Lab won't swim
5/16/15 @ 10:08 AM
6/23/15 @ 4:40 PM
6/22/15 @ 8:44 PM
6/15/15 @ 5:37 PM
Have the dog fetch a tennis ball or something he would die for to retrieve. In the house/outside so it knows that it is their play toy with you. Create enthusiasm to go get it and praise the dog after back from retrieve. Trust me, after time, the dog will go through anything to get that ball.
6/15/15 @ 7:34 AM
Sounds like he is doing wonderful, let him gain confidence slowly and he should be fine. Try swimming out with him, I have done that and it has worked. Slowly walk out with him at your side, then slide onto your knees and continue going out with him. If he stops, go to him and encourage him to come out with you. Try a few times and if it doesn't work, stop and try another day. If it does not work, end the water work on a positive note, toss a bumper in the shallow where he will retrieve, praise him and call it a day! Hope this helps, take care, good luck and hug that hound!!
6/5/15 @ 7:39 PM
6/2/15 @ 6:49 AM
5/21/15 @ 11:02 AM
What denesox said. If your dog has been on live birds, a wing clip in the water is usually more than the can take. Neither worked for my American WATER Spaniel. What finally worked was carrying him into waist deep water on me, facing shore, and gently setting him in. One time and the light bulb went on. He is a swimming fool now!
5/20/15 @ 6:18 PM
A hot day will be a big help, we should get one here by August...lol. Work the dog a bit, then after the dog is warmed up, go to the lake and play fetch in the water. Start throwing along a beach, almost parallel so at first its running through the water, and gradually move your throws from the shore to deeper water. Gradually enough that the first few throws to deeper water only involve a quick paddle and grab...in no time you'll be chucking it to the middle.
Having another dog along that enjoys swimming would also be of help, as the competition will increase the drive to get the toy or whatever you throw.
5/20/15 @ 1:24 PM
Relax, she's a pup. Give her time to enjoy the water and she will figure it out. Also, go in the water with her, make it fun and she will be fine and soon she will be a swimming fool! Just remember the sight when she figures out how to swim, that is priceless! Good Luck!
5/17/15 @ 7:50 PM
He's 7 month old. Great retrieving drive. He's actually pretty advanced for that age, basic hand signals and such. He just doesn't go deeper than his feet can touch bottom. I don't want to push it too much and ruin him, but it sure would be nice to get water work going with the hot months fast approaching.