Is your dog a water baby? Today’s Ask Amy responds to a reader with a “water maniac” dog who can’t seem to stay dry no matter what. Some dogs come by the urge due to breeding, such as retrievers who live for diving into water. But even my Magical-Dawg thinks chasing the water from the hose is nearly as good as Frisbee Fetch.
But how do you handle waterlogged pooches as the weather gets cold? Water play and games can be a wonderful pastime in hot weather. Some parts of the country continue to suffer unseasonably warm weather and you can refer to these tips including water games to keep hot dogs cool.
My concern, though, would be for Magic to become used to splish-splashing in the tank (that’s Texan for “man-made pond”) and then try to do the same and fall through winter ice. There’s probably no chance of that this year–our drought has dried up the tanks–but drowning can be a problem for water-loving hounds. Just because they can swim doesn’t mean they won’t drown if they can’t get out of the water. Here’s an article on drowning first aid and water safety as a “just in case” that I hope you’ll never need.
Are your dogs water fanatics? Or do they avoid getting furry tootsies damp? How do you keep them safe? What other suggestions would you have for the owner of the doggy-slob in this Ask Amy?
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