Although dogs have a swimming stroke named after them, called the ‘doggie paddle’, you might be surprised to hear that it is a myth that all dogs are good swimmers.

You would think that dogs would take to water like ducks, but not all do.
There are dogs that don’t even like getting wet from the rain, and other dogs that will walk around a puddle rather than getting their paws wet.

If you live near water or take your dog to activities near water, you should teach your dog to swim and to be comfortable in water. Teaching your dog to swim may even save your dog’s life one day.

There is the added bonus that swimming is a wonderful source of exercise and fun for your pet.
At the beginning your dog will need to wear a life jacket (floatation jacket). This will support the dog’s weight around the shoulders and midsection keeping him afloat in the water, until such time when your dog starts to doggie paddle and feels confident.

You will have the reassurance that your dog will be constantly accompanied in the water by Darryl or Pauline who are experienced dog handlers and hydrotherapists.

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