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    I've been following fowl dawgs and recently tried to start swim by but ran into a problem. My dog will go across the pond on the line sent but then once across the pond he will run all the way around back to me. Only way I've been able to correct this is with a check cord to influence him back into the water to swim back to me. I have for now gone back to double T until I have a better plan for swim by. The pond is somewhat small but it is the only pond I've been able to find close enough to be of use, maybe 30'x 50 when it is full.

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    You can try whistle sitting your dog as soon as he picks up a bumper, wait a few moments with him looking at you, whistle or call him to you with a hand motion to come in. If he starts around, whistle sit him again and walk to where you are directly across from him and try again.

    I've only trained one dog, so I hope someone else will give you some advice.
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    Could You maybe try throwing another bumper out into the water .And try not letting him beach.Whistle get his attention before he gets his feet dry and then toss the bumper.Tie a line on it and draw him back into you.This did work for us.Good luck

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    I would try the force to pile on land to the water. Line bumpers to the pile and send on line to each bumper until pile is reached. Do it on a calm day so bumpers stay at specific spots in the water.

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    The problem is, you're Not using the check cord.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Breck View Post
    The problem is, you're Not using the check cord.
    Exactly. My dogs stay on the cord for several sessions of SB until I see they are thinking of coming back on thier own.

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    The long rope will prevent this behavior from ever becoming a problem.

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    Sounds good, was hoping to find another alternative to him swimming with the check cord. He's not shy of the water at all just didn't seem like the best idea of leaving the rope in the water for him to get caught up in, and yes I am using a floating cord. Thanks.

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    You must "handle" the rope during swimby. You will not leave the rope just lying haphazard in the water but rather keep rope semi taught 100% while working dog, letting out slack as dog goes and reeling in slack as dog returns leaving nothing for dog to get caught up in. OK?
    Wear gloves and keep whistle in mouth.
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