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|08-20-2018 10:02 PM|
|Gabica||they are fun pups and adults :-). i would be careful with cold water unless the pup is confident and wants to go in by himself. it can cause a bad experience which will be hard to overcome later. by any chance u have a facility which offers swim with your dog possibility? those usually are great places to start young pups too.|
|08-20-2018 02:14 PM|
Originally Posted by gingerling View Post
We have a pond across the street and a proper dive dock not far away. The water will get cold soon, so I want to get him interested now while I can, although he may not get a proper swim this season. I sit in the pool and put him in with me and pet him for just a bit and play with a toy, then lift him out. Each time he seems to like it a bit better.
They are such fun pups!
|08-19-2018 03:05 PM|
Originally Posted by spiraling View Post
At 8 weeks he's new to the world, so swimming might be a bit too much just yet, maybe next year. You can try to take him in the real water...like a proper lake or pond!....in your arms so he feels safe and gets the hang of it.
|08-19-2018 12:23 PM|
|armgwag||That's a good lookin pup! I wish I could go back to the puppy days to take more pics & videos. It goes by sooo quick!|
|08-18-2018 03:15 PM|
|Gabica||we call the Elvis face lip curl Sassy Mouth, but may borrow the expression from you:-)|
|08-18-2018 11:00 AM|
I truly think its their silly traits that I love best. Others have called it spaz, but I look at it as tons of personality.
The breed known for the Elvis face lip curl.
|08-18-2018 10:16 AM|
|Gabica||I have yet to decide which one is my favorite part of the variety of vizsla traits as i am so much in love with this breed. whether it is the velcroing (new word we created for them), their playfulness, running full speed on the field, pointing birds, or their problem solving skills (Bende at 6 month old during a meet and greet at a daycare ended up opening a wired crate from the outside as it was full of toys and he got bored with our yapping.). Not to mention their beauty.|
|08-18-2018 02:00 AM|
|einspänner||What a handsome little guy! I'm glad to hear things are going well and to see that he's already discovered the most comfortable spot outside(and inside, I'm sure)--I think it's a breed trait.|
|08-17-2018 11:05 PM|
My experience has been that parents being in the pool, splashing water and having fund with toys is a great energizer for the pup to get in. our pool got ready when Bende was almost 5 months old (texas tax day flood has delayed it) and Bende first was nervous around it, wanting me to get out with any method. Costed us a whole new marigold garden he pulled out to get me out of the pool, but i resisted and mom`s boy ended up jumping in from the side to get to me. he became a professional dock diver at 1 year old and competes at nationals, goes into lakes when it is 40 F outside and has a coat on!
Miksa was lucky as he came to a a ready pool. He stepped into the shallow part first and enjoyed it with lots of mom splashing and throwing toys around the shallow area. at some point he stepped out to the part which was deeper for him, first submarined, then came up and started swimming. we practiced every day in the first weekend around 3 rounds of how to get in and out, get toys out and then chew time in my lap on the pool furniture. increased pool time gradually, and by now he goes further in, follows me too, but he does not do a full length pool lap yet.
so my advice is to go slow, keep it playful and positive, see pup`s body language and get them follow u in, just as they follow u on the grass or in the house. once they get a hang of it, they start building their owns stamina and improve at an incredible speed.
|08-17-2018 05:18 PM|
Originally Posted by spiraling View Post
I have two ponds on my property and my 11-month old V didn't take to water right away. About the 5-6 month he got curious and literally started to dip his paws in and the a few days later got the courage to go in. Once he got acclimated to going in he's been a swimmer ever since. It various and just takes time for them to get curious enough, at least from my experience this past spring. They will learn to swim on their own in most instances.
Give it some time and don't force it....let them go at their own speed. If you really are pining for quicker results look locally at training facilities that have swim classes. Mine has it and it's $25/hr. I was just ready to begin classes and then he jumped into the ponds.
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