|Barked: Fri Sep 10, '10 7:51am PST |
|Of my seven Aussies, only three really cared for water. My Frisbee dog was the best swimmer, he'd chase the Frisbee into the river in Austin, Texas. Using a toy that the dog really likes can help them overcome reluctance. But start slow..find a shore where the dog can wade in. Let him get used to the water and associate it with the positive experience of toy play. Then, after a few trips, increase the distance. You may have success getting him to swim.
My current Aussie loves the shore, but won't really swim. He wades until he's swimming, but that's as far as he goes. He likes to catch small waves and let them push him to shore and likes to lay in shallow water, though.
My experience is, don't expect your Aussie to be a swimming water dog!
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