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Anyone's little guys swim?

And how did you successfully introduce them to the water?

Elvis is still only 17 weeks but very curious when our girls are in the pool. If he would enjoy it I'd love to have a swimmer....

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Kodi CAn swim, but doesn't really like it. We made sure he could swim and find the steps to get out of the pool to make him more "pool safe".

We started by holding him in chest-deep water, letting him start dog paddling, and then calling him back and forth between DH and me. We started with very short distances (where one of us could reach him at all times) and built to the point that he could swim the width of our round pool.

He LOVES paddling around in shallow water at the beach, but is much happier when his feet can touch the bottom.

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Like Kodi,our Dizzie can swim, but prefers to have his little paws firmly on the ground whilst paddling in the shallows at the beach, both he and Nellie love dashing in and out of the surf,and playing in the rock pools on hot days.

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We live in NYC so we don't have easy access to a swimming pool. However, Chewy is turning one next week so for his birthday we decided we are going to take him to a dog aquatic center downtown we have heard good things about. The facility is prodominently used as a rehabilitation center but they have a "free swim" for a half hour a couple times a week. I will let you know how it goes. I will also try to take a video. John's mom has a pool in her backyard so we want to make sure Chewy can swim before we visit later this summer...of course we would never leave him unattended but better safe then sorry!
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Our newest addition, Nike (Starborn's Just Do It (a Posh/Blanchi girl now 5 months old), absolutely loves the water. Pam walked her down to the lake when she was something like 11 weeks old, and let her go down the steps next to the dock to smell the water while she was on a leash with a harness. She not only smelled it. She leaped in, and swam around obviously enjoying it. Nike will go in any time we let her.

I can't spray anything on the dog porch with the water hose if she is out there, because she will run to play with the spray, and get soaking wet.

Empty water bottles always make the best toys. Yesterday, while I was gone and Pam was on the computer, she heard Nike playing with a water bottle in the living room. It didn't sound like anything unusual, but when she later went into the living room, Pam found a pool of water with Nike playing in it. She had dug a full one out of the case in the kitchen.
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we all love the beach, Molly more than my wife, and that's saying something. She has a hard time with all that fur though.
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I think that almost all dogs can swim; however, some love it, others like it, some other don't enjoy it, others have fear from it...etc

My two little guys are crazy about swimming. The male started the craze, the female followed his paw steps.

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Cooper didn't like the water when he was a puppy, but now he loves the beach. We don't have a pool, but he will just trot into the lake. When we were in Cape Cod last summer, he ran into the ocean and we had trouble getting him out of the water. Next weekend we are camping at the beach so we will see if Tessa likes swimming. I will be surprised if she does. She doesn't like to go outside when the grass is wet because her tummy and paws get wet.

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Rosie can swim, but hates it. I had an Alsatian that refused to swim in the pool but would swim in the lake. I think it is the clear water and depth perception. I am never going to let Rosie near the lake though. I don't have the patience that some of you do about getting the dirt and sand out of her coat.
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I have a big soaking tub, I wonder if I should try having Gracie paddle around in there. I don't have access to a pool she'd be allowed in, or a lake or anything like that. Though it might be fun to take a beach trip later this summer.

How do you guys keep them from drinking the water? Or is that not a problem?
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