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    I just went and purchased some new waders so I could start the process of getting my 17 week old lab to start learning to swim! Only problem is that I live in the eastern Washington and it is still cold here. We are still below freezing at night. He has went into the water up to his belly a couple times chasing my other dog who has no problem swimming anytime. She will bust the ice if she has to. He was fine after but he was only in a couple seconds before I made him get out in fear it was to cold. So my question is "I want to start training in the water with my puppy but what temperature is too cold for him to swim since he is still young?"
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    Check the actual water temp. I like 50 degrees F or better. Especially to introduce pups. That usually requires an extended period in water, so make is as pleasant as possible.

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    I feel your pain....our water is still covered with ice...should be breaking up soon.
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    Mike Lardy recommends 70 degrees for pups. You can ruin its water enthusiasm by rushing it.

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    50 is way to COLD.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by dexdoolittle View Post
    50 is way to COLD.....
    Tell that to Howard and the other Alaska trainers. Theirs never nears 70. But if you live where the water temp gets higher than 50, do it. Some folks don't have the option.

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    Except for the 50 degree suggestion, all the suggestions are right on. 50 is way too cold, the ice cold snow melt water we used to fish in, in the mountains in middle of summer, was 51. I'd never think of getting a pup in there to learn...
    Wait til the weather warms up and you have nice warm sunny days to warm the water. Your baby will make up for lost time then.
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    He will go in when he is ready... just dont force it...

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    My rule of thumb is for puppies 60 or better but all fun. No real training. Splashing around in and out of the water is fine. For older transition/advanced dogs 50+ and higher for actual training. When it comes to playing, let them do what they want.

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