Safely Swimming – How to Teach Your Dog to SwimYou first need to remember that not all dogs are good at swimming. Despite what you might have heard, there is no certain breed that is natural born swimmers. Please, do not throw your unsuspecting dog into the water. It’s not going to help them feel confident and happy about swimming. It is true that the small and short-legged dogs are going to have a more difficult time swimming in most cases but not always. Make sure to supervise your dog when you are teaching them how to swim. Make sure they are on a leash and are safely swimming where you can get to them quickly. Once your dog feels safe and confident in their swimming ability, you can take them off the leash and let them have fun. Look out for sunburn on your dog’s nose and ears. Ask your veterinarian what the best method of sun protection is best for your pet. It takes a long time for your pet to digest its food, so wait about two hours before letting your dog hop in the pool for a swimming lesson.
Safely Swimming – It’s Lesson TimeNow that you and your pup are prepared for a swimming lesson, let’s get started.
- Place your pet in the water on the top step of the pool.
- Once he gets his foot, say “steps”.
- Take them a short distance away from the steps and let them swim back to the steps.
- As your dog gains confidence in his swimming ability, you can let them swim over from further away.
- After a little while of gaining confidence, take them out into deeper water and make sure they are using their legs to stay afloat.
- You can support your dog under their chest and tummy as they are working on swimming.
- See if they feel comfortable in the water using all their legs to swim.
- If you notice your pet is nervous, return to the shallow edge of the pool.
- After they have calmed down and are safely swimming or on the steps, you can take them back out again.
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