Summer is here. With this hot temperature, it is normal for people to go to the beaches or water parks for leisure and for swimming. And yes, our fur babies can feel the heat too!
Taking your dogs for a swimming date for the first time is not always a walk in the park. The water can be pretty intimidating for them and they can be anxious.
According to the American Kennel Club, it is good to start young when taking your dogs to swim. It is better that they will know that swimming is fun and good.
Below are some few tips you can do before taking your dog on your swimming date.
Yes, you can get your four-legged friend a life jacket. The type of jacket you can buy for your dog is the one with a handle on the top part.
With this, you can easily grab your dog when needed and without struggling. You can let your dog walk around on land for a while wearing the vest so that it can get used to it.
You can start easing your dog on the water in a small shallow basin. You can also do this in a baby pool or a bathtub since pools can be intimidating.
Start with a shallow amount of water and let your dog be familiarized with the feel of the water. You can watch their paws do paddle while in the water.
You can use your fur baby’s favorite toy to get them into the water. Let your paw friend enjoy its time with its favorite toy in the water.
You can also throw or put the toy a little farther, this will encourage the dog to go after it and swim its way to it. You can also use some treats as an enticement.
If your pup isn’t immediately excited about swimming or getting into the water, it is ok. Just let it adjust and get used to it.
Be observant when swimming with them. If you see that they are getting nervous and anxious, do some praises and positive reinforcements to them. Letting them rest when they seem to get tired of paddling is ok too.
Be patient to your pup and don’t pressure it about getting into the water already.