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Safely Introduce Your Dog to Water

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How to Safely Introduce Your Dog to Water

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Many dogs love the water and become great swimmers over time. However to get your dog to that point you need to begin by introducing your dog to the water safely and positively. This introduction should begin when your dog is young should only consist of positive reinforcement that builds your dogs love of the water and should include a variety of safety precautions to keep your dog safe. If you start early and make the water fun for your dog while keeping a close eye on its safety you could have an expert swimmer sooner than you think. Train your dog to come when called. It is very important that when you put a dog in the water it will respond to your commands. A dog will not always see dangers or problems in its path in the water so you need to be guaranteed that it will follow your command when called if you spot a hazard. This will help to assure its safety and will make its swimming time less stressful for you as well.

Introduce your dog to water early. While it is important to have a dog well trained before you take it swimming getting your dog used to water in general should happen much earlier. Start getting your puppy used to water when it is about 8 weeks old. This is usually when you will bring a puppy home if you have gotten the puppy from a reputable breeder.

Make water fun. Give your puppy a shallow bowl of water to play with or set up a sprinkler in the yard on aday and let it run around in it. Whatever you can do to build a positive association with water early on do it.

Establish reasonable expectations. Some dogs really are born swimmers. They take to the water immediately and look like they were born swimming. Some dogs are not. If you have a dog breed that is known for swimming such as a Labrador retriever or a Portuguese water dog then you can expect that the dog will become an excellent swimmer. However if you have a dog with very short legs that is not known for it athleticism such as a Chihuahua or a Pug then the likelihood that it will be a great swimmer is much slimmer.Use a small children's pool to introduce your dog to the water
Rule #2: The punishment must suppress the behaviour, or it risks becoming just plain abuse
Use warm water (not burning warm) on a low pressure setting to make the water comfortable for your pup
Overall, dogs are fairly good at self-regulating their water consumption and will not over-drink if water is left out all day

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