Chocho has never swam in his life! I would LOVE to throw him in the pool this summer and let him experience it! Is it ok if i do that? Of course i'll very closely monitor him. but im wondering if he will drown as soon as i put him in! REally don't want that to happen!!
My dog is terrified of water and it would actually be torture to make him swim. Is this a little dog? I wouldn't encourage him to go in the pool unless you are sure there is no way he will jump in on his own by mistake when you're not looking. He may decide he likes it and go for an unexpected swim when you are not ready to go in after him. If you're going to do it, I would take him in with you and see how he reacts and then if he's ok, gradually let go and see if he swims. Like you would with a child. But I would not just toss him in and see if he sinks. And make sure he doesn't ingest any water. The chlorine could kill a little dog.
as with people chlorine is very irritating to skin of animals and a dog should be bathed after swimmimg in a pool. It is very important to make sure the dog knows how to climb out of the pool and is able to use the pool ladder or a ramp.
First off, NEVER throw your dog in the pool. This will absolutely terrify him and cause a serious fear of the water. Second, most breeds can swim, except for Dachshunds, Bulldogs, and Corgis. Although, with a proper life jacket even these breeds can enjoy the water. It is simple to teach a dog to swim and actually enjoy the water. With a small dog, just pick him up and take him in with you. Don't go too far out into the pool, but stay by the steps. Give him lots of praise. Then let go and allow him to swim to the steps and get out. Praise him again. Do this over and over and eventually your dog will learn that water is a good thing. I did this with my Golden/Malamute cross, Zoe, and she has learned to love the water. With a big dog, do the same thing, except lead them in by the collar. But, never force a dog. You can use treats, praise, ect... Make the experience positive for both of you!
Yes, corgis can swim too, without the aid of a life jacket, though I would NOT ever recommend ANY dog learning to swim without a life jacket. Dora taught herself to swim at the park yesterday, but I don't have that on video. It was more her idea than mine! Jumped into the pond after a school of fish and was surprised to find it wasn't a puddle and the water went over her head, but then she noticed the ducks and started doggie paddling right after them. Maybe she's a corgi-water dog mix. To the OP: I would not be comfortable having a pool and having a dog that did NOT know how to swim. I was watching Petfinder one night, with a family who wanted a dog and had one over to visit, and while playing around with the family dog it fell in their pool and sank like a stone! Totally paniced, and tightened all its muscles, and sank right to the bottom. They had to jump in and rescue it. Accidents happen like that, so unless the pool is completely blocked offor above ground where pup can't get into it, I would make swimming lessons a priority.
Not all dogs are swimmers. English and French Bulldogs have been known to drown. The girl that runs our local coffee stand was telling me how she had to rescue her English Bulldog from a friends swimming pool. He jumped in and sank to the bottom like a rock, she had to jump in and save him. Many breeders will not even sell to people that have swimming pools. I do not believe in throwing a dog into the water. Thats a good way to traumatize him. And life jackets should always be worn by dogs as well as children when they are in swimming pools or lakes, or out in a boat.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.