If you live in the stunning countryside, peppered with ponds and lakes it’s always a shame if your canine pal strolls straight past them without considering a dip. It’s part of the fantasy of having your own dog, that you can play fetch with him in ponds and watch him surf the waves. It’s also fantastic exercise for him. Swimming is the perfect workout for overly energetic dogs who never seem quite as exhausted as you’d like after a long walk.
It’s also fantastic for their muscles. Just as swimming for humans tones and strengthens a range of muscles you didn’t know you have, it can keep your dog fit and healthy too. While hopefully it never happens, your trusty four-legged friend may be the life raft you need one day if you or your family get in some trouble in the water.
The best part about this training is that it’s pretty easy from the owner's side of things. It mainly consists of making the water irresistible and using some basic commands to get your dog jumping head first into the deep end. Many people assume all dogs can swim, but just like humans, some dogs are scared of the water and need gentle encouragement to begin with. If he’s a puppy, he’s probably full of energy and ready to please. If so, you can expect to see results in as little as a few days. If he’s older, with years under his belt of being wary around water, than be patient, it may take him a week or two.
Getting this training right will open him up to a new and exciting underwater world. It will be a great workout for him and ensure you get some peace and quiet to chill on the couch while he dozes after his midday swim.
Before he becomes a duck to water you will need a few bits. A pool or shallow pond will be essential. Preferably one with a sloping bottom so you can build up his confidence gradually. You will also need some toys and his favorite food or some treats to lure him into the water.
You’ll also need a swimming suit and be willing to get wet! Then you’ll just need 15 minutes a day, each day, until he gets the hang of it and you’re ready to start.