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    I think if the pup does not learn to swim properly, there is a risk that she will never swim properly. I would address the issue now
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    I’ve been at it for a while. It’s almost as though she can’t control her excitement. Like I said earlier, she swam like a little otter when she was with her litter. She loves water. Can’t hardly get her out!!! Everything she does is FAST!
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    My buddy had a pup like this and was told to go to a steam or river with a slight current and toss the bumper so the pup has to swim upstream. They learn to plane out and be more efficient in a big hurry. Worked for him. Good luck.

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    Had a very nicely bred pup that puppy splashed and tried everything (weights, flotation, etc.). Sold her at about 15 months because she still puppy splashed. I’d try to fix it ASAP.

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    I really don’t think I can fix her. Not sure what or when it happened. She swam just fine from 4-7 week old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Maddox View Post
    I’ve been at it for a while. It’s almost as though she can’t control her excitement. Like I said earlier, she swam like a little otter when she was with her litter. She loves water. Can’t hardly get her out!!! Everything she does is FAST!
    The reason she does it TO YOU is she is trying to RUN to you but it is on water. I had a dog like that and he would revert to splashing with an exciting water mark even in the derby. I have seen it in one running the Open now in spurts with an exciting bird. That is not about being able to swim but to not run on water. The dogs are usually powerful dogs.
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    Seems that way to me also - pup in an absolute panic to get where they're going. Just trying too hard.

    Might make sense to do a number of small retrieves in water so they can calm down and focus... know they're going to get there soon enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Maddox View Post
    I really don’t think I can fix her. Not sure what or when it happened. She swam just fine from 4-7 week old.
    Relax (some) Most puppies do this and figure it out in short order.
    In the meantime order the dive weight that straps under the collar.
    It's quite possible she may have it figured out by time the weight arrives

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    Mine had same issue for a little while . took the advice of a few on here took her to water as much as possible to swim with no excitement for a week maybe 2. then started back with short marks for a few days . with in a few weeks she was back to swimming like a champ..
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    And I bet you want your pup to be an FC at 6 months.. Your pup is only 15 weeks old!!! Relax and just let the pup swim, they will figure it out.

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