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Pool Time Safety Tips for Dogs

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August 2014 was the hottest month ever recorded. So, while summer may feel like it’s starting to wind down, we can likely expect some hot weather throughout August. And that could mean trouble for our four-legged friends.

As this article on the dangers associated with hot weather points out, heat exhaustion is a very real threat for dogs. So, it’s important to help them cool off as temperatures soar.

If you plan to enjoy some time by the pool with your dog in these last weeks of summer, that’s certainly a great way to help your dog stay cool. But it means you’ll need to be extra cautious and protect your dog from possible pool-related dangers.

Here are a few pool time safety rules to keep in mind:

Don’t assume your dog can swim. Because we’re all so familiar with the “doggy paddle,” often we assume that all dogs can swim. PriorityPetHospital.com points out that that simply isn’t true. However, the article notes, if your dog does like being in the water, it’s important to immediately train them how to find the stairs, which is their only option for getting out of the pool. It suggests using a landmark—like a patio chair—to help them learn where the stairs are as you train.

Keep your pet away from pool chemicals. If you’re a pool owner, then you know the number of chemicals required to keep a pool safe for humans. This article provides a comprehensive list of those chemicals and gives a good idea of just how toxic they are. Be sure your pool chemicals are locked away so that your pet can’t get anywhere near them and clean up any spills or leaks immediately. And though a pool’s chemical levels should be safe for dogs, it’s still a good idea to be on the look out for any signs of irritation, such as red eyes or skin reactions.

Cool them off with these treats. Taking a dip in the pool will definitely help your pet stay cool, but they’ll need some extra help cooling off when they aren’t in the water. A frozen dog treat can do the trick. These tasty options, include chicken pops and frozen banana treats. They are especially great to whip out when you’re barbecuing by the pool. They make for an effective distraction so that your four-legged family members won’t be as attracted to “human” foods, especially those that can be dangerous for them such as corn cobs and bones.

Protect their feet. Your pet’s paws are very sensitive. As this article from Banfield Pet Hospital recommends, always check a surface yourself before allowing your dog to walk on it. Before entering the pool area, place your own bare foot on the surface for 10 seconds. Banfield notes that if the surface feels too hot for you then it is definitely too hot for your dog.

These last weeks of summer can be fun and refreshing for your dog—especially when you head to the pool. But if you do decide to let them take a dip, be sure you know how to keep them safe from common pool-related dangers.


Vee Cecil is passionate about wellness. She often studies the topic and shares her findings on her recently-launched blog. She is also a Kentucky-based wellness coach, personal trainer, and bootcamp instructor.

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Gilly Meets Doctor Who

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We all know this face. In addition to saying, “I love you,” it is also saying, “I’m bored. Please play with me!” In order to enjoy long-lasting good health, any pup needs a good regimen of active playtime (hopefully at least a solid 30 minutes of activity each day).

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That said, Gilligan is very picky about the types of play activities he likes to get into. Unlike a lot of dachshunds, “ball” is of zero interest to our wiggly friend. Take a look at what happens when we try…

Needless to say, Gilligan was not having a ball.

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All puns aside, we’ve established that as far as play goes, Gilly loves running around in fields and pools (that’s around pools, NOT in them), and of course playing with anything edible (really, just eating it). But it was a bit of a struggle finding something that he truly enjoys playing with.

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Gilly used to like his blue bone toy, but it has since lost its squeak and no longer carries any interest.

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We needed a new toy for our little doxie, so we shopped around and made a very wise choice…

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Introducing: Doctor Who, Gilly’s new squeaky owl toy and best friend (after us humans of course)!

Gilly took to Doctor Who right away. Maybe it was because of his fresh squeak, or because the two both share large round eyes and a beautiful brown coat in common. Either way, it was love at first sight.

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Toy success, at last!

That still leaves the matter of finding a good sport for Gilly to get into. Luckily, he is a natural sprinter.

In our next play-themed post, we’ll show you how Gilly practices his “dachshund dash” form. See you then!

 

 

 

Poolside Fun – Part 2 w/Video Clip Ending

It’s mid-September, and here in New England that means the end of summer and the transition to fall. Today, we go back to the pool for one last hurrah before we get ready to turn our thoughts to autumn foliage, warm cider, and all the turkey- and costume-filled holidays (what’s that October one called? Hallo… what’s the last syllable?).

Last time at the pool, Gilly donned his nautical collar and goggles and got ready to take to the water on his radical boogie board.

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This time, the goggles come off as Gilligan reveals his unfortunate secret…

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He’s a landlubber!

Yes, contrary to what the name suggests, our friend Gilligan is not a fan of getting wet in nearly any context. Rain (even light rain, or a heavy morning dew) means staying inside and “holding it” instead of going out for a restroom break; super-soakers are the stuff of Gilly’s worst nightmares (right behind the dreaded stink-badger, or “skunk”);  baths are tolerable only because of the massage element, and that nice shampoo Mama and Papa use; and “swimming” is synonymous with “getting out of the water as quickly as possible.”

So, when faced with the prospect of heading out on the boogie board and getting gnarly with the surf (or whatever the manmade pool equivalent to surf might be), it’s no surprise that Gilly’s fear of the water kicks in, keeping him at a solid 2-foot distance…

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“I just can’t do it…”

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If you know and love the Dachshund breed, you will agree that it is often very difficult to get one to do something that he doesn’t want to do. As E. B. White famously put it,

I would rather train a striped zebra to balance an Indian club than induce a dachshund to heed my slightest command. When I address Fred I never have to raise either my voice or my hopes. He even disobeys me when I instruct him in something he wants to do. [1][2]

In this case, Gilligan is acrobatic and swift in heeding the command to retire back into the house.  Check out how fast he goes back inside!

While warm weather and walks are the stuff of wiener heaven, watersports are one element of the summer that Gilligan will not miss. For now, he’s sticking with the Great Indoors.

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  1. Goodman, Jack (1947). The Fireside Book of Dog Stories. University of California: Cassell and Co. p. 591.
  2. Busby, Mark; Dixon, Terrell (2007). “Of Dachshunds and Dashes: Subjects and Style in E.B. White and John Graves, by Dickie Maurice Heaberlin”. John Graves, Writer. Published by University of Texas Press. p. 266. ISBN 0-292-71494-7.

Poolside Fun – Part 1

Being the end of the summer and beginning of the fall, we’re lucky to have another great weekend of going bananas in the cabana here in sunny-for-now New England!

Gilly heads poolside to cool off in the shade with his favorite bone…

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Relax in the arms of a lovely lady…

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…then get nautical with his best sailing collar and swimming gear!SONY DSC

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With Papa’s help, Gilly gets his goggles on and prepares for the pool!

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Let’s take a crack at these waves, bro! Surf’s up! Where’s that righteous boogie board?

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See you next time in Part 2, where we hit the water for real! 😀