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    Default Is it too early to throw my pup in the water?

    My chocolate lab is 6 weeks old and I'm considering introducing it to water this weekend. I will be using my cousins pool. Is it too early or too cold? I live in Louisiana FWIW.

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    Please don't throw your pup in the water.

    Here you go, you want to do it gentle:

    Last edited by mitty; 01-04-2013 at 05:56 PM.
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    Don't let the calendar or the internet be your guide. What is the temperature?

    My suggestions:

    1) don't use a swimming pool for initial water intro for a retriever at any age - sudden dropoffs that go from standing to swimming with no transition

    2) Don't introduce a baby puppy to water unless you can wade in the water yourself with bare legs and feel totall comfortable with the temperature. You have many years of a retriever's life to have a good water attitude. You only get one chance for an initial water intro. You want it to be pleasant, non-shocking, and nothing but pure fun for pup.

    3) Choose a gradual sloping, firm bottom with calm water - no waves or strong winds. Let puppy gradually play in and get comfortable with the water. Do NOT expect puppy to swim on the first, or the 5th or the 10th visit to water. It happens when it happens.

    4) Do not beg or force puppy to swim. Instead let puppy see you or other dogs playing in the water, and maybe do some short retrieves with a ball, toy or puppy bumper. Gradually extend these out til puppy has to wade in just deep enough that he's swimming.

    Good luck. Don't push it. Don't expect too much too soon.

    My read on your initial post is that you are likely expecting too much too soon. In my opinion, 6 weeks is too early for most puppies to be separated from their mom and their littermates. 6 weeks is NOT too early to introduce a litter with their momma to water, in the right setting with the right temps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitty View Post
    Please don't throw your pup in the water.

    Here you go, you want to do it gentle:

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    No pool. Go to pond like video. Test water temp over 65 you're OK.
    Do what he does in video and find some of his other puppy videos to follow.
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    Also 6 weeks is too young. Wait a few more weeks.
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    Six weeks is even a little young to be bringing him home. Let the puppy grow up some. Pls don't do this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Nutt View Post
    Six weeks is even a little young to be bringing him home. Let the puppy grow up some. Pls don't do this.

    This was my thought also.. A bit early to be home, nevermind in a pool.

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    I am in Louisiana also, and if you're in the Baton Rouge area, I would be happy to show you some great places to intro a puppy to water.

    HOWEVER, as has been said, take your time. Let your puppy grow some and have fun on land. Generally, in the Baton Rouge area, we wait until late March or even April to introduce puppies to water. There is no rush.

    The water temps around here are in the low 50's right now. We've had several "cold" (32 degrees) nights lately and the water doesn't warm much during the day.

    Let it warm up.

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    Flat out NO, read all of above and heed good advice.
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    As already stated Way to Young.Please wait!

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    I am a big supporter of 49 days before taking a pup home. However, my current dog was brought home on the 44th day only because i had a 4 day weekend to devote to the pups transition vs 49th being a Tuesday in the mid of a work week.
    X2 on water temp, needs to be warm...it will be more welcoming, especially if the outside temp is warm too.
    X2 on not rushing water intro. I don't believe there is any right time (ex. XX weeks get in water) but i did start taking mine weekly to the lake at 12-20 wks during the summer to wade out a few ft and get comfortable.
    Take your time and enjoy the new pup!
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