I don't think Dragon will ever love the water, but by the end of our trip he hated it less. Having a doggie life-jacket helped. Dragon is mostly lean muscle (fat = float, muscle = sink), and shih tzu aren't built for swimming, so without it I'm guessing he'd sink like a stone.
Every few days I'd take him out to the end of the dock, where together we'd get in the water. We started with a ten-meter swim, but within a week he was up to 100 meters. He got confused during his 100-meter swim and started swimming toward the wrong dock. When I tried to correct him, he got a bit panicky, but eventually he made it on his own, albeit without a smile on his face. Afterward, I'm pretty sure he didn't make eye contact with me for about 12 hours.
|Dragon at the end of the dock, on Christmas morning, with HH's Baby Boo. |
|Dragon after one of his swims or baths. I can't remember exactly. But clearly he got wet.|