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    I'm having a bit of an issue with getting Banjo to swim. She is a pretty strong swimmer. But when I take her to our local swimming hole, I just cannot get her to go in. She will eventually go in if another dog is swimming - but not just any dog either. Not sure what the requirements are there. And today I was amazed when I'd been trying to persuade her to go in - throwing in sticks, gently pulling her on the lead (BIG mistake!), walking in myself and calling her - and she would not even dip her feet in. I was just explaining this to another dog owner when she threw a pebble in the water whilst calling Banjo's name and Banjo just jumped in and started swimming around! Then she started swimming after the ducks for ages. Until eventually she seemed to get too exhausted and looked/sounded like she was about to sink! But she got back ok.

    Then there were the times I took her to the river and she just got in without prompting to play in the strong current.

    So I really have no idea what the problem is here. Most dogs I know just get in the water anywhere when it's hot once they have been swimming a few times.

    Any ideas why she might be so hesitant to get into still water - until she apparently forgets her reservations? Any tips on how to persuade her to get in? It's too hot to take her for walks unless she is wet on days like today, so this is quite important. She also has a real fear of water being poured over her so I cannot just wet her down with a bucket either.

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    Cheezles......that is how I got Lukey in. I gave him one on land and after that in the water.he swims around and gets the floaty things and now he just swims. So just the usual, you go in the water when i ask and you get this yummy thing

    Dogs do love pebbles...Ours are fascinated with pebbles hitting the water
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    Mmmm, soggy cheezels! Thanks for the tip, will give it a go tomorrow.

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    The local swimming hole...does it get deep really quickly, like a sharp drop off into deep water?

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    No, it's like a big pond with a fairly gentle slope. There are some plants in there - I think she got temporarily stuck yesterday, very scary. But once she starts swimming it is hard to make her stop.

    My old dog used to love those sharp drops. Her favourite part of swimming was to jump in the water with a big splash.

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    I'm sorta struggling with Mojo aswell. He cant handle his feet sinking into the sand near the waters edge. It's like he thinks he's just going to keep sinking !!! Kinda funny to watch but it freaks him out. Today is nice and muggy so i'll take him down to the rock pools to see if that makes a diffrence.


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    Ahh ok Beloz, thought it may have been a steep drop off, that can freak some dogs out. It freaked Phi out at first, I have only recently got her into jumping into the pool from the steps and now from the sides. She was absolutely fine at the beach though, even with all the waves.

    Just don't force her in, you could scare her forever. I would go with Newsfie's method, just slowly entice her into the water with yummy treats.

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    LOL speaking of pools.

    Weve thrown our dogs in a few times (Barney hates swimming) just to teach them where the steps are, so if by some freak of nature they fall in (not likely but ya never know) tey know how to get out. Barney especially, as he is too big and heavy topull himself up and out onthe side.

    He doesnt like swimming at all. We used to go to the river in NZ alot and he will swim there, or splash in the water is probably more to the point. Pippis loves water though and will splash in the water bowl...shes not keen on the pool either though - although she seems to like being on the body board in the pool and will roll round on it and everything lol

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    My big boy took a lot of coaxing in the beginning. He learned to swim in our pool, so I could be right there with him. Lots of really short spurts in the water, interspersed with playtime. A big inflatable floaty ball was pretty enticing to him. Oh and he is fascinated with splashing. Not splashing "at" him, but just general splashing in the water.

    Now I have trouble getting him out of the water. At the dog beach, I think he would sink before he would come in on his own. He never wants to leave.

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