Goofy and lovable, dogs have been making people smile for centuries. It’s genuinely hard to imagine life without them. Dogs have a way of brightening even the gloomiest of days.
With their wagging tails and contagious enthusiasm, they remind us of what’s truly important in life. They also have a unique ability to sense when we need comfort and are always there to offer a reassuring hug or lick.
On the other hand, sometimes dogs have some really strange behaviors. It’s important to know what those behaviors mean. What if your dog trying to tell you something important?
My dogs are certainly strange at times. They’ll even bite at me while I’m swimming! One from the ground, bounding along next to me, the other from the water, trying to paddle over to me.
So, what about biting me in the swimming pool? Why does my dog bite me in the pool? The quick and easy answer is probably one of three things: My dogs are trying to save me, they are playing or they are bored and looking for something to do.
They Are Trying To Save You
You can’t expect a dog to always know the difference between someone splashing around and having fun in the water and someone who is actually in trouble.
To some dogs, if you’re in the water splashing around that probably means you need help. Of course, if you’re in the water and you’re not moving much that might mean you need help too!
Dogs have been known to perform heroic acts, such as rescuing people from drowning. They may sense that someone is in danger and instinctively try to help. This can sometimes manifest as biting a swimmer, as the dog knows using his mouth is the best way to get the person to safety.
They Are Playing
Another possibility is that your dog is just playing and he’s using his mouth because that’s one of the ways dogs play. They might nibble on each other’s ears or tails, or they might bite each other lightly. This is all part of the fun for them.
So, when they see you swimming and want to join in the fun, they might start biting you. It’s their way of playing with you in the water.
If your dog bites you in the pool and it’s not because he’s trying to save you, he might just be playing.
Your Dog Is Bored
The third possibility is that your dog is bored and he’s looking for something to do. Dogs need exercise, and if they’re not getting enough, they can become bored.
Your dog might start biting you in the pool because he’s bored and needs an outlet for his energy. This often manifests as destructive behaviors, such as chewing on furniture or digging holes in the yard. But it can also come out as biting.
If your dog is bored, the best thing you can do is give him some more exercise. Take him for long walks or play fetch with him.
How Do I Get My Dog To Stop Biting Me In The Pool?
Your best bet is to work with your dog and make sure he is well trained. The ‘no command’ is an important one for all dogs to learn. You can also try using a chew toy or a rope toy in the pool to redirect your dog’s attention.
Video Tutorial: The No Command
If your dog is still nipping, you may need to consult a professional trainer. Udemy has some excellent online dog training courses that may be of help to you as well.
My Dog Only Bites Me In The Pool
If your dog only bites you in the pool, you might be wondering why. Remember, you are your dog’s human and he loves you more than anything in the world.
Dogs want to keep their human family members happy and safe. In doing so they sometimes may display what seems like aggressive or weird behavior towards those who they consider close family.
Summary: Why Do Dogs Bite You In The Pool?
Why does your dog bite you in the pool? The answer is likely one of the three explanations listed here. He is trying to save you, he is playing or your dog is bored due to a lack of exercise and stimulation.
It’s a good idea to teach your dog the “no command”. This way you can communicate that his biting is not okay.
So, remember, dogs are our best friends for a reason. They make us laugh, they comfort us when we’re sad, and they’re always there for us; Even when we’re in the pool!