If you dog loves water, here are 9 activities you can do with them

Having a dog that loves water can be a joy, but often a challenge too.

Let’s be honest, it’s not just about them splashing around in a puddle.

It’s about discovering how to make the most out of this passion they have.

Now, if you’re like me, you’re constantly on the lookout for activities that both you and your dog can enjoy together.

And if that activity involves water?

Even better!

So here are 9 water-based activities you can do with your dog.

1. Beach fun

There’s nothing quite like a day at the beach.

And let’s face it, if your dog loves water, chances are they’ll love the beach too.

Beaches provide a perfect playground for dogs.

The sand is great for digging, and the waves provide endless fun for dogs who love to splash and swim.

Plus, you get a beautiful view while your furry friend gets to play.

But not all beaches allow dogs, and those that do often have specific rules you need to follow.

So always check before you go.

Now, one of my favorite activities at the beach is playing fetch with a twist.

Instead of just throwing a ball or stick, throw it into the water.

It adds an extra challenge that water-loving dogs just can’t resist!

Don’t forget to pack plenty of water for both of you, and maybe a few treats as well.

After all, beach fun can be tiring.

2. Dock diving

Now this activity is one that my dog, Charlie, absolutely adores.

Dock diving is a sport where dogs jump from a dock into a body of water, competing for distance, height or speed.

It’s thrilling, and a fantastic workout for your dog.

I remember the first time we tried it, at a local dog sport event.

Charlie was a bit unsure at first, peering over the edge of the dock and wagging his tail nervously.

But after a few encouraging words and treats, he took the plunge – and loved it!

Now, there’s no stopping him.

Every time he sees a dock, he’s ready to leap.

If your dog is confident in water and loves to fetch, dock diving could be a great activity to try.

Just remember to ensure it’s safe, with no hidden dangers under the water.

3. Stand-up paddleboarding

Stand-up paddleboarding, or SUP for short, is a water sport that has exploded in popularity in the last decade.

And the best part?

You can share this activity with your water-loving dog.

SUP involves standing on a large surfboard-like object and using a paddle to move through the water.

It’s not only a great workout for you, but it also provides an exciting adventure for your dog.

Dogs are natural balancers, which is why you often see videos of them riding skateboards or even surfing.

This makes them perfectly suited for SUP, where balance is key.

Of course, safety should always come first.

Make sure your dog is wearing a life jacket, even if they are strong swimmers.

And start in calm, shallow waters until both of you are comfortable.

4. Water retrieve games

If your dog is a fan of fetch, then water retrieve games are an absolute must.

This is a simple yet engaging activity that combines your dog’s love for fetch and water.

Essentially, you throw a toy into the water and your dog swims out to retrieve it.

You can use any sort of floating toy for this, but I find that brightly colored ones are easiest for dogs to spot in the water.

This is a great way to exercise your dog, particularly on hot days when running around on land might be too much.

Plus, it’s an activity that can be easily adapted to any body of water – be it a lake, a river or even your backyard pool.

Remember though, always monitor your dog while they’re swimming and never throw the toy too far out or into choppy waters. Safety first!

5. Water agility courses

Agility training is a fantastic way to keep dogs mentally and physically stimulated.

But have you ever tried it with water obstacles?

Water agility courses add an extra level of fun and challenge for your dog.

Instead of jumping over hurdles, they’re jumping into pools.

Instead of weaving through poles, they’re weaving through floating objects.

This activity is becoming increasingly popular, with many dog training centers now offering water agility classes especially in the warmer months.

However, if you don’t have access to such facilities, don’t worry.

You can create your own simple water agility course at home using kiddie pools, hula hoops, and floating toys.

6. Quiet time by the water

Let’s not forget that spending time by the water isn’t always about splashing, swimming, and racing around.

Sometimes, the most precious moments are the quiet ones.

Take time to simply sit by a gentle stream, a calm lake, or even your backyard pool with your dog.

Let them explore the water’s edge, lap up the cool water, or simply sit with you and enjoy the serenity.

These moments of calm can create an incredible bond between you and your dog.

It’s an opportunity to simply enjoy each other’s company in a peaceful setting.

Water has a way of calming the mind and soothing the soul.

And sharing that with your dog?

Now that’s truly special.

7. Learning to swim

Believe it or not, not all dogs are born swimmers.

Some need a little help and encouragement.

That was certainly the case with my rescue pup, Daisy.

Daisy was terrified of water when she first came home.

A simple bath would send her into panic mode.

But I knew that learning to swim could be a lifesaver, literally.

So, we started slow.

Just getting her paws wet at first, then gradually moving to deeper water.

It was a process filled with patience, gentle reassurances, and lots of treats.

Now, Daisy loves water.

She may not be the fastest swimmer, but she certainly enjoys it.

And seeing her paddling around with that wide doggy smile?

Well, it makes all those patient moments worth it.

If your dog isn’t a natural swimmer, don’t worry.

With time, patience, and positive reinforcement, they can learn to not just swim, but love the water too.

8. Canoeing or kayaking

If you’re a fan of canoeing or kayaking, why not bring your dog along for the ride?

It’s a fantastic way to spend a sunny day and gives your dog a whole new perspective on water adventures.

Your dog can sit in the front while you paddle, taking in all the sights, sounds, and smells of the water.

It’s a peaceful activity that can still provide plenty of excitement for your four-legged friend.

Of course, safety is paramount.

Make sure your dog is wearing a life jacket and is comfortable in the canoe or kayak before heading out into deeper waters.

This is an activity best suited for calm waters, so avoid fast-flowing rivers or choppy seas.

9. Water safety training

As much as our dogs love water, it’s crucial to remember that safety comes first.

This goes beyond just ensuring your dog can swim.

Water safety training involves teaching your dog how to get in and out of a pool safely, how to respond to commands even when in water, and getting them comfortable with wearing a flotation device.

It’s the most important water activity you can do with your dog.

Because while it’s wonderful to have a dog who loves water, it’s essential to have a dog who respects it and knows how to navigate it safely.

Water-loving dogs and the joy of shared experiences

The bond between a person and their dog is unique, profound, and often hard to put into words.

It’s a connection that transcends language and taps into the purest forms of joy, companionship, and love.

For those of us with dogs who love water, this bond takes on an extra dimension.

The shared adventures by the water’s edge, the excitement of a new water game, the quiet contentment of just being together in nature — these moments form a tapestry of memories that enrich our lives in countless ways.

The activities we’ve explored here are not just about keeping your dog entertained.

They’re about understanding their passions, challenging them to learn new skills, and creating shared experiences that strengthen your bond.

So next time you see your dog’s ears perk up at the sound of splashing water, remember: You’re not just looking at a dog who loves water.

You’re looking at an opportunity for connection, adventure, and mutual joy.

Tina Fey

Tina Fey

I've ridden the rails, gone off track and lost my train of thought. I'm writing for Nomadrs to try and find it again. Hope you enjoy the journey with me.

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