Swim & Play

Dog swim lessons in Los Angeles

Level I
Dogs should be social and have basic obedience.
All breeds
Some breeds require life vests

Does your pup love water or need some extra training to feel comfortable around it? Our Swim & Play classes offer dog swimming lessons by our certified Partner Trainer that’ll soon have your pup splashing around with confidence! 

Learning to swim is a step-by-step process that requires patience and practice. But soon enough, your dog will be a swimming master! Once your dog is confident in the water, they can have fun playing fetch, swimming and splashing with friends. 

Focus Areas

Our Partner Trainer will use positive reinforcement and latent learning to get your dog comfortable with the water and slowly introduce your dog into the pool.


  • Sit
  • Wait / Impulse Control
  • De-sensitivity to Water or Pool
  • Safely Enter & Exit Pool
  • Learn to Swim


We recommend at least four classes.


Boredom is the leading cause of behavioral issues and depression. Swim & Play offers dogs small group socialization, low impact exercise, and mental stimulation.  We recommend mixing in enrichment classes with your dog’s weekly play schedule.

Swim lessons are critical for our SoCal dogs. Many dogs don’t know how to swim and are at risk of drowning in our pools. Beyond safety, swimming offers dogs with joint issues and injuries a way to exercise and get the mental workout they desperately need.

Of course, we have our water dogs that want to jump in and play endless rounds of fetch. For them, we focus on impulsivity and learning how to enter and exit the pool.

West LA
Pacific Palisades
How It Works
To ensure maximum safety and fun for your dog, please take note of the following requirements:
  • Fitdog assesses all dogs for good temperament and sociability.
  • Proof of immunizations for Rabies, DHPP, Bordetella, Canine Flu, and Lepto must be provided prior to your first class.
  • Dogs must wear a collar and tags at all times. If your dog doesn’t have one, we’ll provide a collar for $20.
  • For van rides, we recommend that dogs have a well-fitted vehicle harness. If not, they’ll be secured by their collar. Related: Safety Harnesses
  • Dogs must be at least six months old and spay/neutered.
  • We only use positive reinforcement training techniques.
  • We track our vans and driver safety with Samsara.
  • Training Partners are certified, experienced dog trainers who are experts in the classes that they lead.
  • For outdoor classes, like Adventure Hikes, we keep a low employee ratio of one leader to every 7 dogs.
  • Our Excursion Leaders are experienced, trained employees.
  • You get to have in on the fun, too! After every class, you will get a Snapshot of your dog including photos, videos, and notes.
  • Our online booking platform makes customizing pickup and drop-off locations and booking classes quick and easy.


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