Although some dogs love to swim, and are certainly built to dive, splash, paddle and whatnot, other dogs will sink like a lead balloon if submerged in water.
Although some dogs love to swim, and are certainly built to dive, splash, paddle and whatnot, other dogs will sink like a lead balloon if submerged in water. So, if you take your dog to the beach, don’t be disappointed if he doesn’t tackle the surf like a furry dolphin, in the meantime he will certainly enjoy all the sights, interesting smells and the feeling of sand under his paws.
If your dog is a swimmer, then a dog friendly beach is a great place to pass the time and exercise your dog. Swimming is a low impact exercise because it is easy on the joints, at the same time it is working many muscle groups, and improving your dogs strength and fitness. This link will take you to a list of dog friendly beaches in your area.
Getting your dog used to the water and possibly swimming at some point takes time and patience. The beach may not be the best place to teach your dog to swim, although there is no reason that cannot be the end goal. My dogs began with a real aversion to the water but a daily dip in a nearby basin helped them overcome those fears. Always start slow, and increase their independence in the water over time. I never rushed my dog’s progress and now they are confident enough to fetch sticks in the surf on the beach.
If you would like more information about teaching your dog to swim, then try the following link.