HNTFSH wrote:I'm still trying to figure out how the bobbbed tail is gonna help his dog not sink when its hair ices up.
Ice floats so do swimming dogs. The Poobadabadoobedobeedor is just gonna be a lot slower swimming all iced up. That and he should jingle like a wind chime when he climbs out of the water.
Mr Bill. Good luck with the pooch, and the tail wagging thing is the silliest comment I have ever heard about a dog. If that was a major problem. Every lab and Chessie on the planet would have a docked tail. I have as of yet to see one serious waterfowling dog breed with docked tails.
To the poster on tails as rudders. The tail is far more important for balance on land than as a rudder in water. Water being a very dense medium means that any minor corrective action a dogs tail could make would be irrelevant. If you watch your dog run it generally rolls it's tail in tight circles to help maintain balance. If you watch one retrieve in water the tail is invariable straight back to streamline the dogs swimming form and minimize drag.