Dog Water Safety

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Not all dogs swim well, but all dogs can learn to swim

Although the majority of dogs are great swimmers, there are a couple of breeds whose body structure and/or weight distribution make swimming hard. Bulldogs, Boxers, and Greyhounds, for instance, have a body weight density and coat that challenge their capability to swim. On the other hand, breeds such as Labradors or Golden Retrievers have webbed feet, along with fur that traps air, making them more buoyant in the water. A lifejacket is also ideal for older dogs or dogs with medical problems such as hip dysplasia.

Some dogs are really comfortable in the water. Take a look at Captain Crusoe, The Dachshund:

The potential for danger exists even for dogs that swim well

Conditions like fast-moving water, considerable distances from shore, or cold water temperatures can surprise even the strongest swimmers. Using a canine life jacket any time your dog is in and around the water will permit for fast rescue in swift currents, ocean waves, or when your dog has reached a point of exhaustion.

Keeping an eye out for hazards

Dogs can be unaware of dangers whenever they’re having fun in the water. Rocks, boats, fishing gear, and other human and natural obstacles, represent risks that can quickly bog a dog down in the water, limiting their capability to swim. A dog wearing a canine float coat has a far better probability of avoiding disaster by being more buoyant in the water.

Hypothermia can impact dogs in the water

Dogs that are very young and very old are more vulnerable to hypothermia. A life jacket provides buoyancy, so dogs can spend less energy remaining afloat and more energy staying warm.


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