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Old 11-25-2016, 03:15 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Considering that they were originally bred as water retrievers "Pudel" Standard poodles do not take to the water as quickly as many other breeds. Grace loves water and has been known to run and jump in a foot of water for a mile or two along her beach. This is the most strenuous exercise I have ever seen and would leave her sleeping for an hour or three. It was at least 18 months before she ever swam out of her depth. Take care because with a long coat they can sink if they try to stand in water over their depth. a "life jacket is a good idea for starting. Supervision is essential as with children. If I lived over again I would start a pool for dogs in a small city!
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If you have the space and it's warm now where you live, a kiddie pool is a great way for puppies to get used to water. (it might make the pool less scary) I remember Wispynook kennels posted a video several years ago of them taking their 7 or 8 week puppies to a lake and the puppies went right in. Some swam, most stayed in shallow water. It was their intro to water and they had a blast.
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I got Hendrix at 4 and a half months old and he was started in water within the week. It's important to get them used to it early, or they may never enjoy it. I didn't let him swim until 6 months, and even then I've only recently allowed him to go out more than two or three strides.
It's really up to you and him when you start.
If you can start him in shallow water where he'll only get his paws wet, perfect. After that you could start throwing his toys in so he goes in up to his belly to get him used to the feeling of pushing through water, ect. I don't think there should be an age limit on swimming, but puppies under 9 months should be very carefully supervised and should only do light exercises, water work is very tiring.
Personally, I allow Hendrix around 20 entries into the water at max, and these are all very short swims. This is around the time when he begins to tire, but not long enough that he is getting tired enough to pose any danger to himself.
At first this was only 3 entries, none of which involved more than a single stride, if that. Hendrix had been worked fairly easy and has grown a lot of confidence because of it. My rule was always to never push him, but now that he's gone totally crazy about swimming and never refuses a throw, my rule is: KNOW WHEN TO GO HOME

A young puppy will also need to build up fitness. Hendrix runs with me and swims every second day, but to begin with this was a walk to the river so he could put his feet in, then home again. Everything in moderation. Your pup will tell you when he's ready.
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