How to Teach Your Dog to Swim

Choose the right swimming spot

Find a safe swimming spot that is free of currents and waves. A calm lake or pool is a good option.

Start with shallow water

Let your dog get used to the water in shallow water, where they can touch the bottom.

Use a life jacket

A life jacket will help keep your dog afloat and safe.

Introduce your dog

Let your dog sniff the water and get used to the feeling of being wet.


Use toys or treats to encourage your dog to swim.

Be patient

It may take some time for your dog to learn to swim. Be patient and positive, and don't force them.

Reward your dog for their efforts

When your dog does swim, be sure to praise and reward them.

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