Perhaps some thinks that teaching a golden retriever how to swim is not necessarily part of golden retriever training because of the fact that this breed was primarily created to retrieve shot waterfowl. Aside from that, they have sleek and dense water-resistant coat hence movements in water is relatively easy. But undeniably, not all golden retrievers are confident enough to be in the water. Not accustomed to swimming or past encounters are just some of the reasons that bring about the fear.
To help your dog conquer the fear of water, it’s best to start in an empty or not too swarmed and busy swimming pool, lake or river to prevent interruptions. While saying encouraging words, stand in the shallow end to make him less nervous. Reward and praise once he comes near the water. If he seems terrified to get in the water, coax him using the most delightful treat you can find. Do this calmly and gradually since forcing him to obey you might intensify his fear.
Another part of golden retriever training is the swimming lesson. Lucky you if your dog paddles away by himself just like most golden retrievers but if that isn’t the case, you certainly need to make extra effort to train him how to do so.
Gently pull him (if he’s on leash) or carry your dog in the area wherein the water is knee or waist-deep. Place your hand below his belly near the rear end while ensuring he’s level in the water. Let him to paddle vigorously until he learns to float and eventually swim.
While training, make sure to prioritize safety above anything else. Don’t force your pet to deep in the water since it will only worsen his fear which in return could make golden retriever training difficult. Moreover, activities in the water need to be controlled particularly in the case of young puppies and older dogs they get tired instantly.