How to Teach Your Dog to Swim?

Not contesting that the dog, who lives in an apartment in the city is not enough exercise. I do not think that the majority of owners of large breeds could boast that makes daily ten-kilometer jogging or cycling trips with your pet. Of course, some fans – breeders take out four-legged friends in the country, but if it happens? And it is not over whether the removal of the nature of a barbecue master? Fishing trips, hunting or mushrooms – is also isolated cases and, given the fear of the hosts in front piroplasmosis, increasingly our pets stay with a minimum of physical exertion and long lying on the couch waiting for the master’s owner.

The benefits of swimming for dogs.

What can be advised in such cases? If the owner loves the dog, of course, he will have time to jog in the park, play with Oporto in a clearing in front of the house or in the nearest grove, but best training in the summer time is swimming. Swimming develops your dog physically strengthens her muscles, allowing it to grow stronger and develop endurance.

In addition, swimming – it’s not only a great physical exercise as a whole for the dog but also a wonderful opportunity to the owner not only to develop new skills pet obedience, as well as once again show the dog who is the leader of your tandem. Swimming with the dog only enhance your understanding and increase your value in the eyes of the four-legged pets, which, as the air needs your care and attention. The joint development of this skill with a dog you, as in a mirror, to see whether you are a leader for her and how great is your affection for each other.

How to teach your dog to swim?

Many people have a question, and how to teach your dog to swim? I can assure you that from the very birth of each puppy has an innate ability to swim. This is especially true when you have to bathe the baby. Notice how the puppy carefully rowing with all four feet, even under water, not to mention a basin filled with water or a bath. So you have to just show your pet that any body of water – it’s the same bath, just a size larger.

Your job is not to teach a dog to swim and to show her that it is not necessary to be afraid of the water, in the water, too, can play with the owner, or to make him many water swim. Thus, the main learning to remove the dog rabies instinct.

Dogs puppies learn to swim in nature, young animals are trained older individuals, since the beginning of this simple approach to water to quench their thirst, then overcoming water obstacles in pursuit of prey or avoiding danger from the more formidable beast or hunter. But it happens in the wild in the ancestors of our pet.

Your family – pack only the host can become that leader, able to slow the dog, but surely teach to the water and learn to enjoy the process of swimming. And for this, there are a few simple ways.


Dog in the water with a stick If your dog loves to play and bring you a toy when teaching children to swim, you can use this thing, just throw it needs to start on the shore, and then into the water, farther from shore. In my official practice so accustomed to the water Shepherd with our departmental nursery. The first – the ringleader was black – tan, long-haired German named Hans, he was just a crazy aportirovschikom, ready for the least favorite stick into the fire, even in the water. Its owner – canine dog accustomed to the water from puppyhood. Since the beginning of a puppy running in shallow water then threw the stick on and on.

Now there are special toys, which do not sink in water, but you can use an ordinary plastic bottle if your dog likes to play with her and on land.

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For example, my Malinois Alice loves wearing those plastic bottles and bring them to me. She did not like being in the lake swim empty bottles, she tries to get them and bring ashore. This year it took a curious case. We had come to swim, and when floated on the opposite shore, then ran into a large plastic bottle – a drinking water … It was why it was painted red. I did not realize that this kind of “buoy”, made by lifeguards to indicate the deep place, and Alice out of habit eternal “cleaner” water surface picked up a bottle of his teeth and walked on. Sailing along, I see a dog makes strong strokes feet, but does not move, as if she is holding something. The dog does not understand what it is, is already beginning to be frightened and to fill themselves with water from the head, adds effort and defeats. When she got out of the flask with the shore, I realized that the “buoy” was attached to the load, with this load to the rope break and fought the dog in the water. I do not know that she understood and thought Alice, but she was tormented fished subject with a vengeance, turning it into a real “cake.”


Dog swimming on a leash If your pet has good walks on a leash when teaching children to water, you can use it as well. But do not pull a dog by force into the water, and to begin to resemble her in shallow water, and then, ask the assistant to keep her on the leash and a little away from her, beckoning to him. In this case, it triggered “drag effect” and vanity. A dog with a vengeance is trying to overcome the resistance of the leash and be by your side, and self-esteem does not submit to your assistant. This effective exercise you will encourage your dog to overcome the water barrier on the way to you, and it will float independently. This exercise will need to hone as usual in training, from simple to complex – gradually achieving the full trust of the dog to you. When the dog understands that water – it is not scary, that the beloved host a number, it would be happy to accompany you farther and farther from shore.

Many dog owners complain that the dog does not like water or has it just panic. When you begin to ask why this has happened, it turns out that the dog frightened during washing in the bathroom, or dragged and thrown into the water in the pond. Perhaps the owners have tried to do so with the best intentions, but the result of a “miracle – training” has turned out quite the opposite.