Teaching Your Dog How To Swim

Some dogs were bred to be great swimmers. Unlike cats, many dogs get excited when they see a river, lake or pool and can't wait to soak themselves in it. However, not all dogs were made to do the doggie paddle.


In my neighborhood, our friend's dog Zero has a bad habit of getting too close to pools. Even though Zero is an awesome Bulldog and loves the water, we still make the precaution of putting on a life jacket every time he comes near the backyard. Why? Because Zero sinks.


Bulldogs with large chests and tiny hind legs have a hard time keeping afloat in the water. Plus, their stout muzzles and thick necks have a hard time keeping above the water.


"Keep your eye on him," says Zero's owner, John. "He sinks like a rock."


Introducing Your Dog to the Water

According to PetMD, experts believe that there are more than 40,000 water-related pet deaths that take place every year. This shocking statistic may make you hesitant about bring your dog anywhere near the water, but it is much safer to get your pet comfortable under your supervision than have them panic if they ever fell in.


  1. Invest in a Dog Life Jacket. There are many options for pet owners with dogs of all sizes for a life jacket. This ensures that your dog will stay afloat and will keep their nose afloat if they aren't a good swimmer.
  2. Get your dog comfortable wearing life jackets before getting near the water. You want to make sure that your pooch can move its legs enough and doesn't fight to take off his or her jacket before you even reach the water.
  3. Coax your dog in. Let them know that the water is a fun thing and they shouldn't be afraid. Start at the shallow end and work your way out. Do Not throw your dog in the deep end before they can swim.
  4. Use a teacher. Bringing another dog along to lure your dog into swimming is a great idea. Let them lead by example and be sure to bring along some treats!

Which Jacket Is Right For Your Dog?

Depending on the size of your pooch and the type of swimming you plan on doing, there are a lot of different options for Doggie Life Jackets. The most important thing to remember when you're investing in a dog life jacket is the size. Be sure to buy one that matches your dog's weight. If you fail to get the right size, your dog's jacket may fail and the results could be serious. All on them have sizes that measure the length, girth and weight of your dog. Be sure to take measurements of your dog prior to purchase.

  • Paws Aboard Red Dog Life Jacket: This is a standard jacket to aid in your dog's swimming. The vest with Velcro straps gives your pet added comfort, secures the belly and neck. The bright red coloring is an added safety feature so other boaters or swimmers will easily be able to identify your dog- even from long ranges. Made from a quick-dry material, this life jacket is a great option for a day out at the pool or beach.

  • Pet Saver Dog Life Jacket: This versatile pet vest is made for canines of a variety of sizes, from extra small to extra large. One highlight of this product is the neoprene bellyband that provides warmth for your pup as they swim, which is great for shivering pooches or pet owners that live in colder areas. The bellyband helps hold and stabilize your dog's body temperature. A wet coat can add to the danger of cold water because it makes it harder for your dog to keep his or her body temperature at equilibrium. Protect them with this.

As you can see, there is a nice range of doggie life jackets that are available for any pooch. So, when you start heading towards the beach, pool or river, remember that you don't have to leave Fido at home. By taking your time and introducing your pet in a fun and safe way to the water, you will be starting a way for them to have fun for the rest of their lives.


If you're looking for dog life jackets for your pooch, be sure to ask the pet experts at PetStreetMall.com by calling 800-957-5753. The dog lovers are more than happy to answer any questions about any of the products that we carry in our catalogue.

By Sean Bowes
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