Ahhh, there is nothing like heading out to the lake on a hot summer day. The water is fine, not a cloud in the sky. What could possibly be wrong with this picture? Not much, you have a cooler of your favorite beverages, your grill, food, and of course, your pup along for the ride. However, when you get to the lake, your pup won't go anywhere near the water, let alone go swimming in it.
So instead he spends every moment hiding in the shade. Not much fun for him or anyone else. Just remember, you can't teach him to swim by tossing him in the deepest part of the lake, this will only scare the daylights out of him and make him hate the water. Start out slow and let your pup work his way to being comfortable with the water.
While there are a few breeds who seem to take naturally to water, most others can easily be taught not only to swim, but to play games and have fun in your local lake. The one thing you need to know is that you can't rush the training. Your pup needs to be allowed to get used to the water at his own pace, if you try to push him too hard, he may end up being afraid of the water instead.
The most important part of this training is to make it fun. The more fun your pup has, the less he is going to worry about being in the water. Since swimming takes far more energy than almost anything else he is likely to do, go slow and take plenty of breaks until he becomes an accomplished swimmer.
Beyond having a nearby lake or swimming hole for your pup to use while he learns to swim, there are a few other items you might find will come in handy. Among these are:
Along with all of this, you will need a bottomless barrel of patience and several trips to the lake as you teach him to swim and then build his skills.