There are lots of fun things to do with your dog especially this coming summer. One of these is swimming in the sea. Most probably, you are confident that you can do this activity together since you believe the old adage that ”all dogs can swim.” However, in reality, not all dogs can swim. They can be trained to swim but not all dogs are natural swimmers. In fact, there are certain dog breeds that can never be good at swimming. Nonetheless, you can still help your dog learn how to swim and make him be more comfortable in the water. Here’s how.
Make the Idea of Swimming Appealing to your Dog
To help your dog become comfortable in the water, make the idea of getting the water appealing. Take him to a walk first and let him watch the beauty of the sea. Once your dog is tired from walking, he will feel the urge to get wet so he can feel refreshed. Help him associate water with positive things like refreshment and comfort.
Don’t Rush your Dog
Not all dogs will automatically swim in sight of water. Thus, there’s no need to rush your dog. Keep your cool and wait until he becomes ready to get in the water. If your dog is not comfortable, don’t force him to swim. Be patient and take things slow and never let it become a bad experience for your dog.
Hire a Professional Dog Trainer
Teaching your dog how to swim is definitely a daunting task. Hence, you have to work with a professional that will train your dog. Professional dog trainers know what to do so let them do the work for you while you still guide your dog during the whole process.
Ensure your Dog’s Safety
Your dog is precious enough for you to make sure that he is safe all the times. Let him wear life vest when learning how to swim and never leave him unattended when in the water.
Consider your Dog’s Age
Swimming should be introduced to dogs in their early years so you have to consider the age of your dog. If he’s already old but never experienced swimming, it is best to consult with a veterinarian before you take him to the sea and train him how to swim.