Is Your Pet Afraid Of Water?


When it comes to name the utmost essentials which make up the body of a human being, water accounts to be more than 70% of the total. It is because of this, that we are able to thrive actively. As it is required by humans, so is the need for the plant and animals. Even the abiotic components require water indirectly in some or the other form. Through this, we could say that ‘no water, no life’.

Human beings may use water to many good effects but animals require it only for drinking and bathing purposes. Especially if you keep an animal such as a dog or a cat as pet, you would specifically know what and when the requirements of water for the pets are.

There are no problems whatsoever for a pet owner until he discovers that his or her pet resists facing water, apart from drinking. Ensuring sanitary conditions is the responsibility of a pet owner and washing and cleaning a pet at least once a week is a prime need. It makes sure that your pet remains healthy and is presentable in the society.

When water is indispensable to such an extenct for the pet, its dislike for water may pose numerous problems to it, especially in the summer season. This season has utmost sultry conditions and to keep away from water would definitely not help your causes of keeping the pet clean. Also, the pet might have encountered some dreadful experience previously, which has forced its memory to be alert and cautious when near the water. Under these conditions, you have to think of ways to bring down its fear of facing water and also, not to dread when its body is dampen.

Here are some tips that you could use to test the reaction and improve its ability to trust the water, while it comes near and faces a sprinkle:

Be Sure Of What It Wants:

It is generally believed that most of the four-legged animals are exceptional swimmers. Contrary to the fact, animals that are born in a pet shop or in your own home, might not like the idea of getting drenched. They had to be taught the idea, till it becomes a need for them. If it is opposing to face the water, do not force it for the process or it may never ever like the practice and get agitated for the reason.

Take simple steps for the process such as cover it with a life jacket and leave it a bit distant to the bath tub. You could bring in its favorite toys and a bit of appetizers, which would help you to lure it for the course of action.  Make the process more interesting with scents and flowers and call it by its name with love. If it still shows its discomfort, pat it and praise it well. Offer it treats and slowly take him closer to the bathtub. This may test your patience but you have to render it the time it requires.

When it draws near to the tub, sprinkle a bit of water on its body and see its reaction. In a hot weather, a dog or a cat would not dart away generally and would love the cooling effect. Take a sprinkler or a mug to drench its coat while you place it in a shallow filled bathtub. Wash its body well and dry it afterwards. Offer it treats after the wash too, so that it does not wastes time while you offer to clean it again.

Take Care Of The Surroundings:

While you decide to take your pet out to a swimming pool or a lake or river, it is very necessary to see the kind of environment that is accompanying the water-body. A pet may dislike the idea to face water, out of one or all of the following reasons related to the aesthetics:

  • The water covering the area does not smell nice. A dog’s nose is one of the superb sense organs in the world and if this sense is not satisfied, the dog may never plunge in the water.
  • The surroundings should not contain materials which could hurt the pet rather badly such as broken glass pieces, empty metal containers, bottles, plastic garbage and foul-smelling litter. Some visitors also bring fishing lines and hooks with them which lie on the site unattended after their visit. Be careful of these materials as they could hurt your pet quite easily.
  • When the water is moving, especially in rivers, the currents in the water could take away an unattended swimming pet. Therefore, pets must be kept in close vicinity while you take them to the fast moving waters or rivers.
  • Be careful of the sharp stones and rocks that lie beside the water bodies. Your pets could harm themselves in their presence.
  • If you are taking your pet to visit a sea beach, caution is required to keep it away from the water. It may find some dead jellyfish or a puffer fish, the consumption of whom could be fatal due their poisonous content. It could also be attacked by live sea crabs and other creatures.

All these conditions are necessary for a pet to believe that a water body is not at all a place that could harm it. Rather, it would make more confident to face its fear of water.

When The Pet Is Taken In A Boat:

when you decide to make a boat trip with your pet, your slight unconsciousness could make your pet pay heavily for travelling. Dogs are generally not accustomed to the sounds of water, especially if they travel in a motorboat for the first time. It could be anxious of the sounds and the scenes filled with water. If it happens that your journey is scheduled in an open water-vehicle, be careful of taking your pet in the same boat. Cover it with life jacket and eye protecting devices if it is not encased, so that despite of its annoyance and jump in the water, it does not get hurt.

Offer it timely treats and pats for its good behavior and never let it go away from your notice, lest it may have a lifelong worst experience.

When You Have Pools At Your Home:

Some of the people have swimming pools at home in which they take their pet with them in the summers. It may be a good idea, as far as the sanitary conditions are concerned but a few tricks still need to be taught to the pet so as to make it pool-efficient and a self-dependent swimmer.

First and foremost, the entering into the pool and coming out steps should be very clear to the pet. Teach it the method to go to the pool, the stairs etc. and also how to come out of it. Even if it attempts to go alone without anybody’s notice, it should not get stuck in it. Provide it an ample amount of water to drink beforehand so that it does not drink the chlorinated pool water. The chlorine in the water could be a cause of terrible stomach-aches in the dogs.

Teaching all the pool related tips to your dog would make it efficient enough to muster its need of getting a wash in the summers or whenever it feels like.

After The Play Is Over:

When you have taken your pet for a stroll in a natural water body such as a lake, river, sea-beach or even an artificial swimming pool, the water may not be essentially good and while it evaporates, it leaves behind particles such as salt and chemicals, dirt and germs. To get rid of this, you have to be careful of offering your pet an essential home-wash afterwards to do away with the unhealthy particles.

In this regard, follow the necessary steps which you always schedule, while at home. If the outer coat is dry, brush it or comb it gently so that the large stuck particles could be removed out of the hair. Place it in a bathtub and let its coat be drenched. Apply a pet-special shampoo and rinse it carefully for some time so that the small particles and salts etc. are removed from the skin. Wash it with a sprinkler and dry the coat with a soft cotton towel. After this, it could lounge in the sun.

Performing all the above processes would not only help to keep the pet supple and fresh but also enhance the physical appearance of it. If your pet is agitated with the mere sight of water, you could help it by taking it to natural water bodies which are quite fun to visit. Remember! It is your goodwill that will make a pet like or dislike something in the long run. Therefore, you have to be careful to keep the pet cool and calm while it faces the water. A slight disconcern from your side could lay their safety in stake and result in accidents, making your pet lose its trust from you.