Many families with pools either have a dog who loves to swim and wants to swim all the time or a dog who does not like to swim and needs to be coaxed in. It is likely if you have the dog who loves to swim you may be dragging him out of the pool on occasion when you need him to stay out. You can set some clear rules for your pool so your dog understands when he is allowed to swim in the pool and when he is not. Remember, keeping your dog out of the pool when you are not around is important for his safety and health. You do not want to have your dog injured in the pool because he is swimming unsupervised. You may also need to consider the safety of your pool water when allowing your dog in the pool often.
As with other boundary training with your dog, the pool becomes something your dog may have permission to enter when you allow it. He needs to understand that he is not allowed in the pool unless you invite him. Your dog looks to you for big decisions such as boundary training. Allowing your dog to swim by invitation is okay as long as your dog understands he cannot be in the pool without your proper invite. Keeping your dog out of the pool is going to be much like keeping your dog out of a room in your house or out of your car when the car door is open. These boundary training sessions will be simple and relatively short but based around your pool each time.
Be sure to have tasty treats for good behavior. You can invest in a safety fence to fence in your pool or you can train your dog not to go near the pool without invitation by teaching him boundaries. One method includes using tape or a garden hose to block off the line your dog will recognize as a boundary he is not allowed to cross. Teaching your dog to stay out of the pool will require patience, especially if the weather is hot when you are training this boundary. If you are swimming, your dog is going to want to be with you, so while you are training your dog to stay out of the pool when you are not in it, you might want to allow him to swim with you at times .
Cannot get dog to get out of pool when swimming. She will swim for hours.
Hello Jessica, Check out the Reel In method from the article I have linked below. This method will need to be done very carefully around any water, be done with a poly type rope that floats, and pup wearing a back clip harness. Start with easier to navigate water, like puddles, creeks, kiddie pools, streams, graduated shallow lake or river banks, and the shallow end of the pool or just pool steps. Keep the training line coiled up safely so that there is not dangling extra rope that could get caught around you or pup's limbs or body. Reel In method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-whippet-to-recall More come: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/train-dog-to-come-when-called/ Another option is to also teach pup an e-collar Out or Come command. I would start these commands on dry land, then be able to use that training around water later, once learned. Out: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ E-collar info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtJxSXu4rfs&t=51s Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I’ve been struggling with training my dog to listen to me. He only listens when I have treats in my hands, for example when I want him to sit and I ask him to do it while I don’t have any treats with me “he doesn’t sit”. A lot of my friends who have dogs told me that it may be because he’s not always with me and he’s used to live alone (because my dog is not allowed to get inside the house and he’s always in the backyard) and by that they mean that we don’t have a strong bond because I’m not always with him. So my main problem right now is that we’re about to be done with our pool in the backyard and I don’t want him to jump in it all the time, and I’m not sure that I’ll be able to do that because I may train him not to when I’m with him outside but I don’t think that he won’t jump in there when I’m not with him. Can you help me with that? And thank u
Hello Rama, I would start by teaching pup using a long training leash and teaching the Out command to stay away from the pool perimeter. Out - which means leave the area: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Once pup has learned to leave the pool alone when you are present to enforce that rule calmly and consistently, there are a couple of ways to enforce that training without being present. The first way is to physically gate off the pool from the area where pup spends their time, so pup doesn't have access. This is the safest option to ensure pup stays out of the water at all times. Another option is to train pup to stay away from the pool using remote collar training, with pup wearing an electric collar that's waterproof and has a wide range of levels to ensure you find the lowest level pup will respond to, called pup's working level. Using your long training leash and your Out command you have taught, you would practice enforcing those commands around the pool with you present. At first while the pool is calm, then intentionally adding in distractions like a family member jumping into the pool while you are present to correct pup for getting close and reward pup staying away. Once pup is good while you are present, then I would let pup outside while you stay inside and spy from a window, being ready to correct remotely while pup thinks you aren't there, if pup tries to enter the water. I would keep pup inside your home at times when you aren't prepared to spy on them and correct until pup is consistent about leaving the pool alone, so that pup thinks they will always be corrected for trying to enter the pool, and isn't approaching the pool without correction at times and corrected at other times, and the training less reliable. How to find the stimulation level and fit a remote training collar. Make sure you only use a high quality collar designed for duck hunting that's waterproof, like Sportdog, Garmin, Dogtra. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cl3V8vYobM Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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