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No, not all dogs are born and know how to swim!

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Dogs are born with many natural instincts. Given that there is a style of swimming we all know as "dog paddling," wouldn't it make sense that swimming was one of those natural instincts?

When most dogs are kept afloat, they will automatically launch their dog paddle in the air. They see water and their legs begin to crank in that familiar peddling movement. All you have to do is stop by and watch them go.

Many people believe that all dogs are born with the ability to instinctively swim. It can be a fatal misunderstanding.

It turns out that there are three types of dogs: those who can swim, those who can swim but need help, and those who have the unique ability to sink like a stone in any watery situation.

Dogs that can swim well, of course

Certain dogs were bred for water rescue and activity. Not only are these breeds usually excellent swimmers, but they also enjoy the water.

Water-loving breeds include retrievers and spaniels such as the Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, American Water Spaniel, Irish Water Spaniel, and Portuguese Water Dog.

Retrievers and spaniels tend to have strong, long hind legs that are great for swimming. There are exceptions in individual dogs, however, and sometimes older dogs or dogs with disabilities have trouble swimming, regardless of breed.

Always start slowly with your dog if you have not yet tested his swimming skills. Monitor them and start in shallow water where they can stand before moving to the deep end.

And remember, even strong swimmers can be lost, pulled out by currents, injured, or fallen off boats and unable to stay above the surface. All dogs can from a Dog life jacket when they are near the water.

Dogs that need help with swimming

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Other dogs may have the innate ability to swim, but that doesn't necessarily mean they are safe in the water or can keep afloat. Some dogs of the above breeds, despite their natural abilities, can fall into this category.

Smaller breeds such as Chihuahuas and Maltese can swim but can quickly be overwhelmed by the vastness of the water.

When overwhelmed, these types of dogs tire too quickly. You can also panic and desperately try to climb anything - including you - to get out of the water.

If you have a dog who has the physical ability to swim but not the nerve to support him, you can slowly introduce him to the idea of ​​swimming. You can try to encourage your dog by swallowing some of the water and seeing if your dog follows.

Reward your dog with treats for every new benchmark they make in the water, even if they just get their paws wet. When your dog is more comfortable with the water, it will be easier for them to swim in deeper areas.

Being with another dog who loves swimming can also encourage your worried pup to go for adventures in the water.

NOTE: Be careful never to force a dog into the water. If your dog is just not in the water, that's fine too. Do not push or force the problem. It's not for all dogs.

Dogs that are not natural swimmers

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Then there are the dogs who, however, are not built for H20. Breeds with large, boxy breasts, shorter hind legs, or short snouts often don't do well in swimming scenarios.

These types of breeds include boxers, pugs, basset hounds, and especially the bulldog. Any short-snouted or brachycephalic breeds may also have difficulty breathing or keeping their airways afloat.

All of these breeds should be constantly monitored near bodies of water.

This doesn't mean these types of dogs can't enjoy a family day at the beach. Non-swimming breeds can still have fun on the beach in the shallower areas of the water, and even lounge with you on a large float in the pool!

Just make sure that your dog is not afraid and does not "leave" the ship and endanger his or her life.

It goes without saying, but even if your dog possesses Michael Phelps' swimming skills, that doesn't mean you can forego safety precautions.

Invest in dog swimming gear like Dog life jacket and ankle boots when in a lake or area with jagged edges and hot sand. And make sure there is always a person supervising a dog that swims in the water.

Have clean drinking water and a nice, shaded area ready for your dog to relax after any water sport activity.

Is Your Dog Concerned About The Water? Have you tried training them to be a better swimmer? Let us know your training methods in the comments below!

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