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Many of us head to warmer climates for vacations with our pets. If you are visiting friends or family who will allow your dog in a pool, make sure to read this primer on pool safety.
Even a covered pool can threaten the safety of a dog that can't swim.
"Many people don’t realize a dog can get under the pool cover or fall right through it," says Kathy Kern, owner of Animal Fitness Center, a San Jose, Calif. based physical rehabilitation clinic that focuses on in-pool canine therapy. "If you have a pool, you should teach your dog where the pool stairs are, how to stay afloat, and how to get out."
Not an easy task, as most dogs - except for a few water-loving breeds, such as the Portuguese Water Dog - don’t have the faintest idea what to do in a pool, Kern says.
Take these three steps to introduce your dog to the water:
It's the time of the year where more members are taking their pets outside to enjoy the fall weather. Those of you headed to dog parks may find these tips helpful:
An expert says at a minimum dog park users should pick up dog waste, "have a reasonable recall on [their] dog, and be respectful of people's feelings." If your dog tends to display dog-dog aggression or plays more roughly than other owners like, closely monitor your dog and keep him under control.