Critters 101: Pool Safety
Many dogs love to swim; why not? It’s a great way to cool off, get some exercise and have fun. In
earlier years, a large number of family pets died in swimming pool tragedies. We take so many
precautions when it comes to protecting our children from the pitfalls of water danger, what are we
doing for our capricious pets? When your dog falls into your pool, it is true that he will be able to
swim for some time, but if you cannot help them soon, they will get overcome with fatigue and their
chances of drowning increase.
Place a ramp in the swimming pool which extends from the pool to the poolside. This will let the
pet walk out of the pool with ease. Take your pet right into the pool with you, and show them how
they can climb out using the ramp. If they are apprehensive, put one of their favorite treats or toys
on the side of the pool at the top of the ramp. Practice until you feel comfortable that your pet has
gotten the idea.
Another good idea is to put some type of columns, like a plant, on either side of the pool steps and
again take your pet into the pool and practice swimming to the steps and climbing out of the pool.