Small dogs can learn to swim too, but not all dogs or all breeds are suited for swimming.
It's best to know your own dog and introduce him to swimming slowly, so you can determine if he's suited for the sport. That way you can ensure he'll have a fun experience if he does turn out to be a water-lover.
|Now 11 months old, Rocco works on his swimming technique!|
Now at 11 months, he's really taken to the water and as you can see above, he's maintaining a nice, horizontal position in the water by using both his front and rear legs equally. He's calmly swimming to the steps and he's keeping his mouth closed so he doesn't take in any extra water.
Dog can learn and build confidence by watching, so Rocco also got some help from his pal Miko who showed him that swimming can be fun!
Of course, it's always safety first in the pool. And the first thing Rocco learned was to swim to the steps. In fact, his first time in the pool all we did was hang out on the steps and play in the water. That also helped build his confidence and his love for the water.
While the pups were swimming, we also had two people in the pool... one to start them out right by holding them in a horizontal position and one to help guide them to the steps if needed. Never leave a pup unattended near a pool!
After some fun in the pool, Rocco and Miko took a quick break poolside...
And then it was off to the races!
There's nothing more fun than following a swim with a wet zoooom!