If you live near a beach or by a lake then nothing puts a smile on your face more than watching your dog go for a dip. If the weather's great, nothing beats splashing around and swimming with each other. What’s even better is if you can get your canine pal to swim underwater with you. Apart from it being a hugely entertaining spectacle, it’s fantastic exercise for him! While you might need goggles to see beneath you, he’ll be just fine the with the doggie lenses he was born with.
Training him to swim underwater is a great bonding experience. It also means you’re half the way there to training him to hunt fish, lobster, and crabs on the sea floor. If you’re looking for the perfect GoPro shot, it’s you and him swimming in unison underwater!
The good news is training your dog to swim underwater is actually surprisingly straightforward. First, you’ll need to get him comfortable in and around the water. That can be achieved with mouth-watering treats and enticing toys. Then you need to motivate him to take the plunge using more tasty treats. Once he’s got the hang of it you just need to reinforce the behavior. If he’s a puppy he should be brimming with energy and eager to please you. This means training could take just several days. If he’s older and a little bit more cautious than he was in his youth then you may need a couple of weeks before you see consistent results.
Get this training right and you’ll have a brilliant new way to exercise him. You’ll also have great fun riding the waves and exploring the sea bed together.
Before you dive in you’ll need a few things. You’ll need a pool, pond, or a sea to practice in. Some brightly colored toys and a frisbee will also be required. Then you’ll need plenty of treats or his favorite food, kept in a waterproof bag. You will need your bathing suit too, don’t think you can avoid getting wet!
You’ll also need to set aside 20 minutes for training at least 3 times a week. The more frequently you train the quicker he’ll pick it up.
Then just bring patience and a proactive attitude and you’re ready to hit the deep end!