Usually dogs love water, this is something very natural that they have in their character but how can you encourage this natural affinity with safety and fun. First thing first, make your dog water friendly by giving them regular bath. There are few things that you need to consider:-
· Don’t make it quick – Take your time and enjoy with your dog in the bathroom. A long bath removes the fear of water from your dogs mind. So always pick a time when you can relax and focus on your puppy.
· Make it Fun – You must be aware what toys your dog likes. Bring those toys to the bathroom and play with them while giving bath to your puppy. This is a very effective method which gives your dog a feeling that water is fun.
· Make Your Dog Comfortable – You need to understand that you and your dog is different. What seems like a great temperature to you might not be what your dog prefers. Very warm water can actually be a shock to your dog, so keep it lukewarm to ensure that your dog enjoys the bath.
The majority of dogs is natural swimmers and loves nothing better than doing it for untainted joy. They have the natural skill to it but confidence and experience are also required. It is always good to introduce a puppy or young dog to water as early as possible. The first thing should be finding a pond or lake with still or very slow moving water. Find a proper place where the dog can enter and exit the water easily via a gentle slope. Be prepared to enter the water with your dog. This may be all they need to build the confidence to take the first step. If your dog is a little hesitant to enter the lake, don’t rush and play in the shallows instead, this will motivate them to enter further. The dog will need to keep their body flat on the surface of the water and build up a paddling action with their feet. If you notice that your dog is having difficulty, then help them by giving hand support under their belly. When you notice a little improvement, gradually reduce your involvement. Involve a ball or other toys to make your dog relaxed. Once your puppy gains the required confidence and experience then you will not be required to accompany your dog, your puppy will love doing it again and again.