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Swimming Puppies

Dogs are born land mammals. They don’t know how to swim.  Most puppies need both gentle introduction and encouragement to learn how to swim.

The main point for you as an owner is to remember not to rush him or throw him in the water just to learn how to swim. For obvious reasons, this method is not recommended since it may rather lead to failure than a success. Give your pet a reason to learn how to swim. When he understands this, he will naturally learn how to do.

The best and recommended set-up for starting puppy’s swimming lesson is by using warm water, a warm day, and a bottom that drops off gradually.

If your pup likes to play retrieve or fetch, throw some bumpers or balls where he can still keep his feet on the bottom and retrieve it to give it back to you. As he becomes more comfortable with the routine, gradually throw his toy or bumper farther out each time, at some point he will learn to swim to get it without both of you knowing.

When they begin learning how to swim, most of the puppies will swim with the front end only. This results in a head-up, splashing stroke that is not very efficient or effective. This “puppy splashing” is common. With more experience, your puppy will learn how to engage his rear end and level out and swim. Some puppies will go through these different stages in one day, some may take a week. Most puppies, when introduced to water after their six months of age may take a little longer to work through these stages.

A final caution: be very careful about training on cold water, as much as possible avoid it. Cold water can be very uncomfortable and can make your dog hate swimming because the concept of being in the water. In training puppies in swimming, efforts must be often repeated. Some trainers prefer 56-degree water, while others say 60 degrees water temperature for training is better.

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