Can Belgian Malinois Swim?
Belgian Malinois are solid swimmers, and many of them even enjoy swimming. They are an intelligent breed. And they will learn commands quickly. Thus it will be relatively easier to train Belgian Malinois to swim with the proper process and precautions.
Should I Teach My Belgian Malinois To Swim?
Belgian Malinois are entertaining activity partners. You will have a lot of fun spending time with them in the water swimming. It is essential to understand a few things, though.
Your dog jumping in the water without any prior training or precaution will lead to potentially fatal injuries. As a dog trainer, I have heard too many such fatalities in my years of experience, and it is soul-crushing. The incidents are mainly because the dog did not know to swim or could not get out of water.
Thus it is essential to train your dogs to swim. Teach your dog to get in the water and getting out. If they struggle to do so, then avoid water bodies. Your Belgian Malinois learning how to swim is a life-saving skill added to their abilities.
I am here to explain the process and give you hints and pointers which will help you train your Belgian Malinois in becoming a pro swimmer.
Where To Teach My Belgian Malinois To Swim?
The first step is to identify the teaching spot for your canine partner. It can be a lake or pool, but “The American Kennel Club” advises having a gradual slope into the water. The bright blue color of the swimming pool might make your dog reluctant to get in. A lake or pond will give them a more natural setting. But trust me, water is water, and if your Belgian Malinois is inclined to swimming, it will gradually get in.
There are few precautions to take whenever your Malinois is near or in water. You need to check the temperature of the water and air. Both should be at least 100 degrees Fahrenheit before your dog gets in to swim. If the water is too cold, your dog suffers from a cold tail, also known as a swimmer’s tail or limber tail, where it cannot wag or lift its tail.
Your dog can also experience hypothermia which can lead to a serious problem and even worse. Please keep in mind if your dog gets in the cold water and begins to shiver or not use its tail, immediately seek a veterinarian.
Another crucial thing to keep in mind is water toxicity when a dog swallows too much water while swimming. You can understand this if your dog shows signs of throwing up after swimming. The suggestion is to keep the sessions small, a maximum of 10 minutes at a go. Feed your dog some dehydrated or freeze-dried food after they come out of the pool. This will help absorb the excess water in the stomach.
Provide access to shade and fresh, clean drinking water whenever your dog is outside in the sun. Or else your dog might be tempted to sip from the pool, ocean, or lake. This isn’t the healthiest option. Do carry sun protection to avoid any form of sunburns but do not put it on your Belgian Malinois’ nose.