How to teach a dog to swim?
The ability to cool off on a hot day and catch a ball in the water is a paradise for any dog (with rare exceptions). But for everything to go according to plan, it is necessary to take into account a number of nuances. More about them in our article.
1. Choose a safe pond! Not all water bodies are suitable for swimming, and it is forbidden to bathe dogs on equipped city beaches. How to be? The best option is a pond or lake with a small calm course and a shallow shore. Contrary to a widespread misconception, small reservoirs with standing water for the role of a “pool” are not suitable for a pet: they contain a large number of parasites carried by waterfowl.
2. Accustom your dog to swimming gradually. If your dog has never swum before, never force it into the water and, moreover, do not throw it into the water. Otherwise, your dog will just start to be afraid of water bodies (and everything connected with them). Familiarity with the water should go smoothly. Start with leisurely walks along the shore so that the dog has the opportunity to explore the area. Then carry it away with the game, throw the ball first on land, and then gradually moving to the water. Enter the pond at your ankles or knees, continue the game. Gradually, the dog will make sure that the water does not threaten her, and calmly follow you.
3. When your four-legged friend learns to fearlessly wet his paws in the water, start throwing the toy further into the water, prompting the dog to swim behind it. Knowing the Aport team will be a good advantage! Gradually increase the throw distance.
4. For water games, use special non-sinking dogs toys made from safe non-toxic material (frisbee, Petstages Orka balls, Petstages Dogwood sticks, kong Safestix aport). Children’s toys and other objects not intended for playing with a dog categorically do not fit this role! Read more about this in the article “What kind of toys does a dog need?”.
Games with a dog on the water
5. Remember, each pet is an individual. One dog can rush into the water immediately, even if it comes to the pond for the first time in his life, and the other will take longer to get acquainted with the water procedures. There are individuals, for example, sharpei, who most often do not tolerate bathing, and this quality just needs to be accepted. Do not force the dog to swim if she categorically does not show interest in this. Find another interesting activity – fortunately, there are a lot of them!
6. Do not forget to reward the pet for its success. When a dog fearlessly enters the water or brings you a toy from the water, treat it to a treat.
7. If you are swimming with a dog, throw toys in the direction of movement so that the pet is in front of you and is in your field of vision.
8. Control the time spent in the water: no one canceled the hypothermia even in the summer! On average, it is not recommended to bathe a dog for more than 15 minutes, especially when the water temperature is below 20 ° C.
9. After bathing in the sea, wash the dog’s coat with fresh water.
10. After completing the water procedures, thoroughly wipe the dog, dry it, and only then go on the return trip.
These simple rules will help to make your outdoor recreation comfortable and safe!