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Swimming in pool- at what age?

Hi! We just brought home our new puppy this week. He will be 10 weeks old on Tuesday. At what age can we start introducing him to our pool? We live in south Florida and it’s hot! It’s a chlorine pool, so don’t want to expose him to chemicals too early...
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I started my last guy when he was 12 weeks with me in the pool with him. I live in Delaware and it was in July. I would allow him to stand on the steps and wander to me while I supported him as necessary until he was ready to go. Within a week he was doing small circles around me. I am always in the pool with them until they are much older though. I never make them swim or push them off the step. I also don’t allow my older dog to swim with the puppy when it’s really little.

I rinse them off when they get out to get the chlorine out of their coat.
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I would start them at 8 weeks (let them walk in shallow water and by 10-12 weeks they can venture some with a leash attached. My current Golden was born Oct 2017 so I didn't really start swimming her until about 6 months old (March/April) due to the water being really cold for a pup with that little body weight/mass.

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If they seem to want to , I would start them right away, too. I wouldn't force a scared pup. I'd let them be around and get curious on their own til they can't stand not giving it a try. But for the willing - hold them in the water if there is no shallow wading ability at the beginning. These are water dogs - they usually love it, and learn to swim very quickly (especially if there is another dog there who is swimming around).

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Thank you everyone! What do you do about the chlorine? Is it ok to just hose off after? I don’t want him to have a skin issue due to the chlorine...
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We have a saline pool, which has some chlorine but obviously not as much as a solely chlorine pool. I always hose mine off after swimming, dry him with a towel, dry him with a dryer (cool setting or groomer's dryer) and trust me -- always dry inside his ears and then wash them with MalAcetic Otic Cleanser -- it will save you many a trip to the vet for ear infections.

We didn't get our pool until our dog was about a year or so old. It took me 30 minutes to coax him to the shallow steps and 30 more for him to swim out to me. Teach yours where the stairs are so they don't panic about getting out. I just kept guiding mine to them until he figured out where they were on his own. It didn't take long.

Enjoy! We have had so many fun times with our Golden in the pool.

Edit: Oh -- and about the groomer's dryer -- you won't need one until the coat really starts coming in, but it is one of my favorite items I ever bought for my dog. It's so helpful. Start your puppy young with getting used to a regular hair dryer on the low setting. This is totally off subject, but start him off right away with teeth brushing if you plan to and also get him used to having his paws touched. That's all I have for now. haha
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Thank you everyone! What do you do about the chlorine? Is it ok to just hose off after? I don’t want him to have a skin issue due to the chlorine...

Sure - hose him off. Not too hard a stream from the hose while he's little.

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Thank you so much! Great tips!
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