By Shelly Dunn
This is Crash. He is a Pitt Bull mix who lives across the street. Crash really wants to get in the pool but he is apprehensive...so, Katrina gently coaxed him down to the second step.
It is best NOT TO drag a dog into the pool. It only makes them fear the pool. Instead, entice your dog with a favorite toy. Crash loves the ball...absolutely loves it....so that was a natural choice as bait for him.
Let your dog make the choice on his/her own. The ball will win out, eventually. It does take time...but hey, you're in the pool having fun anyway.
It's also important to reward your dog for making small steps. The more your dog submerges himself in the pool, let him win the ball to reinforce that it is worth it to him.
Take your time and it will happen. It just requires patience. We will take pictures and show you when we get Crash all the way into the water. He swims in the ocean all the time, but dogs seem to have trouble with the pool. By the way, Spike and Lucy watched this whole event take place. They will not go near the pool unless we are swimming, then they chase us around from the decking. Both can swim, but are not nearly as into the ball as our neighbor Crash. The point is, do not traumatize your dog with the pool. Let it be a happy place for him to hang out this summer!