|Murray just watching|
Be very careful if your dog is tied to a leash while swimming. We made the mistake early on of hooking Piper to a long rope so he couldn't go too far. What happened was he got all tangled in the rope and had a lot of trouble actually swimming. I think back and wonder what we were thinking back then, but I guess hindsight is 20/20. You live and learn and thankfully we did not have a tragedy. Piper does not come when called every single time, so one of our worries is he will not come back. We now used a retractable extend leash if we have to hook him. I think I would rather chase him around than have him drown because of being tangled in leash.
|Please let me swim!|
We next upgraded from the boat doggie ramp to better made dog boat steps. I can't say Piper ever officially used them before we sold the boat, as we did not encourage him swimming from the boat out in the lake again, but we had the steps just in case he did go in, accidentally or not. I highly recommend them for any boat people with dogs or anyone who has a dog that swims from a dock. I have seen large dogs use them quite easily.
|Dog Boat/Dock Steps|
We currently have an above ground pool we do not allow our dogs to get in. Piper cannot stand that he lives this close to water and can't go in! We have a deck with a safety gate, and good thing, because I am not sure Piper wouldn't take the plunge given the opportunity. We have started to allow them on the deck while us humans are in the pool. We have pool steps and not a ladder which I think would be doable for Piper to get out of the pool should he get in. We do keep a baby type gate on the deck in case we want an extra barrier between him and the pool when he's on the deck watching us anxiously.
Well dog lovers, get out there and enjoy the rest of summer with your dogs. Don't forget to take a big whiff of wet dog when the swimming day is over. Nothing like it! Haha