So you like to dive? Maybe your dog does too! Lots of dogs absolutely love to swim so why not teach your dog a trick or two about diving as well. Incorporating your dog into activities you enjoy is a great way to spend time with your pup while also doing something for yourself. So grab your dog and head to the pool, the ocean or your local watering hole for some diving fun! These activities will help you get started.
If you are an avid diver, then the first activity you should do with your dog is to also teach them to dive. That's right, dogs can dive too! While your pup may not be as graceful as you are, they can definitely learn some cool moves. Maybe your pup will learn to flip before entering the water or maybe you can help them perfect the cannon ball (or belly flop!). No matter what, you are bound to have fun teaching your dog to dive. As always, go slow and make sure your dog is safe - diving takes time to learn.
If your dog enjoys the water, they may also enjoy chasing a Frisbee into the water. Many dogs will follow a Frisbee or tennis ball anywhere and what a perfect place to play ball - by the water! But the name of this game is who can get to the Frisbee first, you or your pup. You will dive to get the Frisbee while your dog will swim. The race is on! This is definitely a great way to let your dog cool off on a hot day as well and, of course, a way for you to get to dive.
If your dog is serious about their diving (and by that we mean they really enjoy jumping in the water and do it again and again and again without encouragement), then maybe they need to enter the competitive world of doggy dock jumping. It's true, there are competitions just for dogs who love to jump into the water! You will need to train first as this is a serious pup sport. Based on agility, speed and length of jump into the water, your dog will have a lot of goals to work toward, all of which will be great fun when training with their favorite diver - you!
If you love diving but your dog is hesitant to get in the water, buy them a kiddie pool to lounge in and slowly get their paws wet.
While you are practicing your diving, let your pup and a friend lounge under an umbrella and dig in the sand at the beach. Sometimes a dog just needs to lay in a nice, cool, sandy hole.
An active, water loving dog is going to truly enjoy being part of your diving routines, so never leave your pup at home if you are going diving! From diving with your dog to teaching your dog how to be a professional dock jumper, diving is just as much for your pup as it is for you. So head on over to your favorite spot to dive and swim and let your pup lead the way into the water!