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i am getting a standard poodle and there is a local swimming pool for dog nearby

I know walking is limited with age, but does anyone know the rules on swimming? I'd love to give the puppy some new experiences and excersize where possible?

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We have our own pool, but we only have seasonal use (after all it is snowing here right now). I think it is very cool that you live somewhere that there is a pool for dogs. I don't know of any hard and fast rules about swimming, but I will say that swimming is much more intense exercise than walking. In the early summer when we first let the dogs use the pool I limit their amount of time pretty tightly. Lily would swim to retrieve until she was tired enough to sink like a stone if allowed. Often they groan in their sleep after their first couple of swims. For both Lily and Peeves they were about 8 or nine months old when they had their first swimming experiences since they were fall/winter puppies. Javelin came home to us in July. We started to let him try swimming in August. He didn't love it at first. It really took until this year for him to start to act like he liked it. Although Lily now loves water retrieves, she was not confident early on. BF spent lots of time in the pool with her floating on his forearms and him walking her around. Bit by bit he took his support away once she started paddling. Her big concern (and Javelin's too) has been mostly about having their faces under water.

I would take it very slowly and always supervise closely, especially if larger or numerous other dogs are present.
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We have our own pool, but we only have seasonal use (after all it is snowing here right now). I think it is very cool that you live somewhere that there is a pool for dogs. I don't know of any hard and fast rules about swimming, but I will say that swimming is much more intense exercise than walking. In the early summer when we first let the dogs use the pool I limit their amount of time pretty tightly. Lily would swim to retrieve until she was tired enough to sink like a stone if allowed. Often they groan in their sleep after their first couple of swims. For both Lily and Peeves they were about 8 or nine months old when they had their first swimming experiences since they were fall/winter puppies. Javelin came home to us in July. We started to let him try swimming in August. He didn't love it at first. It really took until this year for him to start to act like he liked it. Although Lily now loves water retrieves, she was not confident early on. BF spent lots of time in the pool with her floating on his forearms and him walking her around. Bit by bit he took his support away once she started paddling. Her big concern (and Javelin's too) has been mostly about having their faces under water.

I would take it very slowly and always supervise closely, especially if larger or numerous other dogs are present.

Thankyou for replying. The pool has a slope into it and puppy would have a life jacket. It would be for ten min as a socialisation/ experience for the puppy. Splashing about and getting used to having his feet wet. Then letting him have a few min paddle if he is brave. There is a staff member there but otherwise you get the pool to yourself.

The breeder has done a fantastic job with experiences for the puppy and i'd like to continue her hard work. Any other suggestions for socialisation is very welcome!!
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Wow that sounds like a really cool pool situation. I would go for it. Just be sure to let your pup tell you when enough is enough.
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Swimming is excellent exercise for puppies, and the plan you have for time limits and a life jacket is perfect. Have fun!
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I think DD was around 6 months when I introduced her to the pool. She wears a life jacket, and I started by just holding her in the water, and then supporting her while she paddled. Eventually I let her go completely so she could paddle on her own. She doesn't particularly love it, but at least she knows what to do. She also knows how to get out of the pool on her own. I have never had her swim more than one lap without stopping to rest. She mostly likes to run along the edge of the pool while I swim. Twice she has slipped and fallen in, and she automatically started paddling toward me. So I was glad I had already introduced her to swimming, so she didn't panic when she fell in.
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We did as vegas has done in terms of teaching the dogs where to get out of the pool so that if they fall in they can help themselves. This is really important. We do have a fence to keep them off the pool deck though too.
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We are getting a pool installed as we speak. I do not want Zoe in the pool. I feel like every time the kids are swimming she'll want to be in there. Will have to see how it goes
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We are getting a pool installed as we speak. I do not want Zoe in the pool. I feel like every time the kids are swimming she'll want to be in there. Will have to see how it goes
It might be a good idea to at least teach her how to get out in case she ever ends up in there. My aunt's Cairn terrier fell in her pool and drowned :(
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It might be a good idea to at least teach her how to get out in case she ever ends up in there. My aunt's Cairn terrier fell in her pool and drowned :(


Our pool will have an auto cover and only opened when we are swimming. I never allow Zoe out in yard without me.
Ill decide over the summer.
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