Fact or Myth: Just Throw Your Dog In WaterAug 25, 2021
Dog Swimming Tips:
- Start slow to ensure your dog has a good experience. Used treats or high-value rewards every time they go near or touch the water.
- Try exposing them to an empty kiddie pool to gain confidence, and work up to half-filled. Bonus points if you give them a lick mat or special enrichment treat or toy in the pool.
- Go for a hike and find a creek or lake that they can touch the bottom and choose to engage with the water. The best practice is to use a long leash.
- When the dog is not able to touch the bottom or feel secure then adding a life jacket is the best way to teach your pup to be confident in the water.
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