Summer Fun! Tips On Getting Your Pup To Swim
As the temperatures rise and the days get longer, we’re breaking out the floaties and paddle boards, and bringing along our best furry friend! Read below for tips on how to get your pooch to doggy-paddle as good as the rest of ‘em!
1. Safety First!Novice or pro, never leave your pup unattended in any water, yes, even the bath. When your pup is learning to swim, equip them with a life jacket that fits their size and weight. You’ll want to get your pup familiar with wearing it before they hit the water. Try putting it on them during dinner or bath time and rewarding them with treats.
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2. Start Young (If possible!)You can start getting your puppy comfortable with water as soon as you bring them home! The bathtub is a great place to get your furry friend acclimated to the water, it’s also a great place to have them try out their life jacket.
3. Ease Your Pup inIt’s normal if your dog doesn’t take to water like a fish on their first day.
In order to avoid a negative or scary experience on their first go, start by putting your pup in an area where it slowly inclines deeper rather than tossing them in deep water (even if they are wearing a life jacket). If your dog has a negative experience in the water, they will be more apprehensive to get back in. Make sure that you can be right there to monitor as the explore. Gradually you can guide your pooch deeper, try treats or if your dog likes to retrieve, try tossing a ball gently away from them.
Through lots of patience, attention and treats, any puppy or adult dog can become a confident swimmer! Remember to always monitor your pup and fit them with a life jacket while they're still learning.
In no-time at all you’ll have a dog eager to get their paws wet!