Are you an owner of Frenchie pups or a small dog and want to know how to swim safely with them?
Some Frenchie pups may need extra support in a swimming pool, this isn’t the case for all. It is best to familiarize yourself with your dog’s swimming abilities. First, test out their swimming skills in a less overwhelming environment so you can best know how to support them. It may be necessary to purchase a life jacket that will give some extra backing when they are freshly new to swimming or because of body restrictions. PetCenter is invested in the care and safety of our pets. Continue reading for four safety tips for swimming with your Frenchie pups or small dog breeds.
Start off small.
We recommend starting off first using a kiddie pool with shallow water to test their swimming ability. Frenchie pups are known for struggling to swim because of their top-heavy body structure. Although this is true for some Frenchie pups and small dog breeds, it isn’t the case for all. That’s why it is important to measure your dog’s swimming ability and provide the proper support needed. For more questions, you can visit a PetCenter store near you.
We covered using a kiddie pool to familiarize yourself with your dog’s swimming ability. It is also equally significant to go slow. Avoid tiring your dog out too fast. The training sessions should only last five to six minutes at a time. Keeping the training sessions relatively short will keep it light and fun. If you push your dog too much, they may become afraid or resentful of training in the pool.
Use a life jacket.
Training your dog properly will give him or her the confidence they need to become great swimmers. Use a life jacket while training your pup to make it comfortable as they learn how to swim. Use an incentive such as treats or play toys to encourage your Frenchie pup to practice swim time.
Gradually move to the pool.
Once you feel your dog is ready for the pool, slowly transition to the big pool. Follow the same steps your dog will be swimming at his or her best ability in no time. The key is to take baby steps during the process and ensure it is fun. If for some reason your dog doesn’t take to the water, don’t push it. Respect your dog’s feelings about the water and wait another time. It is better to be safe and accident-free.
We at PetCenter care about the safety and health of your pups. For more questions on how we can better support you and your dog during your swims, come see us today. If you are not a pet owner, but ready to become one, also come see us – we have the right staff on hand to ensure you are equipped the knowledge you need to be an exceptional pet owner.