If you and your dog love the water and plan to head away on coastal break, here’s some water safety tips for dogs to keep in mind and the most important accessory you will need.
Firstly you will need to make sure that the house is fully fenced, and any pools and spas are also fenced, to keep your dog safe from any accidents. You can check out our general checklist on what to look for when booking a pet friendly holiday.
When it comes to the water, dogs might instinctively know how to tread water if they fall in, (that’s why its called doggy paddle), but they aren’t always natural swimmers.
So if you are holidaying near a beach or waterway it’s really important your dog has been properly introduced to water and knows how to swim.
You might even have a dog that enjoys heading out on a kayak, stand up paddle board or even a boat with you, so even if your dog can swim a life jacket is really important.
The EzyDog life jackets not only look cool, but will keep your dog extra safe should you take a tumble, or should your pooch get carried away in the excitement and jump into the water when you’re a bit far from shore.
Unlike some others on the market, the EzyDog life jackets keep your dog upright in the water and don’t hinder their natural movement. They’re also great for teaching your dog how to swim or just gain some confidence in and around water.
When using a life jacket it is imperative that it is manufactured with high quality materials that won’t wear and tear quickly or lose buoyancy after a few trips. The EzyDog floattion devices are also reflective so are great when the sun starts to set, adjustable and most importantly, easy to grab in case you need to quickly reach for them in the water.
Now you have a few key water safety tips to keep your pooch safe, why not book yourself a coastal getaway with Take Your Pet.
About the Author: Lara Shannon is co-Host of Pooches at Play and has completed a Certificate III in Dog Behaviour & Training with the National Dog Trainers Federation. Lara also runs her own dog walking, dog minding and dog training business in Melbourne’s Bayside area.