Begin in shallow water. Let them walk in and splash before swimming.
Life jackets give dogs confidence and keep them buoyant while learning.
Keeping them attached prevents panic. Slowly lengthen the lead as they improve.
Floating toys encourage dogs to reach and paddle out into the water.
Swimming with your dog shows them how it's done and makes them feel safe.
Treats and praise during and after swim sessions reinforces the behavior.
Some dogs take to water quickly, others need more time. Stay calm and positive.