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Teaching Fido To Swim

Do you enjoy swimming? Many of our canine patients love to cool off on hot days by taking a dip. Swimming can be both fun and beneficial for Fido. It’s a great workout, and something many dogs really enjoy. Of course, not all dogs are natural swimmers. If your furry pal can’t swim, it’s not a bad idea to teach him. In this article, a Dunn, NC vet offers tips on teaching your dog how to swim.

Do Some Research

Keep in mind that swimming isn’t right for every pooch. Some dogs, like Retrievers, are natural swimmers. Others will sink like a stone in the water. Small dogs and brachycephalic dogs also don’t do well in the water: they tire out very quickly, which can be extremely dangerous. If you aren’t sure if Fido would be a good swimmer, check with your vet. If the answer is no, your pup can still enjoy himself by playing in a kiddie pool or even going wading.

Get A Doggy Lifejacket

We recommend getting a pet floaters or a doggy lifejacket for Fido, especially while he is learning. When you go shopping, pick a pet lifejacket that has a handle and a spot to attach a leash. To get your canine buddy used to his lifejacket, have him wear it around the house.

Be Supportive

Don’t just toss your four-legged pal into the water. This is a huge mistake! Fido may figure out how to do the doggy paddle, but he may also be absolutely terrified by the experience, and could end up scared of water. Support your furry friend gently as he is learning, and encourage him with praise and compliments.

Enlist Some Help

Do you have a friend or family member with a dog that swims well? Coordinate a dual doggy swim session. Many pooches learn more quickly by watching other pups.

Safety Precautions

Always put safety first. Rule Number One is to never leave your canine pal unattended near water, even for a moment. If you have a pool, make sure that Fido knows where the exit is, so he can get out again if he falls in by mistake. We also recommend fencing pools off when they aren’t in use. Better safe than sorry!

Please reach out to us, your Dunn, NC vet clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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