Before you take your pet to a large water body make sure you and
your pet are adequately trained for such an activity. Pets
require time and effort to develop familiarity with water. One of
the first things to ensure when training your pet in water is its
response to voice commands. Your pet must be responsive to your
commands as it often needs to be warned in deep or dangerous
waters. It is a good idea to introduce your pets to water when
they are young. Allow them to play in shallow warm baths and
around sprinklers. This builds their comfort level over the
course of time. Make water based activities fun for your pet.
This provides positive reinforcement. Make sure to use floatation
gear at the beginning for young pets. Constant supervision is
recommended as fifteen minutes of swimming is equivalent to an
hour’s worth of running around. This can easily tire the pets and
might require the intervention of the owner.
Training your pet to like water
In the initial days of water training, you need to enter the
water with your pet. Hold its body in water as it learns to
paddle. Go into the waters with your pet repeatedly to build its
confidence. This also makes them comfortable in deeper waters.
The company of the owner also provides a soothing effect and
stops your pet from panicking. Never force your pet to stay in
water if it does not want to. Forming negative bonds with water
might make them uncomfortable for life. Certain pets are more
accustomed to water than others. Certain breeds of dogs for
example are natural swimmers, whereas others are not. So you
should adjust your expectations accordingly. The key thing to
remember is that, this is a gradual process. Take things in steps
and slowly. Move to deeper waters only after your pet is
completely comfortable in relatively shallower depths. Starting
in warm water is ideal for young pets.Once your pet has picked up
the basics, progressively make it more challenging. For example
lead him out into the pool and make him swim to the shore. Making
him play fetch on the water is also a good exercise. Make gradual
progress towards deeper waters, making sure your pet doesn’t tire
out in between. Once you are confident your pet is able to
navigate on his own, you might want to move on to directional
signals. With enough training and patience, your pet will soon be
a reliable companion in the waters.
Tips for Bathing a Pet Who Hates Water
Some pets just
water, but let’s be honest here: it’s a rare pet who is really
excited about getting into the bathtub. What do you do
when bathing your pet has turned into a wrestling match
worthy of a reality TV crew? Here are some tips.
1. Stick to a professional.
Let’s just go ahead and get the “last resort” out of the way.
When all is lost and you’re tired of getting scratched up and
your pet is tired of getting traumatized, then take your pet to a
groomer. They know how to deal with difficult pets and how to be
very efficient and calming during the grooming process so that
your pet won’t have to suffer too much, even if your wallet begs
2. DIY, but not in your house.
Take your dog to
a DIY dogwash. The anchor leash
will help keep your dog’s head still to eliminate struggle.
Better yet, between no scuffling, the raised tubs, and the
hand-held spray, this should entirely eliminate back strain while
you give your pet a very thorough washing.
3. Use a hand shower at home.
Many DIY instructions about bathing a pet include filling buckets
of water to pour over your pet to wet and rinse them, but we’ve
had the experience of a dog
who was much more amenable to being bathed at home
once the pet's parent started using a hand shower for wetting and
rinsing the pet’s fur.
4. Use dry shampoo between washings.
If you want to extend the time between trauma – I mean bathing –
then try using this
Shampoo For Dogs and Cats
to make dirt removal gentle and simple without water, and while
preserving essential oils in the fur.You can also try
Bio-Groom Waterless Bath No Rinse Shampoo
, which contains anti-microbial tea tree oil. Along with cleaning
your pet's fur, this spray can also detangle fur and relieve
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