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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-05-2012, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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GSD Water Dogs?

We have a new 12 week old GSD fem "Ziva" that we got a week ago. We also have a 7 month old Lab fem "Abby". They get along great, love to tussle but Abby of course is nuts about the pool but Ziva, not so much. I've seen GSD's in pools and lakes, not sure wether it's a natural thing or learned behavior and would like some advice on that subject.

Also, Ziva has been in the pool but only with me holding her like you would a baby. She doesn't seem afraid of the water but also doesn't want to hang around and gets out quickly. I'd like to know others experience with their GS in water.

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-05-2012, 10:34 PM
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Effie loves the water. We have a small, shallow pond on the farm and she has been down to the local creek. She has only been places that she could walk into and splash around. Can Ziva walk in the pool or is it just a place to jump in and swim? Maybe she would like a small kiddie pool until she gets used to it.

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My golden retriever took to the water on his own the first time I took him to the beach...my other dog a samoyed mix, stayed at the edge of the beach watching until we were leaving, then she went in and loved it. The GSD puppy doesn't like streams, creeks, and ignores the ponds, but when you turn the shower on she sounds like a horse trying to get to the water...I figure that they will eventually like it or they won't, but I wouldn't force them. I will try the kiddie pool with the GSD this summer and I think that is the best way to start.

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I think it is as simple as, some dogs like water and some dogs dont. My gsd loves water. My friends gsd hates it.
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Our puppy hates baths, bit loves to play in water other than that When she gets a bath she screams like she is getting murdered.lol

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I think it is as simple as, some dogs like water and some dogs dont. My gsd loves water. My friends gsd hates it.
I agree.
My GSD can take it or leave it ... doesn't love it, doesn't hate it.
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Bear- LOVED the water. He used to swim beside my kayak on short excursions. I always stay close to the shore (I am afraid of deep water) so he could get out if he chose. But, he never wanted to he would swim for MILES! I always made him take a break where he could touch.

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Tober- He is only 8m and has had limited experience around the water. It is still in the 50-60's during the day and the water is cold in Maine. He will swim in the slow moving brook out back. He will go in after a valuable object but does not go for "joy swims" (that is what I call just paddling around for no reason).
I have high hopes thought that this summer when it is hot that he will become a water lover.

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It took me 2 summers to get Frodo to put one paw into his kiddie pool. Last summer I took him to lake for the 1st time and as soon as I opened car door he ran right in, he cant get enough of the lake. He tolerates getting a bath with outside hose. Also took him to beach last fall (1st time) and as soon as waves came up he ran back away from the water. I would definately suggest getting Ziva a kiddie pool and just let her explore, maybe she will learn to like it.

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Effie loves the water. We have a small, shallow pond on the farm and she has been down to the local creek. She has only been places that she could walk into and splash around. Can Ziva walk in the pool or is it just a place to jump in and swim? Maybe she would like a small kiddie pool until she gets used to it.
Our pool has a shallow area about 6" deep that i had designed for our grandkids and she's liking that. When I cradle her in the rest of the pool she seems very content and not afraid which I think is a good sign. My 7 month old Lab Abby can't get enough of the water although she was a little apprehensive at first, she's full-on gonzo over it now.

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All my GSDs have been water dogs.


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