Which dogs do not swim well?
Swimming is a rewarding activity. For both humans and their pets. It can also be quite enjoyable. But, unfortunately, not all and not always. Do not think that all dogs are excellent swimmers from birth and love to be in the water. Like people, they can really do it skillfully, dexterously and with pleasure. Not only swim, but even dive. Or they may be afraid of water or flounder quite ineptly.
What does it depend on?
First, on the character. Secondly, fear can inhibit the dog. Perhaps your pet is timid by nature or was thrown into the water as a puppy and almost died. Third, dogs can be also very lazy. Fourthly, the state of health affects. The dog does not feel well, it would like to lie in the shade (or in the sun), and the owner drags him to swim. Of course, the beast rests on all four paws.
What breeds of dogs do not swim well?
And besides, there are breeds that initially swim poorly. These are all brachycephalics: from bulldogs to pugs and Pekingese. Due to the special structure of the muzzle, they have to settle down in the water almost vertically. It is also uncomfortable to swim for dogs with a long body and short legs – for example, bassets, dachshunds, corgi. They can splash near the shore, but there are problems with long-distance swims.
Decorative crumbs. Chihuahuas, toy terriers, etc. They simply get overcooled faster and get tired faster, since for one stroke with the paws of, say, a shepherd dog, they will have to work with their paws for a long time. And even the smallest waves are dangerous for them. For better protection, dog vests can be used. This can be found in any pet store.
How to teach a dog to swim?
It is best to teach water from puppyhood. In warm weather – in the pool or any container of suitable size. In the winter – in the bath. The puppy should be immersed in water very carefully. If the dog cheerfully and cheerfully touches his paws, besides, he tries to grab the toy, then everything is good.
If the puppy is clearly frightened and resists, then it is necessary to accustom to swimming gradually. First, put in a bathtub or basin, collecting very little water. Iron, talk, slip toys and snacks, pour water on the back. Increase the depth over and over again. You can support the dog with your hand under the belly. What to look for? Of course, the temperature of the water. In winter, it should be slightly warmer than your hand. In summer, in the heat, it can be cool, but not icy.