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Our three year old Golden Retriever will not go out of his depth to swim. He is able to swim and will dive under the water for stones.
We are really anxious that he would swim as he has had a hip replacement for Hip Dysplasia and swimming would be an ideal exercise for him.
Thanks for your email regarding your Golden Retriever. I agree that swimming is a fantastic way for your dog to get some great exercise. Swimming gets a dog to use all of their muscles, without jarring their joints like walking or running can. It’s a gentle form of exercise that still helps to tucker a dog out!
Just yesterday I was speaking to another dog owner, and I asked him if his dog was a fan of swimming. He told me that initially his dog was not all that fond of water. The dog would wade into the water, but would not swim. The Gentleman mentioned to me that to encourage his dog to start swimming, he would jump in with him, and go ahead of the dog. When he was in deeper water, he would call to his dog. At first the dog just whined, but did not move forward. Eventually however, the dog gained the courage to move forward to be nearer his owner. They tried this a number of times, and now he tells me that his dog loves swimming so much that he does not take any kind of encouraging to get in the water – he is the first to jump right in!
So, I recommend that you try something similar. You could try it in stages. Start by moving out a little, then if your dog seems comfortable swimming a short distance, you could increase the depth of the water. I would recommend however that you do not go deep enough so the water is over your head, as dogs have been known to get very excited and swim right over top of their owners. This could be dangerous if you are not a strong swimmer.
I also recommend that you find some sticks to throw into the water for your dog. Some dogs, retrievers in particular, LOVE to play fetch. A stick in the water is just another great way of encouraging your dog, and teaching him that swimming is fun!
You might also like to try taking him to different swimming spots. Your dog might not like swimming in waves, but could love a swim in a slow moving river, or a lake or pond.
I hope this helps Molly. Good luck and please let me know how you progress.
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