The following are some lifesaving tips to make sure your dog knows how to make it out of the pool.

  • Start by carrying your dog into the pool and gently placing him in the water. From a reasonable distance, help him swim to the steps. Praise, reward, and repeat several times until he gets the idea and easily makes it to the steps.
  • Next bring your dog into the pool and turn away from the steps. Guide him around and to the steps. After a couple of times, he should naturally aim towards the steps.
  • Then put your dog in the pool in different areas and teach him to reach the steps from anywhere in the water. Always be sure to praise and reward him! If your dog falls in the pool, even if he is a good swimmer, knowing where the steps are will eliminate the panic and save his life.