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11-13-2012 04:59 PM
Originally Posted by Nikitta View Post
Where do you guys get these german shepherds that love the water? I'm on my 6th and 7th GSD and I haven't owned one yet that liked water.
Mine hates the water, absolutely terrified of it! At least I don't have to worry about him going in our pond. Although when it is frozen I am more than a little paranoid about the dogs deciding to walk out onto it.
11-13-2012 02:27 PM
huntergreen i am sure most, if not all of you know more than i do, but i think letting a gsd swim in freezing water is a mistake. no doubt in my mind at the very least it may cause some stiffness in their joints in later years.
11-13-2012 12:59 PM
kiya I don't let my dogs swim when it's really icy cold, mainly because they will stay wet for longer than I like. I try to avoid vet bills.
11-13-2012 12:21 PM
wolfy dog In the past my Malinois swam in a pond and broke the thin layer as if she was an icebreaker. Never had any ill effect but it blows my mind how they can stand that cold water on their tummies.
I won't keep WD out of the water. I assume that when he goes in he can handle it. I do play fetch with him afterwards but that is probably more for my own peace of mind than for him.
To nikkitta: all my dogs have been swimmers but they were introduced to water as soon as I got them as puppies. They didn't actually swim until they were about 6 months old, except for WD who swam as an 11 week old after jumping off the dock after another dog. To my surprise he never got scared.
How did you introduce them to water and at what age?
11-13-2012 10:38 AM
breyer08 I'm glad you asked this question, because I've been wondering the same thing! We took Ava on a new hiking trail this weekend, and the trail crossed a really nice river. Well, being the water dog that she is, she JUMPED into the river at full speed and proceeded to chase the floating leaves around. I was concerned that the cold water might make her get sick, but we walked her around afterwards and dried her off when we got home, and she was totally fine! I do like the idea of keeping some towels in the car, though. Think I'll do that when I get home today...
11-13-2012 10:30 AM
Kyleigh LMAO ... there's nothing wrong with being a concerned parent! I freeze my butt off in +5 degrees, so I absolutely shudder when I see Kyleigh running through freezing cold water.

I think if we use some common sense - don't be TOO far from home (or a warm car!), keep some towels handy to help dry them off a bit, and keep them moving.
11-13-2012 10:24 AM
Anthony8858 OK, I have to confess...

The reason I started this thread, is because I took Kira for her usual run on the beach.
We were playing fetch on the sand, and she decided to dart towards the water, and just jumped in. she was running in and out like a kid in a candy store

To be honest, I got a little nervous, and took her home, and put her near the fireplace..LOL

OK, I'm a concerned parent, but I had to ask.
11-13-2012 10:09 AM
Nikitta Where do you guys get these german shepherds that love the water? I'm on my 6th and 7th GSD and I haven't owned one yet that liked water.
11-13-2012 10:05 AM
Caledon Dakota has gone in the lake on a warmer winter's day. Never had a problem. I ususally have to prevent her from jumping in. She loves the water, and cold water and cold air do not stop her.
11-13-2012 09:36 AM
Lilie Both Hondo (GSD) and Lonestar (Lacy) love the water. However, when Hondo swims he tends to gulp water. Lonestar doesn't. I would be more inclined to allow Lonestar in icy water before I'd allow Hondo, because of this.
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