Just sitting here thinking of past things we have done to encourage good water entry. If a young dog has strong momentum on land use it to your advantage. Long straight land away from the water and very short big white bumpers thrown in the water, timing is important, thrower should be well schooled, just as dog is driving hard towards water toss another that dog can see . We do this with say 6 month old up pups. Not long swims! Just long land entry. Swims might be only 20 feet, drive on land might be 20 to 100 yards. Dog must have strong momentum on land for it to help.
Builds great confidence later on with much longer swims with a long entry. We have used birds and shot flyers with older
FF pups too using the above format
Seems so simple, but I'm bound to forget it... Copied and pasted for my Someday puppy.
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