Many dogs love the water, especially during the hot summer months. For some, the ability to enjoy a nice swim comes naturally, but other dogs need to build confidence in the water!  If you are hoping to introduce your dog to the water this summer, try these tips.

  • Start off in warm water just deep enough that the dog can stand.

  • Get into the water with the pup.

  • Once your dog is comfortable standing in the shallow end, start tossing their favorite floating toy in the shallow end. Start with a short toss and work your way up to distance.

  • Keep the experience fun so your dog views swimming as a reward!