The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
Keeta liked to play in shallow water, but would not swim - she felt too insecure and scared about not being able to touch bottom, I guess. I didn't push her, and waited for her confidence to increase, but after two years (she would have been around three by then), I decided to take a more direct approach.
On a river bank with a steep drop off, I went in with her on leash, and gently pulled her in. We swam a couple of seconds, then I swam back to shore and let her touch bottom for a few seconds, then pulled her out to swim, and swam back to the shore and let her touch bottom, and so on. The idea was to show her that the shore will always be there for her to go back to. After about four or five such swim/shore/swim cycles, she caught on, and LOL, she was having a great time, and I barely could get her to come out!
She still prefers to wade and play in shallow water than to swim out to retrieve objects, but she will go in and swim on her own if it is very hot day, or if she spies something out on the water that she wants to go and check out.
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Keeta BH, OB1, TR1, AD
Rottweiler/Hairy Dog mix?? 2004-2015