Is there a Spanish equivalent to "doggie paddle"?

It means for a human to swim like a dog, i.e. body almost vertical in the water and the two hands alternately grabbing the water ahead without breaking the surface. It looks similar to how a dog swims.

A google search reveals the phrase "nadar como los perros",which sounds correct, but a reverse search yields only dog related articles, not human swimming.

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    I've always heard "nadar perrito". You may find some videos: youtube.com/watch?v=BYwadTk3B_8
    – Gustavson
    Jan 24, 2018 at 20:18
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    Sí, yo lo conocía también como "nadar estilo perrito". Gustavson, puedes poner una respuesta cuando saques un rato por favor? Para que haya una respuesta oficial y no solo comentarios.
    – Diego
    Jan 24, 2018 at 20:40
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    Don't translate it back into English as 'doggy style' ;-)
    – Octania
    Jan 25, 2018 at 7:38

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I've always heard "nadar perrito" (which is short for "nadar estilo perrito", literally "to swim puppy style").

You may find some videos: nadar perrito which illustrate this "swimming style".

Even if some introductory word can be used as suggested by other members (nadar estilo/tipo perrito, nadar a lo perrito, etc.), the mere juxtaposition of "perrito" makes it sound like a real style. Compare with nadar crol, nadar pecho, nadar espalda, nadar mariposa.

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