Being water confident!

We are used to the idea that all our dogs could swim, right? In fact, there are a number who are afraid of water and will refuse to go into the pool. By Bryan Wong
By Pets Team
Published on Tuesday, 07 May 2013

We are used to the idea that all our dogs could swim, right? In fact, there are a number who are afraid of water and will refuse to go into any pool. But even though Fido might show resistance, you can encourage him to be more open minded with H20.

Your dog just wants to enjoy himself. He may be apprehensive about water now, but if you show him how fun it can be, it won’t be long before he laps it all up. Dog experts say it is all about balance on what to and not to do.

  • Mind the temperature. Canines hate cold water. Introducing them to lukewarm water will lessen their fear of going in.
  • Don’t just throw them into the pool! This will only shock him more and avoid water at all costs. Here is a tip: dip his paws slowly into the water before letting him go. Also, use an encouraging tone and be patient while you are at it.
  • Skip the river or sea for now. The first few times should be as calm as possible. Dog-friendly pools are the best place to start.
  • Start from home. Fido’s fear of water could be the way you bathe him. It could be the use of a high-powered nozzle that have instilled this in him, connecting any experience he has with water to that. Try to make bath time fun, keeping the water warm while you are at it. Also, you can give a treat after bath times to convince your dog that everything is fine.

 

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