When you introduce your puppy to the water for the first time we recommend you allow him to splash around on shore and get comfortable. Then take him out in the water to about your waist and support his head and lift the tail to make him buoyant and let go so he can swim to shore. Let him splash a bit around shore and take him out again. These good experiences with water should make him a lifelong swimmer! The puppy in this photo is Cooper, a 2 month old Hazel/Champ puppy.