Activities For Dogs With Owners Who Like Diving

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Introduction

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.

Doggy Dive

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Doggy Life Vest
Towel
Fresh Water to Drink
Collar
Treats
Activity description

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. 

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Swimming hole
Head over to a spot where dogs are allowed to swim. This may be a local pool that allows pups, the ocean or a nice lake. Wherever you go be sure pups can go in the water - it's no fun when you're about to jump in with your pooch and the fun is spoiled by a "No Dogs Allowed" sign.
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Test the water
Let your pup go for a swim before trying to dive. This is a good time to observe your dog and make sure they enjoy the water. It will also help your dog get familiar in the water and get their swim paws ready! Remember to put their life vest on, just in case. If you don't think your dog is enjoying the water, let them rest while you practice your diving - you never want to push the activity on your pup, this is meant to be fun!
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Dive in
Bring your dog to a diving area where the water is deep enough that they will not hit the bottom. Show your dog how it's done. Demonstrate leaping off a diving board or diving surface and into the water. Then, call your pup in. Most likely, they will run in after you! Work on their diving skills from there and incorporate flips, spins and tricks as they get better and better at diving! Treats will also be appreciated…
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Team Frisbee

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Sunny Day
Cheap
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1 hr
Items needed
Frisbee or Ball
A Friend
Towels
Collar
Activity description

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.

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Get ready
Head to your local dog friendly swimming spot and pick a friend up on the way. You will need at least two humans for this game - one to throw and one to dive. Bring your dog's Frisbee and a few towels as well to dry off afterwards. Don't forget the clean drinking water for your pup!
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Get set
Let your dog get their paws wet in the shallow water first and then find a location to dive where the water is nice and deep. Line up next to your dog and get ready to race. Have your friend grab the Frisbee and get ready to throw. Get your dog excited to jump in the water to fetch.
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Go!
When your friend throws the Frisbee, dive if the water and swim to retrieve it. Your pup will also dive in and start doggy paddling to their prize. Whoever gets to the Frisbee first, wins. You'll be surprised how fast your pup can swim. Be prepared to come in second place!
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Dock Jumping

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Sunny Day
Moderate
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2 hrs
Items needed
Ball
Collar
Towel
Activity description

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!

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Training for distance
Teach your dog all about dock jumping. The main idea is that your dog does a flying leap off the end or a dock or surface into the water. The main goal is to see how far your dog can jump before their paws enter the water - air time is key here! That being said, the faster they run toward the dock, the farther they will go! Practice by throwing a ball into the water for them to chase and then teach them to jump off on their own by using a command such as 'run jump!'.
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Sign up
Find a dock jumping competition near you and sign your dog up. Check the rules of the competition and make sure you can abide by them. There also may be certain events that dogs are awarded for distance jumped, height jumped or speed of the jump. Pick the best one for your pup.
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Competition fun
Bring your dog to the competition and compete. Make sure your dog has fun by getting them excited to jump and swim in the water. Now, you are not the only one in the family who likes to dive, your dog is a professional diver as well! Make sure you have space at home for all your dog's trophies!
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More Fun Ideas...

Kiddie Pool

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.

Beach Day Dig

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.

Conclusion

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!