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Old 06-26-2006, 01:13 PM   #1
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How old should your dog be before you introduce him to the idea of swimming?
I have a 10 week old mini daschund. Heck....I dont even know if they can swim.
How do you introduce them to the idea? A beach? A kiddie pool?

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For a very small dog, a kiddie pool would be a great idea. We have one for ours, but at 65 pounds, it's just a fun thing for her to play in. We literally tossed her in a lake (from the shore) the first time she went swimming, and she never looked back. A more controlled environment would be good for a mini pup, so a $10 kiddie pool or even a filled bathtub would be a good start.

As far as age goes, I wouldn't think it would be too big of an issue since swimming is a low impact activity. I would definitely recommend limiting the duration of swims at younger ages and provide close supervision (as if you'd miss your puppy's first few swims!)
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Old 06-26-2006, 02:21 PM   #3
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when i was young i had a kiddie pool and when my sister and i got in...so did abbey! she filled the thing with dog hair...she sheds so much...but now she loves swimming. she was only a small puppy then and now we cant keep her out of it!!!
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Old 06-26-2006, 02:23 PM   #4
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LOL...ok, Im all excited now! As soon as I pick up my youngest from school, we are off to get a kiddie pool!

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haha, kiddie pool! That's a great idea. My dog is big, so it wouldn't quite work for him. Our old dog, Lucky, learned to swim at 8 yrs old. In my hometown, he used to play in the stream a lot, but it never went over his head. Then we moved into the city and I brought him to swim one time... it was the funniest thing ever... he swam out, then tried to put his feet down and when there was nowhere to put his feet, he FREAKED OUT... started splashing water everywhere and stretching his neck so it was way out of water... he looked like a giraffe!! He eventually got used to it and LOVED it

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Jake can't walk past water - he has to be in it - in every puddle, bog, stream, river! Yesterday I threw his water toy out and a lovely swan decided to investigate - It kept hissing at Jake but he wasn't about to leave his toy, so when he got near he dived under and pulled his toy away - resurfacing well away from the swan. I thought OMG he's drowned - lol - hubby said that if Jake was in trouble he sure would be saving him as Jakes a better swimmer than him.

the swan was still fascinated with the bright orange toy and followed us along the path.

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We went and purchased a hard plastic little kiddie pool (not the blow up kind cuz Im sure he'd puncture it in 2 seconds flat) and now I have a very sad and impatient 8 year old. By the time we got home it started to pour rain, so the pool will have to wait. LOL....poor thing is singing the rain rain go away song at the window.

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Lol that is so adorable! I've been wanting to get a kiddie pool to teach Zoe to swim too. I think my mom was ok with it. Her main concern was Zoe puncturing the pool. That's what the hard plastic ones are for But I don't think my sis was for it. Our backyard is big enough and all, but a kiddie pool would take up quite some room, and she lets Bear out there a lot to run about.
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I had considered doing what Taeric did w/ his dog to our Tikaani. One of the off-leash dogparks that we had been taking her to has a shallow creek that runs through it and she watches the other dogs play in it but will just stand on the edge and watch...nothing more. ONE time she dipped her front paws in but immediately pulled them out...I even tried standing in the creek to get her to follow me in but she wouldn't. I know her breed isn't really known for their "swimming abilities" so much but we have warmer weather than they typically care for in the summers and I'd like to see her enjoy swimming.

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All the dacchies I have had have all loved swimming, so I am sure chili will too, innfact Brodie who is now 11years old slipped a disk about four years ago and had to have hydrotherapy and Julie the girl who was in charge of the pool was amazed as to how he could go and for how long she said he swam for longer than most of the big breeds. He got back on his feet after a few months treatment although he now walks with a crab-like gait, but what the heck at least he can walk agan.

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