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Swimming for Dogs – Lessons for Nervous Dogs

Given that swimming for dogs is usually a much enjoyed pastime, we are sometimes surprised when we find that our pet dog doesn’t enjoy it – and more to the point isn’t very good at it. Not only do we tend to expect all dogs to be good swimmers – we have even named a stroke after then – the doggy paddle!

However not every dog knows instinctively how to swim, and some can’t swim at all and have to be taught. Amongst the dogs that enjoy enjoy swimming and are good at it are water spaniels, setters, poodles, retrievers. Dogs that tend not to be able to swim naturally include bulldogs, corgis, dachshunds, Scottish terriers and greyhounds.

If your dog is reluctant to swim then teaching them to do so is not dissimilar to teaching a child – the golden rule of course being never leave them unattended.

If you want to encourage your pet to enjoy swimming for dogs then take note of the following guidelines:

  • Nervous Dogs HydrotherapyNever just throw them in
  • Use encouragement
  • Avoid too much noise
  • Make use of buoyancy aids
  • Support their weight until they can paddle
  • Make it fun
  • Provide treats
  • Make sure to show them how to get out
  • Never leave them unattended

Just as for children floation devices are available and many reluctant dogs just need to wear a vest to make them feel safe an confident and enjoy their time in the water.

At Blossoms Animal Hydrotherapy Centre we can provide a safe and controlled environment in which to encourage your pet to particiapte in swimming for dogs if they are reluctant swimmers – once they feel safe and secure swimmers they will love it.