Water sports with your dog

Some dogs just love water. It’s like it’s in their genes (clue: it is. See the Irish Water Spaniel and the Portuguese Water Dog).

We already know dogs can dry-off quicker than us – humans can’t quite shake 70% of water off our skin in four seconds… yet. But, when it comes to getting on, in or by the water, guess what? There are so many aquatic adventures you can do with your dog! Whatever the season or weather, if your dog loves a swim, we’ve got lots of fun, creative ideas right here.

There’s nothing like a dip in the sea, but some dogs need more help than others – did you know not all dogs can swim?

Some pups can have more trouble and swimming isn’t advised as it can be challenging and dangerous for them. Flat-faced (brachycephalic) dogs are at higher risk of inhaling water, and those with long bodies and short-legs can struggle to stay above the surface too – please check the list below and make sure you’re right there in the water with them, supporting them with a life jacket or just letting them splash about in the shallows:

  • Basset Hound
  • Bulldogs
  • Bull Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Corgis
  • Dachshund
  • Pug
  • Boxers
  • Shih Tzu

Get reading, do some research on places near you, and let’s get ready to get some paws happy and wet!

Safety first

Whatever you’re planning on getting out there and doing, make sure you’ve got the right kit – for you both.



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