Start in shallow water. Lakes, ponds, and pools are ideal.
A doggy life jacket provides support and reassurance.
Use A Flotation Device
Reward your dog when they enter the water. Treats create positive associations.
First, simulate swimming movements on ground. Helps them learn the motions.
Practice On Dry Land
Don't rush into full swimming. Wade into deeper water gradually.
Take It Slow
If you get anxious, your dog will too. Remain patient, calm and encouraging.
Bring toys and play games. Swimming should be an enjoyable experience.
Make It Fun