You're going to the beach for the day, and your new puppy won't let you leave without her. But you may ask if all dogs can swim.
Unlike what you might have heard, no! Not every dog is capable of swimming. Some can't float, but everyone can attempt to doggy paddle.
While some dogs, such as Labrador retrievers and Portuguese water dogs, were developed to swim, the body shapes of other dogs may make swimming more challenging.
Bulldogs and dachshunds, for example, have shorter legs and a weight distribution that makes it more difficult for them.
Don't place your dog in a stressful scenario that could startle them because not all dogs enjoy water play as much as you might think. slowly expose your child into a different environment.
You don't want your dog to associate water with fear, so never force him into the water or throw him in if he's plainly not interested.
Bring a toy near the water's edge to persuade your dog to go in. Let your dog get acclimated to the water in shallow water first.