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Splashes of Fun: Safe Water Activities for Your Canine Companion

As the sun casts its warm glow over Renton, WA, the allure of cooling off by the water becomes irresistible for humans and our canine companions. Dr. Arshdeep Mann and the dedicated team at Happy Tails Animal Hospital know the joy that water activities can bring to dogs and their owners. However, they also emphasize the importance of safety to ensure that every splash leads to smiles, not stress. This guide offers pet owners a dive into safe water activities for dogs, ensuring a summer filled with wet, wagging tails and safe, sunny skies.

Embracing Water Safely

Before making a splash, understanding your dog’s swimming capabilities and comfort level with water is crucial. Not all dogs are natural swimmers and even breeds that love water need supervision.

Safety First: Tips for Water Play

  • Life Jackets: A well-fitted canine life jacket is a must for dogs in deep water or who are new to swimming.
  • Supervision: Never leave your dog unsupervised near water, even if they’re experienced swimmers.
  • Hydration: Ensure your dog drinks fresh water before and during water activities to prevent them from drinking chlorinated pool water or seawater.

Water Activities That Make a Splash

1. Beach Days:

  • Enjoy the waves and sand with your dog, keeping an eye on them as they play. Remember to check local regulations to find dog-friendly beaches.

2. Pool Time:

  • Introduce your dog to the pool gradually, showing them the steps or ramp to get in and out safely.

3. Dock Diving:

  • For adventurous dogs, dock diving offers a thrilling leap into water from a dock or platform. Many areas offer classes and events specifically for dogs.

4. Paddleboarding and Kayaking:

  • Calm bodies of water are perfect for trying out paddleboarding or kayaking with your dog. Start with short sessions to build their confidence.

5. Sprinkler Fun:

  • A simple backyard sprinkler or hose can provide cooling fun for dogs who are hesitant about more immersive water activities.

After the Splash: Post-Water Care

After enjoying water activities, Dr. Mann advises pet owners to:

  • Rinse your dog off to remove chlorine, salt, or lake residues.
  • Dry your dog thoroughly, paying special attention to their ears to prevent infections.
  • Check for ticks if you’ve been in natural water bodies or areas with tall grass.

The Role of Happy Tails Animal Hospital

Dr. Arshdeep Mann and the Happy Tails Animal Hospital team are committed to your pet’s health and happiness, offering resources and care tips for enjoying the summer safely. From wellness checks to advice on water safety, Happy Tails is here to support pet owners in ensuring their dogs have a fun and safe summer.

Water activities can provide enriching, enjoyable experiences for dogs, fostering physical health and deepening the bond between pets and their owners. With the proper precautions and the support of Happy Tails Animal Hospital, pet owners in Renton, WA, can look forward to a summer of memorable, safe water fun with their canine friends. For more information on keeping your dog safe around water or to schedule a summer health check-up, contact Happy Tails Animal Hospital at 425-254-2779. Here’s to a summer filled with joyous jumps into the water and happy paddles along the shore.


  1. American Kennel Club (AKC): Provides guidelines on teaching dogs to swim and selecting the right life jackets.
  2. PetMD: Offers tips on keeping dogs safe and healthy during water activities.
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Includes information on preventing waterborne illnesses in pets and humans.
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