Many dogs love water! While it may not be for every dog, you and your pet may love going to the lake or beach together. It can be fun and freeing for both of you. Though it is a great time to have dogs around water, it is important to practice proper water safety. If you do not use proper water safety techniques, it could be harmful for your dog, yourself, or another person or animal. Before you take your dog to a public beach, familiarize yourself with the area’s regulations and laws. Avoiding legal trouble is a good way to start having fun at the water!
General Safety Procedures
Before you take your dog to the water, make sure you know some safety guidelines to follow.
Letting your dog off-leash
Letting your dog off-leash can be dangerous if your dog is not properly trained. Even if the area is not next to a busy road, if your dog gets too far away from you, it may be difficult to get him or her to come back to you, and you may lose track of your pup. This can be particularly dangerous if neither you or your dog knows the area well. If you are unsure if your dog will stay near you or come when called, keep him restrained or at home. You may be sad to have some fun by the lake or pool without your pooch, but it is not worth the risk of his safety. If your dog is not appropriately trained, it may also be dangerous for other people and animals. If you do not have complete control over your dog, you may be caught in a bad situation. Even if you know your furry friend is good with other dogs, another dog may not be. If a dog approaches another, there could be a fight or another issue. The same applies to people. Your dog may be friendly, but another beach-goer might not like dogs. Before you take your dog off his leash, try out some secure situations, such as at a dog park, to make sure you can control your dog with distractions.
When your dog is first learning to swim choose a quiet and shallow spot. Leave the leash on him while he learns so you can have control and so he or she will stay close. Make sure to get in the water while he or she is learning to ensure safety and bring comfort to your dog. When your dog starts paddling with his front paws, lift his back legs so he can learn to float. Most importantly, do not force your dog to swim or go into the water if he or she does not want to. You cannot force your dog to have fun in the water. If your dog does not want to swim, just let him enjoy your company and the beach. A dog does not have to be in the water to have fun outside. Bring a ball or toy with you which he can play with if they do not want to swim.
If you own a pool
Pool-time can be fun for your pup! But in addition to the safety precautions you should utilize when playing in the water, there are precautions to take when you are not using the pool as well. Keep a fence around your pool so your dog can be safe when you aren’t using it. Keep a sturdy cover on the pool that allows rainwater through. It is dangerous for the dog in the pool, and he can also drown if rainwater collects on the cover. Show your dog the proper ways to get in and out of the water, and make sure to check the temperature on the water before he gets in. Some breeds cannot handle cold water.
Keep these tips in mind when taking your dog to enjoy the water with you, especially when it is his first time. If you are planning a beach trip and your dog is not properly trained, contact us today so we can help make sure the experience is safe and fun for both of you!
Training your dog is essential for having a long, happy life with your companion. Many people may attempt to teach themselves and their pets at home with no professional guidance. People have had positive experiences with using this method, and it is beneficial to start teaching your dog some stuff at home. You know your dog better than anyone, and you can learn what motivates your pet. While there are benefits to attempting to train at home, those of hiring a professional trainer can be far greater.
For many people, the way a dog gets trained at home is through methods learned from the owner’s childhood or from internet research. The techniques learned in this manner are not always the best ways. Many people use the “rub their nose in it” technique for house training, or “popping” the dog when it misbehaves. These methods are outdated and ineffective. Behavior problems, such as jumping and aggression, are especially difficult to manage at home. Mannerisms like this are often dealt with by locking the pup away, yelling at him or her, or simply letting the misbehavior continue. You and your dog both deserve better than a stressed-out, frustrated life.
At Pack Leader we can help you and your dog. Not only can we show your dog the right and wrong ways to act, but we can also teach you how to handle and ultimately eliminate your pet’s issues. Through correction and rewards we can give you the skills to encourage good behavior and discourage the bad. Of course, there are other trainers across the country, each with varying methods and programs. Some may wonder what sets us apart from other training businesses. Simply put, we understand what you are experiencing. Our trainers are all dog owners. We know what it is like to experience frustration with your dog, and sometimes yourself when dealing with at-home training. Our trainers have all dealt with misbehavior in their own pets. We understand how much you love your dog because we have our own. We also consider you and your dog’s happiness in everything we do. While when dealing with some behavior modification we pay stress your dog out so he or she may react, so we may handle the issue, we will do everything we can to keep you and your pet safe and happy.
In addition to our experience with animals, we also have methods that set us apart. We have various programs that can suit any dog’s needs! Our board and train options are great for any dog that needs some extra training attention. Private training sessions are typically done in your home and are mostly used to show you how to train your dog. Group classes are effective for long-term training and socialization. We teach and enforce commands and every program is customized to meet you and your dog’s needs. Our correction and reward methods have been proven effective time and again. We have experienced which techniques work best in our training and are always willing to adapt so we can do what works for your pet.
We offer more than simple obedience training and behavior training, however. We also offer service dog training, trick training (for dogs who are already obedient), and much more! Is there something you want your dog to learn but don’t see it on our website? Let us know! We will do our best to work out a program for you. We have many options for training.
Stars Howl-o also has a strong group of people within its walls. The management and staff have open communication. We help one another and listen. This benefits our clients as the strength and happiness within our company shows itself in our work. Since we have open and honest communication among each other we are always learning what may be better for our clients. We believe in having a positive, healthy environment for everyone involved in our business.
We at Pack Leader K9 Academy also do what we can to help our community and unfortunate animals. We give discounts to people who have recently rescued dogs. We also donate portions of our merchandise proceeds to local shelters and are always looking for new ways to help local rescues and our community.
Why choose us? The answer is easy! We have been where you are, we have effective methods, we radiate positivity, and are always looking for ways to give back. Training is important and often a necessary expense for your dog and your peace of mind. It is never too late to start learning and living a better quality of life.
Contact us today to receive a quote and set up a consultation!