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i have been working with my dog and she just doesn't want to swim..she will but not very often she will go in the water until she cant touch the bottom then she will come back...and i dont know how to get her to swim after what i throw everytime....any suggestions?
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Do you have a friend with a dog that likes to swim? I threw out a tennis ball and when my friends lab jumped in after it, my lab followed. Can't keep here out of the water now.
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How old is the dog?
There are so many factors need more info on the history of the dog...
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How old is your dog? We couldn't get Abby to swim when she was small. It took months for her to finally transition from the bank to wading to jumping and splashing to finally swimming. Now it's hard to keep her out of the water.
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Must be a very young dog. Mine wouldn't swim untill he was about 5 or 6 months. He's three and a half now. When I take him canoeing, he swims the entire float rather than sit in the boat. It's a 9 mile float. I think he's really part frog.
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razorbackhunter wrote:I think he's really part frog.
Go out swimming with him and encourage him. But if a pup, I'd wait until about 6 months old.
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I started training my pup when we still had my old girl, Abby.
training her alone proved that she was very unsure of water, but as soon as her old playfriend, Abby jumped in, she went right in after her.... no second thoughts - and that was when she was only a few months old.
be careful at first, no big water-stick with a small pond.
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put on your waders and go out there with the dog you may have to call them to you. just sounds like a lack of confidence. make sure it is a gradual incline no sudden drop off.
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You're going to have to get in the water with the dog. I don't know where you are, but if the water is warm enough take off your shoes and wade in. Otherwise throw on the waders like h2oknine suggests. When you go in the water take a toy or bumper. Spalsh the water and get the dog excited. He'll swim out to you.
Don't rush it though. If the water is cold it may take until next summer when the dog can swim in warm water to be totally comfortable.
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i had this problem also, I tried everything other dogs, wading out but nothing seemed to work until someone told me to throw a dummy in moving water, he went right out after the dummy and didn't even know he was swimming, now he loves it. Give her time and good luck.
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All above suggestions will work. Give it time, it will happen. For the love of all creatures big and small, don't follow a sink or swim method. I think it will work, but it's just plain mean.
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My pup did great up till the water got cold..now that its duck season he doesnt want to jump in the cold water...going to take him out with a trained dog sometime soon and see if it'll help...up untill the water dropped 15 degrees(55 F)...I had no problems...he'd jump right in off the bow and load back up...hasnt done it since the end of August..
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Probably shouldnt have done it this way, I just threw my dog off the dock and made her swim, shes been fine since can't stay out of the water now!
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Jump in your boat and head out from shore with the pup on shore if you have a good relationship with your dog he will follow and when he does give him all the encouragement you can.
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I had same problem until I brought her out w/my buddies dog to a pond.we threw dummies out for his dog 1st.after switchin turns with them shes taking off now.she turned 3 this year & has been fantastic so far this year.
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