5 Things to do Before Swimming With Your Dog

Swimming pools and water play in the backyard are often great ways to bond with your poolside companion.  But it's important to be prepared when bringing an animal to the swimming pool so that both you and your pet stay completely safe.  Here are the 5 Things to do Before Swimming With Your Dog in the swimming pool or spa!

1.  Fence your swimming pool.

Adding / Installing a gate or fence around your swimming pool and spa is a great way to prevent any unsafe accidents.  This way, you can be assured your dog isn't going to jump into the swimming pool when you're not looking or isn't going to fall into the swimming pool or spa.

Just like a child who's new to the water, dogs and other pets need to be trained how to swim before letting them jump right into the swimming pool.  Training is also a good opportunity to see how your dog reacts to the water in the swimming pool.  These reactions can range from panic to pure joy.

2. Train your dog / pet.

3. Get a doggy life vest.

There are actual life vests made for pets, including dogs.  Investing in one or two of these is a great way to ensure your dog's safety while training in the swimming pool!

This is something you can learn if you take your dog to an actual trainer for swimming lessons, or if you hire trainer.  But you can also talk to your veterinarian to learn the proper way to give a dog or pet CPR.  This will come in handy in case of an emergency in your backyard swimming pool or spa.

4. Learn doggy CPR.

5. Practice cleaning.

Cleanliness is always an important ritual to work on when you own a pet - whether it's vacuuming their fur off the furniture, giving the hose baths in the backyard, or brushing their teeth.  Hygiene is vital for dogs to stay healthy, so be sure to clean your dog's ears after every splash in the swimming pool or spa to help prevent infection.


Hopefully these tips will help you get your dog, or other poolside companion, to enjoy your custom built swimming pool and spa.  That way, you can truly share your backyard lifestyle with the whole family.  If you have other questions about swimming pools, let us know by calling (800) 282-7665!  You can also contact us anytime online to schedule a free in-home consultation with a California Pools representative near you.  Otherwise, feel free to continue to browse our website to learn more about the California Pools story and look at great design ideas!