Close
Click Here To Sign Up!
BaxterBoo Blog
February 17, 2013

Teaching Your Dog How to Swim

main image

Step 1. Health Check Please

The first step to teaching any dog to swim is talking with your vet. Not all dogs are healthy enough or strong enough to swim. It is crucial for the safety of your dog to be certain that this venture won't leave you with a drive to the emergency vet clinic.  

Step 2. Test the Waters

A plastic children's pool is a good place to start. Begin with letting your dog get in and out of the water on his own, then move to having him get in and out of the water on your command. If you have friends or family that have dogs that already know how to swim, bring them over!  The more the merrier, and your dog will have an easier time adjusting to the water. 

Step 3. Get in When it Feels Right

Once you have made it to this point, your dog should feel fairly comfortable with the water.  Go to a nearby lake, a backyard pool, or a pond and play with your dog near the water.  Toss a ball in an area where he can still reach it without having to swim.  Bring along some of those doggy friends we mentioned before and let your dog get in as he wishes.  Don't force him or he may become scared and a fear of water can be a hard thing to break.

 

Don't forget to test out dog life vests if it seems that your dog needs a little assistance along the way!

What do you think?

Name:
You are not logged in.
This entry was posted by Daniel.

Recent Articles

article image

December 6, 2016

Share the Love, Become a Foster Pet Parent

  Have a hole in your heart but don’t feel like a long term commitment? Consider helping an animal in need. Every day there are shelter cats and dogs in need of temporary care. If you have extra love to give but aren’t able about to


article image

December 6, 2016

Watch this: Kitten Attacks Reflection

We see you Tuesday and we're ready for you! 


article image

December 5, 2016

Tips for Adopting an Animal This Holiday Season

Presenting someone with the gift of animal companionship is truly something special. If a friend or family member has been expressing a desire to own a dog or cat, adopting one from a shelter is a generous act that will benefit both your community an


Subscribe to

Baxter's Backyard!