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    I used to occasionally throw the JRT I used to walk into the water if she had rolled into something smelly or was exceptionally muddy. She was a few years old and hated swimming and there was no way I was going to be able to change that (the dog had some issues, I had to choose my battles). But I also wasn't going to let her in the car in her smelly state. I would describe her reaction as "indignant". Not aggressive or fearful and she would go in for a paddle (always only getting her feet wet) afterwards without any problem.

    But I wouldn't do it if I was hoping for the dog to develop a love of swimming. I have been tempted to push my dog into the water on a hot day, but have been able to control myself. She occasionally swims but then the next time we go to the pond, she'll barely want to dip her toes in. And I definitely wouldn't throw a pup in from such a great height.

    It used to be how people taught their kids to swim: just throw them in the deep end! I know a couple of older people who learnt to swim like that. They never forget the experience though.

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    I honestly think that what you done to what this other fella had done.
    Your's wasn't done in anger like this post is sort of saying, wellit is to me.
    You done what i think quite a lot of us have done.
    So don't put yourself in the same book as this last half wit who did throw his dog on purpose and for all the wrong reeasons.

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    After being to forceful with my last dog who went on to fear the water, i'm am being very slow and patient with Mojo. He gets in up to his guts after a while but hasnt actually swam yet. Its somthing i'm working hard on as we go to beach often and i want him to enjoy it as much as we do. I saw this flick last night and thought it was really cool. I might try this over xmas while i'm at the oldies in thier pool. My daughters jacket should fit him.


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    Yep I am with you on all of that. If I would not like it being done to me, then expect the dog not to.

    I have seen do0gs thrash about to swim, but never to have to start all over again each time!

    Given that his partner was agreeing with me, she may well reinforce the lesson

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    The first time we took Harley to a creek he was dragging me in trying to get into the water, lol! I would never throw them in though. If they won't walk in I would carry them (well Bella cause she is little) but they both love the water anyway! To throw a puppy in us only making it fearful of water. The guy sounds like a wanker, least his partner seen some sense.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    I have just thought of out little Westie Cross.
    Now if there ever was a smart dog this one was too smart for her own good, but that is another story.
    Weel this little girl hated water in most forms. There was nothing we could do to get her to go into the half clam to cool down.
    But take her to the river and we had to have eagle eyes on us as she was in it in a flash.
    For some reason the river was her spot and we had to drag her out a number of times, as she was so tired but she would not stop going in for a swim.
    It was so weird that she was like that when it came to water.

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    OH was pushing our dog into the water when he was a puppy. I wasn't there (lucky him) but I was told that he had a hard time to get him out again. Serves him bloody right! No fear of water now whatsoever - actually he is pretty obsessed by it and a day without a swim is a lost day

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    I would have also had something to say....you can destroy a puppies confidence when they are thrown in and even ruin a dog who's breed is made to swim. we get this with some of the newfie Rescues, when you get the stupid previous owner tell you "it won't even swim, even though we threw it in"

    This is how our newfie pups learn to swim...........We always have an older newf, who seems t take on the responsibility. Just like any human could do........gently

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    I just chucked both my dogs in the pool the other day.

    Well actually the OH did coz Barney is too big for me to pick up

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    I would have also had something to say....you can destroy a puppies confidence when they are thrown in and even ruin a dog who's breed is made to swim. we get this with some of the newfie Rescues, when you get the stupid previous owner tell you "it won't even swim, even though we threw it in"

    This is how our newfie pups learn to swim...........We always have an older newf, who seems t take on the responsibility. Just like any human could do........gently
    OK you have it sorted. I love that. From what I read you have had NFLs that have been afraid of water. That is sick. Generations of breeding to then sell to an owner that ruins the one thing that is the basis of that dog's life. I always question the breeding, because bad things (heart, hips) are ignored. But to then deny the dog its "basic instinct" for whatever life it has is sick.

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