(Closed) Puppy Pool Question

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 5
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Hmmm I’m not sure how this would work.  Labs are good swimmers, but dogs aren’t built to carry weight when swimming.  So “rescuing” someone could result in him drowning.  I could maybe see a dog life vest with some sort of tow rope in the back, that he could pull someone behind him.  But eventhat could be enough to tire him out and cause him to drown.  The other thing I would worry about it him getting nervous/neurotic whenever some one is in the pool.  My friend has a dog who has that “rescue” instinct whenever she swims, and it will not stop trying to get her out.  If you hold thedog on the side of thepool she cries and whines until ” mom” gets out of the water.

The resting on you is normal if he is tired, it takes a lot of work for a dog to swim.   Even labs aren’t built to swim for long stretches.  They are designed for short swim, break, short swim, break.  

Rather then try to make the pool a game, I would focus on land training, fetch, agility, brain teasers etc, and make a quick dip in the pool the reward for these games.

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