How to NOT lose a water toy?
I'm thinking of getting a water toy, like the Chuckit Amphibious Shark Fin, instead of using sticks, to encourage my dog to swim. She'll only swim to fetch, won't swim for the sake of swimming. She loves to fetch and I love making her swim. However, I've noticed that with sticks, sometimes she can't find them if it sinks or she drops it 3 feet away from the shore and it floats away.
Question: how do you guys make sure the toy you throw into the water always get retrieved back to you? Do you tie a rope to it? Or do you teach a good retrieve before you try it out on water?
The swimming is in the lakes or creeks or ocean so I won't be getting in the water to retrieve the toy myself if my dog won't.