Choose a Safe Location: Select a calm, shallow, and safe body of water for your dog's first swimming lesson. Avoid strong currents, deep water, or crowded areas
Use a Canine Life Vest: Invest in a well-fitting canine life vest. This will provide buoyancy and added safety, especially for dogs new to swimming.
Start in Shallow Water: Begin by entering the water with your dog in a shallow area where they can comfortably touch the ground. Stay close to reassure them and offer encouragement.
Gradual Introduction: Gently lead your dog into the water, keeping the experience positive and relaxed. Use treats and toys to entice them and reward them for their bravery.
Support and Guidance: While in the water, support your dog under their belly or chest to help them stay afloat. Encourage them to paddle with their legs and move around.
Positive Reinforcement: Praise and reward your dog for their efforts and progress. Gradually move to deeper water as your dog becomes more comfortable and confident.