Beat the heat this summer and take your dog for a swim!
Swimming is a great way to exercise, bond and have fun with your dog. It is less demanding on joints and helps break up the monotony of the same old daily walk or run. Luckily, we live near a big lake but rivers, ponds, pools and the ocean will work just as well.
No recall? No problem!
If you’re not quite there yet with your recall, try using a long line when swimming. 15 to 30 feet will work best. It’s very important not to leave you dog alone when swimming and especially when using a leash. It can get caught on something and prevent your dog from being able to get out of the water when they get tired. A watchful eye and a loving partner will keep your dog safe.
“My dog doesn’t even like baths!”
Lots of dogs don’t like baths but that doesn’t mean they won’t like swimming. Baths can be stressful but it may not be the water that he doesn’t like. Try taking your dog to a lake, river or pond and see how it goes. Don’t force anything on him but give him the opportunity to swim without the stress or the tub. If he still doesn’t want to go in, try walking in with him a little at a time, with lots of praise along the way. Play in his comfort zone then coax him a little further next time. Gradually introducing your dog to swimming, in this way, can get him to be a swimmer before the summer is over!
Have fun, get fit, stay safe and swim with your dog!