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Perfect for restorative hydrotherapy, general exercise and fun for dogs and their owners at home, DoggySwim pools are also designed to satisfy the professional demands of canine hydrotherapists, breeders and trainers.

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How to Get Your Dog to Swim in the Pool

How to Get Your Dog to Swim in the Pool

Yes, most dogs love a puddle or a splash around but not every dog enjoys being in deeper water that requires them to swim, so if you want them to use the pool then it can take some encouragement.

Here are some helpful tips and advice on how you can get your dog to swim in the pool.

How to Get Started with Your Dog

It might seem as simple as having a pool and putting your pet in it but for a number of dogs, it can take a lot more than that and it is important that as their owner you prepare in order to help make it an enjoyable experience. Here are some things you might want to consider before you get started;

  • Make sure the pool is at the right pH so that the water is suitable for your dog.
  • Ensure that there is a safe way for your dog to be able to exit the pool such as non-slip steps because they won't be able to use ladders.
  • Always wash them or give them a quick clean beforehand so that you can rinse off dirt and debris before they enter the water.
  • If needed, purchase a dog life vest that can help when introducing them to the pool.
  • Have some treats and toys ready.

Getting Your Dog in the Pool

  • If your dog is still a puppy, is particularly small, or is nervous about water then maybe think of using a small paddling pool or similar beforehand to build up their confidence.
  • When you want them in the pool, make it gentle, fun, and praise-led with plenty of treats and rewards for them getting into the water.
  • Get in with them for the first few times if needed, splash around and have fun to encourage them.
  • Use the treats and toys as and when needed to play or entice your dog into the water.
  • Make sure you practice with them getting in and out of the pool so that they can eventually do so safely on their own.

Helping Your Dog to Swim

  • If the pool has steps or a slope, use this to gradually move your dog deeper into the water by going slightly deeper, then back again, slightly deeper, then back again.
  • When you are at a level that they are able to just about touch the floor but keep their head above water you can put your arms under their waist to support them and allow them to practice moving their legs in a paddling motion.
  • Over time with them, as they are more able to paddle and keep themselves afloat you can slowly reduce the amount of support they have from you until they are swimming on their own.

Remember to always wash your dog properly after swimming to help remove the chemicals from their fur and skin and to thoroughly dry them, especially their ears in order to prevent ear infections.