Developing strong swimming skills in a pool is great practice for the ocean.
Swimming in the ocean is a lot different from swimming in a pool. The waves and currents make swimming more difficult. Practicing swimming in a pool allows you and your dog to go to the ocean with confidence.
Read about my favorite Florida dog beaches HERE (This picture was taken at Fort De Soto Park.)
Eventually no noodle is required.
I don’t have to get into the pool.
They swim happily without making a bee line for the stairs now that they are confident strong swimmers who know they can get to the stairs and get out anytime they want.
If you have a pool it’s very important for your dog to know where the stairs are. Every pool is different.
In this picture you can see that the stairs are smaller than the ones in the pool we had in the picture at the top of the page. They are also steeper and deeper. My dogs noticed the difference. It took a little getting used to.
Don’t assume that your dog knows where the stairs are – show them – in every pool.