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Into the Water!
Most dogs love water! Here’s what you need to pay attention to when they jump in!

Into the Water!     

Many dogs love water and go in full of enthusiasm, others need to be acquainted slowly or simply do not like it at all. Depending on the dog’s breed and inclination, it is important to realize how your four-legged friend deals with this special element.

Dogs can swim, or can’t they?     

Dogs innately make swimming movements as soon as they come into deep water. However, this does not mean that every dog is a practiced swimmer. With positive experiences and a bit of practice, the dogs quickly develop a routine and can gradually be introduced to swimming longer stretches.
Swimming is a joint-friendly training for dogs, develops their muscles and strengthens their cardio-vascular system. In particular for overweight dogs or pets in chronic pain, swimming can be truly beneficial.        

On Tour by Boat or SUP      

When on tours by boat or SUP your dog should always wear a life vest. If the dog jumps into the water or falls in, sudden wave motion, currents or obstacles under water can quickly become dangerous otherwise. It is much easier to see a dog wearing a life vest and pull the dog back on board. Our life vests for dogs are made in a way that your dog has ample freedom to move and is not restricted in any way

The Right Toys for Water     

If your dog is a water enthusiast, floating toys are ideal for joint games and training. The toys should float on the surface of the water and upright themselves if possible so that the dog can see and grip them easily. Materials such as thermoplastic rubber (TPR) are ideal as they do not hurt the dog’s mouth, but are still robust.
With dogs that are sceptical about water, playing in shallow water is a good idea. This can be a preparatory exercise as well as a replacement for swimming.

This is what you should pay attention to!      

On hot summer days, pay attention that your dog is not overheated when jumping into cool water. It can also be useful to rinse off salt, bacteria or chlorine from the fur after a swim. Depending on the fur type, the dog can be rubbed dry e.g. with a microfibre towel. Special attention needs to be paid to the ears. In cooler temperatures, many pets like to snuggle into a bathrobe for drying.