I recently found out the hard way that I had forgotten some very basic steps to teaching my malamute Griffin how to swim. On further reflection, I decided that I would go back and try it in a different and more relaxed manner to build up his confidence and thus ensure that he is comfortable as a swimmer.
Here is a hub on how to best teach your dog how to swim - and the wonderful benefits of water therapy for dogs. Check out the wonderful resources as well and some of the fine products offered for fun in the water with your favorite canine!
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