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2 Chihuahuas Floating On A Raft

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I don’t know if these 2 are enjoying being on that raft but I sure wish I could be doing that right now!

What do you all think about these two pups on a raft? I have never thought of chihuahuas as being water dogs. I know mine don’t like the water but I’m sure there are some out there that do.

How do you keep them safe in the water? These 2 look safe as they are being supervised and are in a swimming pool. 

Water Safety Tips for Dogs:

  • Most people think all dogs can swim but that’s not true. Chihuahuas usually can swim but can tire easily. It’s best to keep a life jacket on them any time they are near the water. Specially in water with waves like the ocean. 
  • Speaking of the ocean, it’s best to keep a leash on them and in shallow water. You don’t want your dog to be swept out to sea.
  • Keep them away from ponds and lakes. There have been many cases where dogs (and some humans) have died or got seriously ill from parasites, algae and bacteria in the water. 
  • Bring fresh water with you and encourage your dog to drink that instead of the water found in pools, the ocean, or lakes, rivers and ponds.
  • Rinse your dog off after swimming to get any nasties (bacteria, etc.) or salt from the ocean off of them.
  • Never leave your dog unattended around water.
  • If you are at a pool, have a way for your dog to easily climb out of it and show them how to do it.
  • Not water related per se but if your dog is going to be out in the sun for awhile, it might be a good idea to put some doggy sunscreen on them.
  • Always a good idea if you have pets, is to take a dog CPR class. I took one last year and they only last one day and are fun.
  • Never throw your dog into the water.
  • If your dog loves swimming, be sure they take breaks often so they don’t over tire themselves.
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Here’s a few more posts you might be interested in:

Beat the Heat! Recognizing the Signs of Overheating in Your Chihuahua

The Chihuahuas of Summer

Taking Your Chi on a Fun Safe Boat Ride

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Do you take your dog swimming? I’d love to hear your experience and any tips you have.


Julie Cameron

Sunday 5th of June 2022

Hi Cathy,

My Heidi hates water, but it is very funny to watch her chase seagulls whilst on the beach, she will chase them even if they fly out over the water and then you see the comical look on her face when she realises that she is standing in water up to her ankles, she then backs out and stops chasing the birds.


Tuesday 7th of June 2022

Haha, you need to get a video of that!

Candice D Roy

Friday 23rd of April 2021

We had our little Bruno - tri color long coat chi - rainbow bridge 7 years ago but always in my heart. He loved to go out in the bay with us on the kayaks. We kept his safety vest on, of course, but he sure loved it!


Friday 23rd of April 2021

It sounds like Bruno had a great life with you.