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    I own a fantastic 15 week old pup that can flat arse mark...on land!!!
    Her breeder introduced her to water at 4 1/2 weeks. Swam like a fish!!! At 9 weeks old I started to slowly reintroduce her to the water. Instant puppy paddling. Several times I’ve tried to get her back to leveling out and swim properly. She’d level out once she had a bumper in her mouth. Other than that. Head straight up, butt down, and puppy paddle.
    Today my wife suggested putting her in a small doggie life jacket to see if she’d use her back legs and level out.
    I took her into the pool and slightly lifted on the back of the jacket and she swam nicely to my wife several times.
    When she swims towards me she puppy paddles.

    ANY THOUGHTS?!?!?!
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    A flat buckle collar with a piece of one of those swimming noodles slid over it..clip the collar around her waist with the noodle part up on her hips.
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    Slide a 2.5 diving weight on her collar
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    The noodle was gonna be my next option.

    Ted,
    Sylvia told me to try the diver weight. They’re just so hard to get around here. It was gonna be my last option.
    My girl is such a nice pup. I hope this all works out!!!
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    Tried the noodle and it worked a couple of times, then back to paddling when she got excited. When she calms down and smooths out, she swims like an otter.

    I think my noodle might have been too small. It wasn’t much larger than pipe insulation. Wasn’t very buoyant.

    Note: The diver weight idea kindof scares me
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    So I ve been though this s couple of times.
    Can’t find the video to offer
    Anyway the 15 week old part has some concern on endurance
    We ve taught 2 how to swim without the splash. We tried the noodles with minor success
    Anyway give this some consideration
    Use a canoe with a bumper on a rope 5 ‘ behind the canoe. Just paddle out on pups reach. They ll learn quick. Once they level out and you have some success then flip another bumper out. Don’t do too much in this heat and hot water

    Good luck
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    Oh hell!!!
    I miss read Ted’s post. I thought he suggested 25lbs. I may try the 2.5lbs. Not so scary-LOL.
    I’ve never had a pup puppy paddle for more than 5 minutes. I’ve also not had any as excitable as her when it comes to water. She loves it!!!
    We are only as good as those that surround us.

    Birthplace to:
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    Gettin' Jiggy Widdit-MH
    Dancin' Dreamer Kate-MH (dam to FC-"FINN", several QAAs, 2-MNHs)

    RIP My girls Jiggy, and sweet mamas Dancy and Tip. We love and miss you all!!!

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    She's a pup, I bet she will swim fine soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by K Rocha View Post
    She's a pup, I bet she will swim fine soon
    Provably - but I did see a very well bred 12 month old pup have issues in a test this weekend.. just couldn't level out - until he had a duck in his mouth.... he passed senior, so it obviously wasn't a big deal.. but a long swim might really tire a pup or mature dog out a lot quicker...
    The way I look at it, every dog is an opportunity to be a better trainer, and every day is a new day to be a better trainer to the same dog we trained yesterday.

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