Certain dog breeds get a reputation for not doing so well in the water. Dachshunds are one breed that are typically thought to be poor swimmers. Due to their small legs and heavier torsos, most dachshunds aren’t natural swimmers.
However, it’s important remember that every dog is different and if your dachshund loves to jump in, you can help.
One thing to keep in mind is that even though some breeds are “predisposed” to like or dislike certain things, if your dog is open to new experiences, embrace that. If you introduce the water to your dachshund at a young age, they may eventually grow to love the water. If you want to train your dachshund to be comfortable in the water, bring them close to the water but don’t force them in. Allow them to measure their own comfort level through their curiosity and see if they’ll be willing to dip their toes in.
Once your dachshund gets comfortable, play a game of fetch in a shallow area to see how well they do in the water. Eventually, their instincts will take over and they’ll likely start to swim.
If you’re swimming in a pool, once your dog gets into the water, they may not remember how to get out. If your dog starts to look distressed, pick them up and show them where the pool’s stairs are. If you have a pool ladder, you’re going to need to help them get out and keep a close eye on them.
You do need to be careful when exposing your dog to the water, not all of them will be comfortable or be strong swimmers. Stay close to them and make sure that they can see you to help keep them comfortable. If your dog starts to struggle or whine, help them out of the water and award them with a treat for their bravery!
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