For many of us, watching our dogs play in the water is nothing short of wonderful! Splashing, wading, leaping, retrieving, diving–it’s just all good fun. Spending a warm afternoon at the beach, lake, stream or pool is a perfect day for many owners and dogs. In addition, water is a healer. Older dogs, those with injuries, and dogs suffering from arthritis can benefit from hydrotherapy, including swimming or underwater treadmills. But none of this is possible if your dog hates or refuses to swim. So let’s get started teaching your dog to swim!
Every dog can learn to swim enough to stay afloat for a short time, even if he never loves it. I’ve taught hundreds of dogs of all sizes, shapes and breeds to swim. After working with hundreds of owners and dogs, here are the SIX biggest mistakes I’ve seen people make trying to get their dog to swim.