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how do you get goldendoodles to like the water? we have a camp on the lake he acts like he  wants to get in but doesn't dare to,we made him a ramp  to walk in the water so he could do it a little bit at a time.but he's afraid. Any ideas?

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Comment by Toni G on July 21, 2011 at 1:52pm

Hi, my Bonnie went swimming last summer for the first time. Tried and tried until she found a toy floating and went in up to her waist.  Ummmm.  I'll throw it a few times and then out over her head.

Wow.. Off she went, got over her head and looked at me as if you say Oh Great, now what.  Poor girl swam as fast as her lil paws could paddle.  By the end of the day she was in the middle of the pond just having herself a great time.  Each time after that, when we got close to the water she'd bee line it to swim. 


Comment by sharon banks on July 20, 2011 at 12:30pm
Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on July 20, 2011 at 12:23pm

Ginger got her first taste of water today.  I've mentioned her best friend, a terrier named Maggie.  Maggie lives with a swimming pool and loves to swim and chase the water hose output.  Maggie's dad squirts the water around the pool and maggie chases it....lots of fun and really good exercise.  Well, Ginger REALLY wanted to join in, but just stayed on the sidelines.  Finally she got the courage to go in the shallow get a drink, and see what it was all about.  She was fine...even found the step off to the deep end, but shy'd back.

Then, Ginger went over to the deep end side and tried to lean over to get Maggie...whoops...tooo far.  She fell in !!  She was kinda scared and tried to get right back out.  'Course, being the deep end, she couldn't get a foot hold.  I had to grab her and pull her out.    She was OK, but shy'd away from the water the rest of the visit.  We'll have to see if it changes her attitude.

We don't have a pool, but we do have a hot tub.  Yesterday, we were sitting there with our usual glass of wine and Ginger came to see what was up.  She just stood there looking in (its a portable, with steps going up to it...Ginger was on the steps)...but Ginger finally got the nerve to put both her front feet into the water on the first sitting area.  Didn't last long.

Sometimes I have to wonder just how much Retreiver she has in her !!

Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on July 14, 2011 at 7:00pm
I (Pedro) had a birthday party at a doggie's pool and I didn't like it because some lady was holding me in the water and I wanted to play with my humans who were outside and not allowed in the pool. I didn't care about the toys or the other pups, so I didn't have fun. But then Mommy, Daddy and I went on a vacation on a lake (Mommy got me a life jacket, she said it was for peace of mind) and then Daddy got in the lake with me and I got him to throw some floating toys and I fetched them for him to throw over and over again... we had fun! And then this past weekend, I got in the Ocean (without a life jacket) and I liked it A LOT! I'm sure Jake will learn to like it a lot too!
Comment by Connie Kaplan on July 14, 2011 at 2:26pm
If he likes to fetch just keep throwing the ball out a little further.  My dog took right to the water right away, she can be afraid of some stuff and we just keep introducing it repeatedly with a treat and she usually takes to it.

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