We may think dogs are natural swimmers. That is not always the case. Not even with Golden Retrievers. Some dogs actually have to work at it. And then there are dogs like Bulldogs and Pugs that need to be watched when they are swimming because of the way their snouts are built. The Shih Tzu in this video seems to have an easy time with water. At least the shallow end of the beach.
How to introduce a dog to swimming
If you are a fur parent who want to introduce your dog to swimming, this article offers some helpful tips. One of them is keep encouraging your dog with reassuring words. And also keep them at the shallow end, where he can touch the ground, and not frightened by the new sensation of the water.
When you introduce your dog to swimming at the beach, do it progressively. Here are some ideas via Outside Online on a smooth and successful introduction.
Make sure introduction to swimming is a pleasant experience for your dog
First, do not toss your dog into the water or force him into the water. You want this to be a pleasant experience so he looks forward to it in the future. Even before you take him to the beach, make sure he has basic obedience to make this a safe experience for him. Walk into the water with your pup, but only in the shallow part where he can stand.
Your basic training will help when you introduce your dog to swimming
Usually dogs don’t like to be left on the shore while you are out in the water. Start with a few heel session. This way, the focus is on the heel, and not on the water. Your puppy is already familiar with heel work, so he is relaxed while being in shallow water. When you see that your dog is relaxed, you can have him retrieve his toy. But make sure that there are no deep holes nearby that he can accidentally lose his footing and get scared.
After a few games of retrieving his toy at elbow-deep water, he probably doesn’t even think about the water anymore. If you notice your pup doesn’t want to swim, there are a few ideas in this article. You can read about them here. Enjoy watching this confident puppy on his first swimming adventure.
Article source: via Outside Online