How can you teach your dog to swim?

If you have a dog and you like to go to the beach, then try taking your pet with you. But first, teach him how to swim.

Do all dogs know how to swim?

There is an opinion among people that absolutely all dogs can swim. But it is not so. Of course, virtually any dog ​​can survive on the water and try to move on an instinctive level. But how exactly he will do it depends on several factors.

The first is a breed. So, there are born swimmers, and there are dogs who can swim with difficulty. These include those with excessively short legs, flattened muzzle or massive sternum. These include dachshunds, bulldogs, greyhounds, basset hounds, corgi, scottish terriers and some others.

The second factor is character traits. If some dogs are happy to frolic in the water and love it, others are frightened and frightened by the water element, and they absolutely cannot bear everything connected with it.

When to start?

When can I start learning swimming? Getting started is not earlier than three months and only if the dog has all the necessary vaccinations.But it is also important to choose the right weather, because the water temperature in the reservoir should be comfortable for the pet. So it is advisable to wait until the middle of June or July (if the spring was warm enough).

Which place to choose?

Pick the right place. If the dog is small, then you can try to teach her to swim in the bathroom. If the breed is large, then select a reservoir. But it should be small, not too deep and not have a strong flow and flat bottom. So, you can come to a small pond or lake. But it's worth choosing not too crowded place, as the congestion of people can additionally frighten the dog. Continue classes can be on the river, but choose not the wild and dirty beaches, but clean and equipped, otherwise the dog can get hurt or begin to be distracted by garbage.

What to do?

How to teach a dog to swim? It is necessary to act methodically and gradually. Here are some basic steps:

  1. First, just introduce the dog to the water. Bring her to the pond, show that he is not scary at all. Type in a hand of water, give your pet a closer look at it. Wet your hand and stroke your pet, try to spray it a little.
  2. Take a pet in your arms and go with him water. Gradually lower the water to the dog's coat.
  3. Put the pet ashore and gradually lead into the water. It is better to use a leash to control the situation. Next, get your pet deeper, so that the water reaches his chest.
  4. Move deeper and hold your pet while moving it forward. Instinctively he must begin to move his paws. Keep up the good work, and when you are sure that everything works out, try to remove your hands and give the dog the opportunity to swim independently.
  5. Move away and call your pet to yourself, so that he moves in this direction.
  6. Then you can try to throw a toy into the pond so that the pet tries to enter the water without you. But do not move away from him!
  7. Start to swim for more significant distances.


Useful recommendations for owners:

  • If the pet is not yet ready to learn and does not want to climb into the water, then be patient and give the dog time. If this did not help, perhaps your four-legged friend is not intended for such an occupation.
  • Encourage your pet to try: praise him, give him some goodies.
  • Be careful and under no circumstances do not lose sight of the pet, if you come to the reservoir. Remember that dogs drown quite often, and sometimes because of the negligence of their owners. And if you notice a panic, or the animal began to go under water, then pull it out of the water and take it to the shore.
  • Before starting training, carefully inspect the reservoir. First check the bottom: it should not be slippery and too shallow. In addition, it should not be koryag, broken bottles and other dangerous items. As for the flow, the ideal option would be moderate and insignificant (you can do without it). In addition, there should be no poisonous or biting inhabitants in the reservoir (in general, any animals will distract the dog from practice).
  • Cancel training if your pet is sick, feeling ill, tired, excited, or in a bad mood.
  • Do not conduct classes in the heat, it can lead to overheating or sunstroke.
  • If the dog is pregnant or elderly, then it will get tired much faster, consider this.
  • In order to avoid scratches and other damages, do not take off your clothes or at least put on a light shirt (the dog may unknowingly injure you with claws).
  • For long distances, swim only together.
  • You should not change direction too quickly, it is difficult for dogs to turn sharply in the water.

Make an effort, be patient, and your dog will definitely learn how to swim!

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