Golden Retrievers love the water. If you own a Golden Retriever, chances are you’ve seen it rush to a pool before you can even do anything about it. While this is great when they are older and know how to swim, it can be dangerous when they’re younger. That’s why it’s best to teach them properly and follow the right steps so your Golden Retriever puppy stays safe.
Don’t start too young
Golden Retrievers that are younger than three months old should not be swimming. Even if the pool is relatively shallow, it can be dangerous for them. Wait until they’ve reached three to four months to start your swimming lessons.
If your Golden Retriever is old enough to start swimming, that doesn’t mean you should rush right into things. Goldies may love the water, but it’s still best to introduce things slowly. Start with a kiddie pool so your Golden Retriever gets used to the water. Then, once they’re acclimated, introduce them to the shallow end of the pool. Stay by your Golden Retriever at all times while they’re learning to swim.
Have your Golden Retriever wear a life jacket in deep waters
If you’re heading to the beach or going on a boat, always have your dog wear a life jacket. Golden Retrievers are strong swimmers, but they can struggle with the waves and deep waters. Even if you don’t plan on your dog going into the water, having a life jacket on will help if they accidentally fall in. Just make sure they have gotten used to wearing one before taking them out.
Don’t force things
Many Golden Retrievers love to swim, but not all of them. Each dog is different, and if your dog doesn’t like to swim, then don’t force them. You should also never throw them into the water and hope they swim. This can be incredibly dangerous. Lead them into the water yourself while they’re wearing a leash or a life jacket.
Swimming can be a great form of exercise for your Goldie, so long as you take the steps above. For more tips on how to care for your Golden Retriever puppy, read through our blog or contact MN English Golden today!