Friday, July 15, 2011

Doggie Paddle

This summer Koda has been loving the pool.  Laying on the steps and floating on rafts are his favorite water activities. He doesn't care too much for swimming.  Maybe he should go to Doggie Swim Lessons? If only they were offered in our area :(

Before you think of letting your dog jump in your pool check out these breeds aren’t as water-friendly as Koda.

Basset hounds
Scottish and Boston Terriers

Even a dog that knows how to swim can jump in a pool and not be able to get out, which could lead to drowning, so always keep an eye on your pup when they are near the water.

Here are a few doggie swimming tips to keep in mind when teaching your dog to swim: 
  • Avoid excessive noise 
  • Use encouragement - treats and toys can be used to encourage your dog to enter the water.
  • Never throw them in
  • Support their weight until they paddle - even if the dog is wearing a life vest support its midsection and hindquarters in the water until they start paddling and feel comfortable.
  • Show them how to get out of the water
  • Keep an eye on them

What do you think about Doggie Swimming Lessons? Do you or would you let your dog attend?


  1. Schooner and Skipper love to swim in the pool and at the lake. Their breed is a Vizsla. We never let them in the pool if we are not watching or swimming with them, They do have lifejackets for the boat. I would have them in lessons if they could not swim or was afraid.
    S. Gilbert

  2. I've never heard of doggie swim lessons... sounds like a pretty good idea!