Summer is a time for taking a dip and cooling off, and that goes for our pups, too! Just remember, you never want to leave your pet unsupervised when in or near the pool and you should practice other swimming safety tips.
Before you and your furry friend jump in, check out these accessories that help keep your pet safe and happy while doggy-paddling.
Poolmaster Dog Swim Vest
An essential for any dog in or by the water, this swim vest fastens in three separate areas to help ensure it fits securely, has a D-ring for a leash, is adjustable and has reflective strips to maximize visibility. Poolmaster Dog Swim Vest, $24.95
For a dog who wants to lounge in the water, this raft (available in small and large sizes) is the perfect vessel. It's easy to inflate and deflate, and is durable, so claws probably won't cause a problem. For extra safety, we suggest having your dog wear a swim vest while on the raft and in the water. Paws Aboard Inflatable Raft, $39.99-$53.99
Formerly known as the Cool KONG, the KONG Aqua (available in medium and large sizes) is a floating retrieval toy that is fun both in and out of the water. It has a foam core, which keeps it afloat, plus a long rope for throwing.
Give your dog a leg up and help him out of the pool with this portable "dock," which easily attaches to pools, docks and most boats. The patented flotation system keeps it from being too steep to help prevent slipping, sliding or falling.
These miniature volleyballs are easy to throw (thanks to the nifty loop handles) and simple to find, because they're bright and buoyant. They are nontoxic, have squeakers inside and dry off quickly after a day of play. Note: Never leave your pet alone with toys that could potentially be torn apart and swallowed. Body Glove Pet Dog Volleyball Toys, $9.99 each
All for Paws Chill Out Neoprene Aqua Toys, Assorted
Make swimming more fun for everyone by playing a game of fetch with these neoprene toys. They float in the water, making them fairly easy to spot and grab, plus they come in three shapes, so you can find one that your pup will really love. But remember, you should not leave your pet alone with any toys that could be potentially chewed and swallowed. All for Paws Chill Out Neoprene Aqua Toys, Assorted, $8.99