Dogs love water! If you have a swimming pool, your dog is going to want to swim. Should you let them? The short answer is that assuming your pool is properly balanced (especially the sanitizer - whether bleach or salt), there’s nothing wrong with allowing your dog in the pool. Here are some ways you can make swimming safer and more healthy for your dog and the entire family.
Most people think that dogs are natural swimmers. Many are, but some are not. Some of the worst swimmers have non-buoyant bodies, so will sink to the bottom of the swimming pool if they aren’t wearing a life vest. Examples of dogs that are not safe unattended by the pool include basset hounds, bulldogs, dachshund, bugs and boxers. Even if your dog is NOT a natural swimmer, you can still introduce them to your pool and give them the enjoyment of swimming with your family.