Most dogs can swim, but not all. Be sure to know your pet's ability before attempting. When first starting to teach your pet to swim, begin in the shallow part of a pool and stay beside them until they are comfortable. Never throw your pet into a pool to sink or swim.
Heat can be more intense near the water. If the pool deck or beach is excessively hot, be sure to protect their paws from getting burned by staying off the hot cement or sand.
Always have plenty of safe water for drinking. Keep your pet from drinking the pool or beach water. The chlorine, salt, and bacteria in the water can cause your pet to become ill. Having fresh tap or bottle water available will not only quench their thirst, but also significantly help prevent them from becoming dehydrated.
Rinse off your pet after swimming at a pool or beach. Pool water and salt water can dry your pet's skin. Rinsing off your pet will also remove the dirt and bacteria that can cause skin infections.
When out on a boat, your pet should wear a life jacket. When far from the shore, a life jacket can protect your pet from muscle cramps or exhaustion.
While at the beach be sure to have a shady spot for protection from the sun. Short-haired dogs can get sunburned quickly. The shade will protect them from the extreme heat of the day.
Be sure that your pet knows where the stairs or ladders are located to exit the pool. You want your pet to be able to exit the pool themselves in case they fall while unattended. If they can't get out of the pool on their own, they can become exhausted and drown.
Pool covers should be securely fastened down at all times. This will help prevent your pet from slipping under the cover and possibly drowning.