As we all know, dogs are born with strong natural instincts, such as barking, digging and being totally lovable to humans. They are also great at catching balls, chasing things and hunting. However, do all dogs are born to be good swimmers? The answer may be not 100% yes.
Most dogs are not born knowing how to swim, even the water retrievers like Labradors and Chesapeake Bay retrievers, must learn how to swim as puppies or young adults. Training a dog to swim is not necessarily a difficult task, but it does require a willing dog and water deep enough that the dog cannot touch bottom with his feet. Given their physical capability and mental capacity, many dogs can learn to swim quickly.
Firstly, you need to take your dog to your local dog friendly lake beach or swimming pool, or if you have a backyard pool to let him know about what is it. And then allow your dog to approach the water gradually. Let him sniff the water and lap at it as he desires, as long as it is not chlorinated pool water. Since most of the dogs like playing with water, it is not a hard step for you.
Secondly, for safety, help your buddy put on the dog life jacket (dog flotation vest), attach the leash and walk slowly into the water, letting him get used to have wet feet, if your pet is reluctant, bring a toy or a few training treats to coax her in farther. Encourage your furry friend with a positive tone of voice and praise when he enters the water.
Thirdly, gradually take him into deeper water until she must start paddling to stay afloat, at this point, you can use an arm to provide support under your dog’s belly if he appears to need the extra support. Keep supporting her until she seems comfortable in the water and can swim slowly.
When the lesson is over, do not forget to get your dog out of the pool. Take your time showing her the proper and safe way to exit the pool so he can find his own way out the next time. do not forget to prepare your doggie a dry dog blanket to dry his hair.