Invest in a well-fitting swim vest to provide buoyancy and comfort during initial swim sessions.
Lead your dog into the water slowly, allowing them to get used to the sensation and build confidence.
Offer physical support as your dog swims and encourage them with praise and treats.
Show your dog how to move their legs in the water and demonstrate basic swimming motions.
Stay near your dog during the learning process, providing reassurance and avoiding any signs of panic.
Teach your dog how to exit the water safely using a designated ramp or stairs.
Once your dog is comfortable swimming, introduce games like fetch or floating toys for enjoyable water experiences.