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Get your dog to swim?

Discussion in 'Sports & Activities' started by Clyde, Jul 3, 2013.

  1. Clyde

    Clyde Pup

    My dogs will go into the river only to about as deep as their chests. They've both fallen in at times and my younger dog actually jumped in after a tennis ball but when she was getting out my older dog was blocking her exit. Which I think scared her from ever wanting to get back in again. Any tips on how to get them to jump in? Also is it bad to throw them in?
     
  2. Dont throw them in, let them watch another dog swimming. Here's my newest pup learning to swim.
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  3. blade

    blade Pup

    PUT a nylon harness on your dog and get in the water with him. Walk him deeper until he has to swim,at that point take hold of the top of the harness to help support your dog to help keep him from struggling to swim. Do this several times on different days steadily increasing the time your dog swims. A pleasant experience will encourage your dog to want to swim on his own.
     
  4. capo

    capo Big Dog

    Step1: grasp firm grip around neck
    Step2: do a couple circle spins
    Step3: release
    Now dog should be in flying towards middle of river and will shortly be swimming back with no problems. Lol

    YOU DONT HAVE TO GET WET TO TEACH A DOG TO GET IN WATER. TOYS ETC... ALL ELSE FAILS - use the 3step plan above.
     
  5. gh32

    gh32 Premium Member Premium Member

    LOL,I just started trying to teach my son to swim,wonder if it works for children too.
     
  6. smithy

    smithy Big Dog

    ^^ lol that's how I lerned sink or swim simple choices.
     
  7. capo

    capo Big Dog

    on children make sure step1: grasp firm around (wrist or ankles ) dont want people saying you were choking your kid before you threw them in the water! lol
     
  8. hello, i am from portugal..
    what i have done with my dog to teach in swiming, i go swiming and he go after me without forcing him, since he was a puppy.. And my other dogs i cross the lake swiming and they come... sorry for the english:p
    Or with a toy that they love, trow itto a deeper place and they go take it...
     

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