Does your dog jump for joy when he hits the pool, beach, or anything wet? Maybe he crashes kiddie pools or belly flops into any body of water like our sausage dog Django. Or maybe your dog is downright afraid to dip his paw in the pool. Every canine is unique, and not all are dripping with excitement at the thought of getting wet.
Depending on your dog’s breed, personality, and experiences, he might be a natural swimmer or water-shy. We (Steph and Mike) were lucky because Django was comfortable in the water from puppyhood. When he was 9 months old, he wadded into a shallow lake, swam out 10 feet, fetched a stick, and then effortlessly swam back. Considering dachshunds have a reputation for being poor swimmers, we were shocked.
Whether your dog is a seafarer like Django or a landlubber, he needs to learn how to be safe in the water. You might want to catch a wave or backcountry canoe with your dog. Maybe you even have an inflatable kiddie pool or a swimming pool in your backyard. In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we discuss the best and worst dog breeds for swimming and look at how long your dog can safely stay in the pool. We also explain how to teach your dog to swim and provide water safety tips.
Can all dogs instinctively swim? It is a common myth that all dogs are born with the ability to swim. While most pups will try to doggy paddle if they wind up in the water, this aquatic trot might be the total extent of their swimming abilities. Depending on your dog’s breed, personality, and experience, he might be water-phobic or an excellent swimmer. With short, 10-minute swimming lessons and a dog life jacket, every breed can learn how to swim.
Certain dog breeds were born to swim because they were designed to work in water. Standard poodles, Labrador retrievers, and Boykin spaniels were bred to retrieve ducks and geese for hunters.
Newfoundland and Portuguese water dogs were developed to be water rescue dogs. They are trained to tow struggling and unconscious swimmers to the shore. If a small boat is stranded, they can also use a rope to pull the passengers and vessel over a mile.
American water spaniels, Irish water dogs, and Spanish water dogs have waterproof coats and webbed feet. Their rudder-like tails help them swim and dive. Whether these water-loving dog breeds are herding fish into nets or retrieving lost fishing equipment, their happy place is the water.
While brachycephalic dog breeds might enjoy splashing in shallow water, they are not strong swimmers. To keep their faces above the water, French bulldogs and Pugs have to tilt their head back so far that their back end sinks.
Barrel-chested dog breeds like boxers and Boston terriers may also struggle to stay afloat. Dogs with long chests and short legs Pembroke Welsh corgis may have trouble maneuvering in deep water.
Pekingese and Shih Tzus have long, double coats that can become warm and water-logged. Hairless dog breeds like the Chinese crested dog cannot withstand the shock of plunging into moderately cold water.
Ten minutes of swimming is equal to about 40 minutes of running. With that in mind, here is how long your dog should swim based on his health, age, and breed:
Is your pooch water-phobic? If yes, how do you introduce your dog to swimming? These steps will encourage your dog to like water without scaring him.
If your dog is already drawn to water, you can teach him to swim in 3 simple steps.
Additional tips for success:
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Even if your dog is the most well-trained pup, pee accidents happen. Our dachshund Django, for instance, is well trained and housebroken. Every so often, however, Django will have a pee accident in our house. Usually this happens when we're distracted by work or busy with our toddlers and forget to take Django outside on time. Occasionally a pee accident will happen simply because Django gets super excited and can't control his bladder.
So, what are the best rugs for dogs? What types of rugs are best for families with small children? What rug fabric types are best for dog owners?
In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we highlight the best types of rugs for dogs, families with kids, and pets. We consider durability, stain-resistance, and ease of cleaning. Are you looking for a dog-proof rug and pee-proof rug? Keep reading!
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