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What steps do you take to teach a puppy to swim in a swimming pool? How do you overcome the negative/nervous reaction a puppy shows when faced with a swimming pool?
And speaking of that \"following\" instinct:Jose Alberto Reanto said:Mike, you'll notice that pups have that \"following\" instinct, and follows you wherever you go. That becomes ideal when you lead pups the first time in various terrain and eventually a body of water. here's some pics of pups swimming, FIRST TIME.....
Connie Sutherland said:And speaking of that \"following\" instinct:
One of my granddogs, Tilly, a BT, wandered onto the deck one day and saw that several of the humans were lounging in the pool below her. She hopped up onto the deck railing and jumped into the middle of them.
She was a puppy then. This pool has a barrier all around, so never did anyone consider it to be an \"attractive nuisance\" and a danger to the dogs....no one ever expected a high dive off the deck.
Fun was happening without her, and that was not acceptable to her!
They were shocked to have a puppy suddenly splash into their midst.
Yes, and proving once again what Bob Scott says about the disregard for personal safety that Border Terriers have! It was her brother who refused to back down from a purcupine despite a face full of quills. (He's OK.)Jose Alberto Reanto said:.... That could have been fun to watch, Connie....
I don't know if you were saying this humorously or not, but it's not true. Some dogs can't swim, period. Ever. No matter how much time and effort you put into trying to teach them. Even with a doggie life vest that's supposed to hold them up horizontally in the water.Dogs naturally are born with the ability to swim.
Yes, and especially in a pool, where they can't find the \"out.\" The first step in the pool is probably to show the puppy several times where the steps are and lead her up them and down them.Greg Long said:I think all dogs have the ability to swim naturally but the water may be a stress they cant work through or cant handle.They will panic and drown.JMO
That's right, Bob. Sensiblity is the word. While the pup is introduced to various environments, it may be far easier if you have a dog that the pups can model from. Just like in the olden and golden days of the breed when young pups were brought to the herding fields to \"learn\" from the adults. Strong dogs are raised that way.Bob Scott said:Inexpierience can put a lot of stress on some dogs. It generally shows up in what I call the bouy swimmer. The body is almost verticle in the water and the front legs are reaching and splashing a lot of water. I agree with Jose's comment about the willingness to follow.
Mike, if your older dog swims, it will be a huge help with the pup. Dont over tax the pup physically.
Jeff Oehlsen said:I have seen a lot of dogs go under, and I really don't like the idea of anyone saying \"natural\" I have had a lot of clients over the years that lost puppies this way. No need to select for \"swim drive\" So be careful, most of the pups lost were labs, not dutchys