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Or...you can trade your dog in on a Lab, and then try to keep him out of the water.

LOL! Or any retriever breed.. my choice!

next dog I am getting must be part fish and part retriever! I just love playing fetch with a dog or taking them swimming! Plus, living with water near by eliminates the wet car ride home!
My heelers love, love, love the water, especially swimming/diving to fetch their favorite balls and frisbees. A silly swimming story: I was out of good tennis balls on my way to the park last week, so made a quick stop to the convenient store and picked up a 4-pack of the crappy doggy-tennis balls for 99cents. Get to the river, the dogs are in full-on Amanda Beard mode..swimming their little hearts out for that darn ball, racing each other for the "kill".

So I throw another one out about 25 yards..it lands right in front of the 3 dogs. They spot it and are all zooming in..and then..it's gone. Totally gone, the darn cheap ball sank like a brick! My poor Five..he's diving under and swimming circles - where oh where could my tennis ball be? Hahaha..I couldn't get that silly boy back to the shore to leave his precious sunken treasure. Had to wade out and lure him in with some tasty treats. You've just got to love (and hate) the focus of the australian cattle dog ; )
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Or...you can trade your dog in on a Lab, and then try to keep him out of the water. Yeah, go ahead. I dare you.

Master Hamish has been here for five days.
He waded into the lake a few days ago and splashed around, occasionally swimming. Today, though, he fell off the dock...
...and swam back to shore, and then swam out, and then swam back...

I don't think we have a water attitude problem with this one.

Kate
and Storm and Hamish the FCRs
What's the best way to get a dog to enjoy ... it (not just ok with it). Thanks for any advice!

Get in yourself. When our BC, Scully, was a puppy she learned to enjoy swimming by following the kids into ... looks like a tugboat steering a freighter to dock. Or like some sort of pilot fish escorting an orca. Kathleen

wow, that sounds like fun! I can't wait for Maui to get a doggie sibling (in a year or so). He loves playing with other dogs! Plus, it will be great to see some fun interactions like you describe above.
...and swam back to shore, and then swam out, and then swam back... I don't think we have a water attitude problem with this one.

LOL. I remember taking Franklin @ ~14 weeks, to visit his brother, who lives on a river. I threw a stick, he swam out to get it, repeat, repeat, repeat. His brother stood on the shoreline. Didn't go into the river until the forced him to @ 9 months.
I had F in the baby pool from his first day home, but not the same as real swimming. I wasn't the least bit surprised by his total confidence that first time though!

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...and swam back to shore, and then swam out, and then swam back... I don't think we have a water attitude problem with this one.

Sounds like a keeper, Kate!

Handsome Jack Morrison
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You can't make this stuff up:
http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=19000
I don't think we have a water attitude problem with this one.

Sounds like a keeper, Kate!

I'm hoping so! (He jumped off my kayak today and splashed around...)

Puppy adorableness below:
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Kate
and Storm and Hamish the FCRs
http://www.flickr.com/photos/arfenarf/sets/704992 /

Very cute! I love the bondage shot.
What kind of kayak is that? Do you like it? Is it one of those very lightweight ones? I'm thinking of buying a kayak and would like one that I could pretty easily handle on my own, yet still potentially fit a pup.

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Rosalie the calico
Sounds like a keeper, Kate!

I'm hoping so! (He jumped off my kayak today and splashed around...) Puppy adorableness below: /

Great photos, Kate!
And what a great way to start little Hamish off!

Handsome Jack Morrison
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