Do Dogs Know How To Swim?
Helping Your Dog Learn Yo Love To Swim
“SWIM” is the intransitive verb that means “to advance in the water [a person or an animal] making the necessary movements with the body and the extremities, without touching the bottom or other support “. It is popularly believed that all dogs know how to swim, but this statement is not true. What happens is that all races have the instinct to use their legs and move them to stay afloat and not sink; make the “puppy” as they tell us when we are little. But that does not mean that they know how to swim, and for this reason, we find races with innate swimming skills, races with the ability to learn and others, so clumsy or limited, that they can endanger their lives if they try.
The dexterity of the animal will depend on factors such as its anatomy, genetics, aptitude, age, experience, state of health and physical condition. We can highlight breeds with great empathy and aquatic ability, such as the Newfoundland, Golden terrier, Labrador Retriever, Spaniel, and Setter. By contrast, the breeds with the most difficulty in swimming are the brachycephalic (snout snout) such as the Bulldog, Pug, Boxer, Chow Chow, but also Liberals and Greyhounds for their race-oriented morphology, but not swimming.
AS THE SUMMER HEAT ARRIVES, THE TEMPTATION TO TAKE A PLUNGE INCREASES, AND WHILE IT MAY SEEM HARMLESS, THERE ARE HIDDEN WATER HAZARDS THAT WE SHOULD WATCH OUT FOR.
Whatever the breed of our pet, it should not be ruled out that once in a while it takes a dip, since swimming is a good physical exercise and an ideal way to have a fun and refreshing time. Provided, of course, that it is carried out safely – in a controlled and supervised environment – and the dog enjoys and does not become a stressful experience. Swimming is a perfect activity to eliminate the accumulated energy surplus and, thus, avoid it becoming anxiety. The animal that refreshes itself and has a good time, gains in relaxation and good humor. However, we should never force a fearful animal because we would obtain the opposite effect to that desired.
If the sea, the pool, the river or the ponds are part of our usual environment, it will be convenient for us to accustom our pet from its puppy stage (from 12 months), putting it in contact with the water and turning the bathroom in a game moment. The safety and tranquility of the animal are essential, so if the situation requires it, we can use some of the models of lifebuoys for dogs that exist on the market.
As the summer heat arrives, the temptation to take a plunge increases, and while it may seem harmless, there are hidden water hazards that we should watch out for. Organisms and parasites inhabit the water of natural spaces that can infect our pet. It is recommended to avoid calm or stagnant waters, and favor slow moving rivers or shallow sea areas, where parasite infections are less persistent. A good tip to apply is to always have fresh water on hand for our dog to drink and avoid the temptation to drink water during the bath. As an additional measure, it will be recommended that after swimming, we bathe our dog with clean water remove any harmful residue that may have adhered to your skin and hair. In the case of using a swimming pool, after the swimming session we should dry his ears and eyes to avoid the irritation that chlorine sometimes causes.
In advance of the bathing season, it is advisable to act on our furry ones by going to our trusted vet to request that they make an adequate preventive plan that includes Double Monthly Protection against internal and external parasites: also protecting our pet from worms, fleas, ticks and other mites.