Hello I recently studded my male Lab and there is a 8 week old puppy from the litter I am interested in. Well it has been over at the mother's owners house. The owner has a pool and I had told her to not let the puppies alone around their swimming pool. Well the other night she said that the puppy fell in the cold pool when they were alone and she finally heard the mother barking at the backdoor so she went out and pulled the puppy out. She said the traumatized screaming puppy ran over to mother and started nursing frantically. She said the puppy has acted normally since then, but obviously she has know idea how it would be around water.
Both parents love water, but I can't imagine anything being more traumatic for a puppy then almost drowning. Do you think this will ruin the puppy for water forever? Is there anyway I can tell?
OMG what the hell is wrong with that woman leaving a puppy outside, unsupervised? Around an open pool?! What a stupid ass!!!!
That being said, in my own experience, my Tucker was forced into the river as a puppy (by my husbands stupid friend). He was terrified of the water for the 1st year of his life. He finally tried it again and was/is fine with it.
I hope there was no real damage for your pup.
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Trust me it bothered me a lot too, which is why I made sure to tell her not leave them outside alone around the pool. Also why I have a seperate fenced off section of my yard.
Does anyone have an answer to my question?
What a stupid woman. I don't let Ernie unsupervised around the pool.
As to can if it could ruin it for water forever I guess only time will tell. I couldn't beleive it when Ernie owners told me they threw him into water at 9 weeks so he would learn to swim.
That boy became water obsessed since so in a way they did him a favour as swimming is the only thing good for his bad joints.
Last edited by kassabella; 01-07-2010 at 05:04 PM.
There's no way of telling in advance BUT there are protocols for helping dogs overcome phobias -- such as fears of loud noises, fears of riding in cars, etc.
For example, look at "The Cautious Canine" on http://www.patriciamcconnell.com/cat...training-books
Last edited by Bob Pr.; 01-07-2010 at 05:11 PM.
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Thank you Bob and Kassabella for the information. On a good note he seems to be healthy and happy.
As to "not vetting", they have been to vet, I am not sure why that was said.
As to "studding", I like my dog a lot so I wanted one of his pups, and the female looked good
As to "leaving them unsupervised" I told her not to leave them alone.
In fairness to the women she did a really good job with them except for this intance. She built a box for them and has had them in her bedroom since they were born.
Last edited by pecos; 01-08-2010 at 09:30 AM.