Olivia met the dock diving pool last week. Mom signed her up for a private introductory lesson at The Dog Tank to see how she would like a pool. For dogs, pools can be scary, even if they love to swim in a lake or pond. The clear water makes a pool is a strange beast. While Olivia is still super young, Mom wants her to learn about swimming in pools. The Dog Tank has an indoor pool that is available year round which is nice.
I’m sure people wonder why a dog needs a life jacket in the pool. Well, for one thing, dogs sometimes get curious and fall in. The life jacket prevents a scary incident. Until a dog is comfortable with swimming in the pool, they wear a life jacket to keep them floating and upright. Olivia tried a few times to jump off the side of the ramp, but never did.
Mom thinks it would be fun if Olivia would actually jump into the pool, which is above to the right, but the purpose right now is really just to have Olivia get all her paws in the water.
Olivia did pretty well, and actually got wet up to her tummy a few times. She also learned to put her nose into the water. Since she is so young, it is a slow process, taken at her own pace. At her next lesson, she will do some actual swimming in the pool.
There was never a time where Olivia was scared. She often left the ramp, wandered around and then came back. The ramp is also floating, so the motion is something else for a puppy to get used to. Whether she ever becomes a dock diving pool hound or not we will have to wait and see, but she will be able to swim in a pool without fear. On to the next lesson, little one!
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