|Barked: Fri Jul 19, '13 6:36am PST |
|By my experience, most dogs are natural swimmers, yet some of them do not like it. Probably there are also dogs that are structurally weak to be able to swim without aid. I would allow the puppy to wade in the water and watch his/her reactions to it.
Alva doesn't like to get wet and she did not swim. She is born in September 2009 and so she did not have access to open water before May 2010. Then we were atour summer place where we have a short "beach". I, my father, Alva and Pipsa the water dog mutt walked towards the lake, dogs off leash. I told my father: "Do NOT throw anything into the water, do NOT throw anything for either dog, I do not want Alva to get scared by water because she has never seen a lake before and you know how she'll run after Pipsa!"
What he does... Picks up a stick and before I can do anything he throws it into the lake. Pipsa rushes after it and of course Alva isn't far behind. Alva is too deep in the water before she realises that she is no more on dry ground. Obviously, she could swim naturally as any dog, but she did not like the experience.
I wonder if that experience prevented her to swim earlier, but I am pretty sure she doesn't like getting all wet by nature. She likes to wade and fetch sticks from the water as far as she has not to wade any further than her belly gets wet. One or two times in a summer I leashed her and walked her into the water, so deep that she had to swim. It was clumsy and nasty because she only wants to swim back to the shore. I wondered if she needed some floating aid to make swimming more pleasant for her...
Our summer place is a peaceful place and thus our dogs are off-leash there. They can decide freely if they want to swim or not. Pipsa and Tinka needed no training to swim. They are naturally attracted to water and love to swim that much that they swim in circles without having to fetch anything. But I have heard of dogs that love so much swimming or swim after a duck or something that they swim too far and get too tired to return.
Last weekend, something happened. Alva SWAM. On her own, with no forcing by me or anybody else or any aid. My brother had assembled our dock and I threw sticks to the dogs on it. Pipsa loves to jump from it into the water and fetch anything thrown into it. Tinka was just swimming circles some meters away from it. Alva was harassing me on the dock, trying to make me to throw something for her into the shallow water. Somehow, at some point, I was teasing her with a stick, splashing water with it. She went into the water to get at it. It was too deep to be reached without swimming. To my surprise I saw when her feet left the water bottom and started to kick and paddle. Immediately I gave the stick to her and she returned to the shore. I repeated this many times and she swam around the dock. I even recorded it with my phone, but the cord that connects it with my computer is missing so I cannot show it.
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