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Abe can swim!

Half way through his lesson we decided he was ready to take off the life vest and he took to it like a pro.

Yay for a tired dog today too!

"I'm doing what now?"

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"A little rehydration"

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"Save me boy human"

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"oh god i'm not floating anymore!"

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Taking a little rest

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"I got this mom don't worry"

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Water fountain play time

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Tired Abe!

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Ahh I'd love to take Jubel to a place to learn to swim and hopefully learn to enjoy it but every place I could find online is just so expensive it's not worth it. Looks like Abe had fun though.
 

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I would so love to find a place like this. What do they call these places,doggie gyms? I have one that doesn't care for waves so she doesn't like the lake but loves the pool,I hate the mess she leaves in my filter.
 

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This place is a k9 health and fitness center. They have the big pool, treadmills, hydro therapy tubs ect.

Abe is really enjoying it and it makes me feel much safer being by the lake this summer.
 

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Yeah the only place I know of around me is probably close to an hour away, mostly intended for hydro therapy but is also used to teach dogs to swim, and is pretty expensive to use. Just not worth it but I think it'd be a lot of fun to try if it was closer and cheaper.
 

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When I was teaching Pip to swim, I got a lot of "just throw him in, he'll learn" type comments from various people (not dog people). I DON'T THINK SO.

I didn't even know there were places like this that would give dog swimming lessons, though. We just sorta winged it at the river. Totally would have done something like this if it were available.
 

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About 4 months after I got Jubel they had a dog day at the water park. For $5 you got to go into the park with your dog and they got to play in the wave pool and in some of the kiddie pool areas with the fountains. Jubel had a blast running around with all the other dogs and would wade in the shallow water but didn't want to go in if the water came close to his chest. He mostly enjoyed biting at the water fountaining up in the kiddie pool with only 2-3" of water at his feet. I think the deepest that kiddie pool went was about 6-7", while I was sitting on the edge and Jubel was standing next to me I pulled him down into the 6-7" water and he jumped back out the second his feet hit the bottom. He wasn't too happy with my idea of fun either.

At the wave pool he'd run along the edge at bite at the waves as they rolled in by the end of the day, at the start he ran away when the waves were turned on. He stared in awe at the labs (and a few others but mostly labs) swimming in the deep end of the wave pool and jumping off the side into the water. Wouldn't let me near him at the edge fearing I'd push him in again, 6-7" vs. 10' is not a factor he was thinking about haha.

The next week we headed off to the beach for a week. The beach house we stayed in had a pool and was located on the sound side for those familiar with the Outerbanks (for those who aren't the Outerbanks is a very long north to south and very narrow east to west, about 1-2 miles tops). We visited the sound side and the ocean side a few times and he waded a bit but mostly would bite at the water (drinking too much in the end). Ended up with some diarrhea likely from drinking the ocean and pool water with his 'biting.' I tried so hard to get him in the pool, he enjoyed me splashing at him from in the pool but was NOT going to get in. I tried luring him on to the steps into the pool with no luck. At one point he started running around the pool and he'd cut inside between me and the pool when he passed me, so the next time I gave him a little nudge into the pool when he passed. He wasn't quite in a panic but he was in about 6' of water trying to climb out the edge of the pool, I jumped in after him seconds later and slowly led him to the steps to get out.

He's not a fan of swimming but I think the proper gradual approach to learning and he might enjoy it. Though with his propensity to drink the water there aren't any bodies of water around here I'd want him swimming/drinking in. He does enjoy wading in the creek near my house when it's under 3" but again he'll try and drink it and THAT water I'm sure wouldn't be good for him. I have a little kiddie pool I bought for him that I'll fill up in the summer... it's just a big water bowl to him, never 'played' in/with it and runs away from the hose and tries to hide.
 

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Yea Pip didn't like to swim, now he loves it. I just kept throwing a stick further and further out in the water to entice him. Still, he wouldn't venture far enough out for his feet to leave the bottom until one day another dog went after his stick. So "NOOOO THAT DOG IS GOING TO GET MY STICK" was the incentive he needed to take the plunge, I guess. :p Now he loves to swim.

Still would have done lessons if I could have, though. Took us almost two summers to get to that point.
 

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Yeah Abe was the same and I thought he was just a chicken.

One summer he got out of a boat into the water and sank. Turns out he just couldn't figure out how to coordinate his legs to swim.
 
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