Rachel
Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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Teaching A Dog To Swim

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
May 3 ·
teaching a dog to swim

Swimming is a great activity for you and your pup to do together. It’s great exercise and will keep your doggo busy and cool on a hot, summer’s day. But can all dogs swim? Let’s talk about teaching a dog to swim safely.

Do All Dogs Like The Water?

Believe it or not, no. Not all dogs like the water. There are some dog breeds that were bred to be in the water. For instance, they were used for hunting waterfowl and performing other water activities.

For example, some of these breeds are:

In addition to dog breeds bred for swimming, some other breeds enjoy swimming simply for the activity.

However, it also depends on the dog’s coat type, size, and personality. For example, smaller dogs and dogs with short coats can get cold easily. So, they may be prone to not liking water or swimming.

On the other hand, some other dogs, significantly bigger dogs with long coats, may love taking a dip in the pool.

What To Do If Your Dog Doesn’t Like Water?

In addition to some breeds that love the water, there are plenty of dog breeds that don’t like the water at all. For instance, they’re not even happy to get a bath, let alone go swimming. 

For example, these dog breeds typically don’t like water or swimming:

Remember, it will also depend on their personality as well. While these dog breeds usually don’t like water, some might enjoy it, depending on their family’s lifestyle.

So, if you have a dog that doesn’t like the water, should you force them to go swimming?

Absolutely not. If they don’t like the water and don’t know how to swim, it’s not worth it to force them in.

If you force your dogs to go swimming, they might develop a fear of the water. On the other hand, some dogs might need to grow into it. Also, it will turn them off from getting a bath.

Bathing should be a positive experience, and if you make them afraid of water by forcing them to go swimming, then bath time will be a stressful experience for everyone involved.

How To Teach A Dog To Swim

If your dog enjoys the water and you frequent the beach or go to a lake for vacation, you’ll want to teach your dog how to swim.

Before you do anything, you’ll want to bring your doggo to the pet store. There, you can buy them a doggy life jacket. Test it out and make sure that it fits them well.

Whether your dog knows how to swim, they should always wear their lifejacket while in the water.

Start Small

Once you have a lifejacket, make sure you get your dog used to wearing it. Again, you want swimming to be a positive experience. If they’re uncomfortable in their lifejacket, they’ll have no interest in the water because your pup will associate one with the other.

First, introduce your dog to the water. This can be a plastic kiddie pool where your dog can get their paws wet and lay down in it without getting too soaked. If they seem to enjoy that and willingly go in the kiddie pool when it’s filled, you can move on to a pool.

In the pool, have your dog wear their lifejacket. Make sure you’re in the pool with them to monitor their movements. Also, make sure there are no other kids around. It should be quiet and calm.

All dogs know the doggy paddle since it’s instinct. As they swim around, encourage your doggo by giving them positive praise.

Once they seem to get the hang of the shallow end of the pool, you can slowly allow them to swim in the deep end.

Always Keep An Eye On Your Dog

Once they get the hang of it and seem to enjoy swimming, you can bring them on vacation with you.

For example, as long as your doggo has its lifejacket on, you can bring them on a boat and allow them to swim in the lake or even in the ocean at the beach. 

However, unless they’re in the kiddie pool, make sure that you swim with your dog. They should always have their lifejacket on, and you should never let them go swimming unattended.

Swimming Is Fun For Dogs

Swimming is a good activity for dogs. It gives them plenty of physical activity and mental stimulation. Also, if the dog enjoys the water, it’s great fun for them. 

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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