By Annie Dabb • 01 August 2022 • 12:34
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Make sure your dog can actually swim! While most dogs are natural swimmers, some breeds will struggle to stay afloat in the waves. If this is the case, like humans, you can teach your dog how to swim by holding their belly in the water and encouraging them to kick with their back legs.
It’s also important to ensure that the water is safe for swimming, that means no strong currents or extremely low temperatures. Most beaches will have colour-coded flags so you know whether to dive in or not.
Many people don’t realise, but like humans, dogs can get sunburnt too, especially short haired breeds! When at the beach, try and keep them in the shade. Pet friendly sun cream is also available to buy.
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From Newcastle originally, Annie is based in Manchester and is a writer for the Euro Weekly News covering news and features.
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