It’s the middle of summer. Most of us are spending our time lying by the pool and just refreshing ourselves in this unbearable weather. And while we’re enjoying ourselves with a swim or two, we want our dogs to enjoy it just as much as we do. But if you’ve got a couple of dogs, chances are at least one of them would rather get a heatstroke than enjoy themselves at the pool. These dogs just hate anything that has to do with water, be it a swim or a bath. Now depending on your dog’s personality, there may be a dog toy that could actually help them overcome this fear and actually enjoy the water:
THE FETCH PLAYER
If your dog is the type to love fetching things, this type of dog toy may just be the answer to your problems. You can slowly include the water as another arena for your dog to play in. Do this by first playing fetch with your dog around his normal environment. Then, slowly get closer and closer to the pool when playing fetch. Finally, dip the toy in pool water and get your dog wet in the process too. But get them so distracted by the toy that it doesn’t even bother them when they’re now in shallow water. Now depending on your dog, this process could be done in a day or it could take weeks. It’s important to not push your dog too hard or it could completely traumatize them from even attempting to go near the pool again.
THE CHEW TOY LOVER
We’ve all come across at least one dog in our lifetime who is obsessed with chew toys. If a dog toy is chewy and they get their teeth into it and attempt to destroy it, chances are they’re never going to let it go until it is completely in pieces. This is especially if the toy is brand new. I know my dog has this weird obsession with new dog toys to the point where he just wants to get his teeth right into it until the ‘new toy’ scent is completely gone and all it smells like is his own stinky breath. Any sort of chewy dog bone would work pretty well and as long as he sees you throwing it into the pool, he’ll be right in it before you even notice.
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It’s usually pretty funny and embarrassing at the same time when you’ve got a huge dog like a Pitbull who is usually seen as a pretty terrifying breed that is now refusing to go into the pool because it is scared of going under. For dogs like these, a dog toy that floats usually gets the job done. I usually like to leave around a couple of big dog toys that float so when I need the little guy to go in the pool, he’s more willing to do so since he knows he can lean on one of the toys to prevent him from drowning. It is usually a pretty hilarious situation but it is one that some of us definitely have to face every now and then.
THE TENNIS PLAYER
And if all else fails, there is one thing we know for sure. Every dog is a tennis player. Now they may play it very differently than how we do, but they still play it nonetheless. This dog toy is a fool-proof way of finally securing the bag when it comes to letting your dog enjoy some time by the pool. But I will warn you. They go through balls very quickly so you’ll definitely have to stock up quite a bit.