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Old 06-11-2010, 07:24 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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My lab just jumped right in and did her thing but she was born on a lake and watched mom and dad swim when she was small. She was almost swimming as soon as could walk!! lol. My lab taught my rottie to swim. It was funny because he watched her and learned how!!
Now my boxer. My poor, poor boxer. Can not swim. I tried to teach the little man but he can not figure out how to kick with his back legs. His butt sinks. I even tried holding his butt up and everything. He got better but still can not swim.
Must be a Boxer thing our Millie had no idea how to swim fell in the pool once and went down like a brick. Lucky my Son was in there and pulled her up,
but she loved being sprayed with the hose pipe.
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Old 06-11-2010, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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My lab just jumped right in and did her thing but she was born on a lake and watched mom and dad swim when she was small. She was almost swimming as soon as could walk!! lol. My lab taught my rottie to swim. It was funny because he watched her and learned how!!
Now my boxer. My poor, poor boxer. Can not swim. I tried to teach the little man but he can not figure out how to kick with his back legs. His butt sinks. I even tried holding his butt up and everything. He got better but still can not swim.
I've always had labs, goldens and spaniels so the idea of teaching a dog to swim is a little foreign to me. It's more like the dogs taught me not to get them close to water unless I was willing to clean up.
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Old 06-11-2010, 08:49 AM
 
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I honestly thought that all dogs instinctively knew how to swim. I didn't teach our German Shepherd how to swim. He just jumped in the water and started swimming.
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Old 06-11-2010, 08:57 AM
 
Location: West Palm Beach, FL
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I wish I had a pool. I don't know if my dog would like it or not.
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Old 06-11-2010, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Santa Barbara CA
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Some dogs like Bulldogs sink if they fall in a pool as their front end is too heavy. A lean very muscular dog might have a hard time too as fat is what makes us float.
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Old 06-11-2010, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I take my dog (chihuahua/papillong mix) down to the dog beach sometimes, and he NEVER wants to get into the water. I am not sure if he even knows how to swim, which I don't know how to test for. With him being very questionable about bodies of water, and with me not knowing how to swim myself (gasp), I don't want to exactly thrust him out there... I have a hard time believing that "all dogs know how to swim"... but I just don't know how to see if my little guy does or not. Any advice?
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Old 06-11-2010, 02:36 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Most dogs know how to swim instinctively. (Although, I do know of one Golden who would sink like a rock).
PC tried so hard to move those short little paws and my poor baby still couldn't stay afloat! He loves the water and we're near it all the time, so he just wears a life jacket. He jumps out of the kayak and off my paddleboard when we go out and can finally enjoy the water because of the life vest. Here's my boy, swimming like a champ! I should add, I know plenty of Bulldogs that can swim without a life vest! PC is just not one of those!


YouTube - Do the Porkchop paddle
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Old 06-11-2010, 03:17 PM
 
Location: California
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PC tried so hard to move those short little paws and my poor baby still couldn't stay afloat! He loves the water and we're near it all the time, so he just wears a life jacket. He jumps out of the kayak and off my paddleboard when we go out and can finally enjoy the water because of the life vest. Here's my boy, swimming like a champ! I should add, I know plenty of Bulldogs that can swim without a life vest! PC is just not one of those!


YouTube - Do the Porkchop paddle

What the.....your suppose to be enjoying PV....not on CD!
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Old 06-11-2010, 07:04 PM
 
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Wow....this put a huge smile on my face...can't stop watching it. I don't know who's luckier, PC or Mom! You too are a very dynamic duo ready to find a solution to any problem!
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Old 06-11-2010, 08:13 PM
 
Location: West Coast of Florida
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PC is so absolutely adorable.

I actually had Sheba, my MinPin in the pool with me tonight. I thought it would be a nice treat for her to feel some cool water, since we have been sweltering with heat and humidity here.

Sheba was scared , even while comforting her and never letting her out of my arms. Her daddy and I put our hands under her belly, as she tried to swim her way out. She sinks like a rock if we don't. All of this took approximately 1 minute...and for the last 3 hours Sheba has been giving me the look... you know the one..."I can't believe you put me through that hell. I'm not snuggling with you tonight lady."
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