Teaching your dog to swim maybe something you have to do as not every dog knows how. It may seem like a surprising fact considering that one of the most famous paddles — the doggy paddle — is named after this animal. Certain groups of dogs are natural swimmers while others should stay clear of the water before taking some lessons. Spaniels, setters, retrievers, and poodles are some of the dogs born ready for water. Bulldogs, pugs, Boston terriers, and greyhounds will need some lessons.
Take the dog to an area where there is not a lot of noise. This could be a quiet pool or the shallow part of a lake. Dogs will have difficulty concentrating or may get nervous if there is a lot of noise and activity nearby.
Continue the lesson for another 10 minutes. Use rewards to show good behavior and talk using an upbeat and positive voice.
Wash the dog off with shampoo after the swimming lessons. Dry out his ears and check his eyes for irritation from the chlorine as well.