If you have a pool, you understand the importance of teaching your dog how to jump in so he can go in on his own rather than falling in. Knowing how to get out is just as important. Dogs and pools are great fun. Some dogs are great swimmers and don't ever want to leave the pool, while other dogs just need to know pool safety. Teaching your dog to jump into a pool can not only be fun and exciting for you both but can also put your dog in a position inside the pool where he now has to learn how to get out. Some dogs are apprehensive when it comes to the unknown, especially pools. Water, the depth of water, and what could happen to them may leave your dog lingering on the edge, never experiencing the joy of swimming.
Some dogs have no fear and will just do everything you ask them to do. So you could stay in the water and say, “Fido, come,” and he'll just run to you whether it’s off a cliff into a pool of water or across the yard to end standing at your feet. If your dog is uncertain and has a fear of the unknown or a fear of water, you need actually to teach your dog to jump into the pool. One important thing to remember is not to force your dog to jump into the pool but instead coax him in. It may take time for some dogs, whereas other dogs will see your pool and jump right in and need to be coaxed out later. Training your dog to jump in the pool, though challenging, can also be fun.
You will need lots of patience if you have an apprehensive dog. A pool will also be required. Treats and a favorite toy will help coax and reward. A new enticing toy. and a second dog who loves to swim to encourage your dog might also be helpful as well.
My dog has been swimming the pool since he was a young pup and he absolutely loves it! Our problem is every time a person wants to get in the pool he immediately wants to jump on them and will swim to them but in doing so he will scratch you up from the excitement. We literally cant be in the pool if he's in there but we dont necessarily want to lock him in the house either. I need ideas in to how to teach him to swim and play on his own in the pool. we've had other Goldens that will play on their own in the pool so we wish Theodore wold do the same.
Hello Catherine, I recommend teaching Out- which means leave the area. https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Using a long poly leash that floats, I would practice Out with people in the water, using the leash to ensure pup can never get close enough to the person practicing in the water to ensure the leash couldn't wrap around them or pup reach them to scratch. Use the long leash to enforce pup obeying while swimming, practicing proactively until pup will consistently stay away when told. I would also teach Leave It for times when you want pup not to approach to begin with, opposed to when pup is around and you want them to move away when getting too close. Leave It: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Example of poly leash. https://www.chewy.com/remington-hollow-poly-braided-check/dp/228189?utm_source=google-product&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=hg&utm_content=Remington&utm_term=&gclid=Cj0KCQjwxdSHBhCdARIsAG6zhlVAAVytKL0B-91yRelHm2pflqtoH0_eVieM4aybsqoTOlyBdjdaqOkaAr3AEALw_wcB Keep the excess coiled up as you hold it. You can also attach it to something like ruffwear's webmaster harness to make it a bit more manageable clipped to pup's back. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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