DOG walkers across the Borders are urged to take care when walking near water this summer.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has issued the following advice to pet owners: “Walkers should avoid throwing sticks or balls for dogs near water, as they will go after it if they think the owner wants it back, even if they’ve thrown it too far or into dangerous water.

“Never enter the water to try and save a dog – the dog usually manages to scramble out. 

“If your dog loves the water keep it on a lead and make sure you have control to prevent it jumping into hazardous or unsafe areas.  

“Remember wet riverbanks, steep edges or jagged rocks can make it hard for a dog to scramble out and be a slip risk for owners. Don’t lean into water and try and lift your dog out.

“If your dog has struggled in the water it may have inhaled water and should see a vet as dogs can drown after the event.”