Hi from Tucker and his mom,Regina. Tucker is a 6 month black lab.we have been introducing him to the water,which he like just fine as long as he can stand on all 4 legs. Aiming his not his favorite. Any suggestion on how to help him enjoy swimming? Please and thank you
go about 30 feet out from shore, throw dog in, boat back to shore. repeat as needed
It's been my experience if the pups get spooked in the water, falling in, thrown in or can't touch, or they panic, they'll stay away. To get my dogs comfortable swimming we always started young first in their splash pools at home, then the beach where they could walk in after their toys . Also in a pool I'd go in with them like kids giving swim lessons when they tired , let them know where the steps are so they build their confidence. Make it fun time.
Don't even consider the ridiculous advise given from Fan of the Fanboys! Do not even consider throwing your dog in the water. That would spook him! You don't want to tramatize the dog.
The first few times we took our lab to the beach at around 6-8 months she was pretty scared of the water. We took her to a friend's house and threw some tennis balls in a pool, she watched another older lab jump in and retrieve them and within minutes she was jumping in on her own all by herself. She immediately got used to swimming and loved it. The next time we took her to the beach she charged the waves! Since then she has been a water pup all the way !