As summer approaches, demand for our line of dog ladders increases. Those of you who have a swimming pool and let your dog use it, will undoubtedly want to purchase a WAG Boarding Steps ™ Model PM-6 dog pool ladder or our recently introduced Model XPM-6 so your dog can safely get out of the pool. WAG Boarding Steps are for dog use only and have a maximum capacity of 130 pounds.
We hear stories all the time about dogs that have learned to climb the human swim ladder. This may be cute, but not smart. Swim ladders are steep and do not have an integral toe plate to prevent the dog from slipping off the back side of the rung. Injuries or early joint problems are bound to happen if you let your dog use the human swim ladder.
There are some other safety precautions you should take relative to dog pool safety.
- If your dog is a senior, overweight or generally sedentary, check with your veterinarian first before allowing them to swim. A personal floatation device may be a good safety measure.
- No dog should be given unsupervised access to a backyard pool. Even if a pool cover is on, many dogs have lost their lives following an unexpected tumble into a covered pool. The cover is disorienting and it’s almost always impossible for a dog to find his way out.
- Obedience training is extremely important. Your dog should wait at the edge of the pool until given permission to enter. Your dog should come when called, even when swimming.
- Keep safety floatation devices attached to a line nearby for emergency use.
- Avoid letting your dog drink pool water. Always keep an ample supply of fresh water around so your dog can drink without attempting to drink from the pool.
- Rinse your dog off after being in the pool to get chlorine and other pool chemicals off their coat and skin. Dry areas where water can collect (e.g., ears, groin, armpits) to avoid moisture-induced infections.
Above all, use common sense. Most dogs love the water, but do not spend a lot of time thinking about safety. They are counting on you for that.