This might not be the best group for this question, but I couldn't find a better one...
Anyhow, our toller is a swimming fool. In addition to retrieving, she will just jump in to swim around with us. Sometimes she will swim for no reason at all. (The only thing she won't do is chase ducks; oh well.)

Somebody told me that their dog would actually dive to the bottom of the lake to retrieve. So I thought I would try it with Jessie and some kids diving rings we have. She is game to try, but has two problems:
1) She has trouble seeing the ring, even when she is right over it
2) She is too bouyant and can't really get much below the surface, eventhough she tries.
Anyone successfully get their dog to dive and have any advice. (no, I will not be putting a weight belt on her...)
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This might not be the best group for this question, but I couldn't find a better one... Anyhow, our toller ... get their dog to dive and have any advice. (no, I will not be putting a weight belt on her...)

There should be some good Toller yahoogroups you can subscribe to. If not you can try some retriever groups. The ones with a gigantic number of members are likely more pet chat groups than anything more serious with regards to training. Alot of retriever folks do search and rescue so they've gone through the training steps you're currently thinking about. You'll find YahooGroups at groups.yahoo.com

Tara
Anyone successfully get their dog to dive and have any advice.

My geriatric dog no longer dives deeper than her height because of that bouyancy problem, but in her prime she could do a good 6 ft.. The key to a dive is that they really can't power down to any depth from a surface floating position. They need the momentum of a jump or something to push off of. The sight problem is easily conquered with movement. I used a sinkable Kong with a rope, and kept it moving on the bottom to keep it in her sight. The catfish she used to dive for provided their own movement.
Lynn K.
Anyone successfully get their dog to dive and have any advice.

My geriatric dog no longer dives deeper than her height because of that bouyancy problem, but in her prime she ... bottom to keep it in her sight. The catfish she used to dive for provided their own movement. Lynn K.

So, did she learn to dive in stages, or did she do it all in one big plunge?
Would a brightly colored object help? Would a red kong be more visible then a black one? Interesting to think about.
My geriatric dog no longer dives deeper than her height ... used to dive for provided their own movement. Lynn K.

So, did she learn to dive in stages, or did she do it all in one big plunge? Would a brightly colored object help? Would a red kong be more visible then a black one? Interesting to think about.

Dogs are color blind. Maybe a contrasting object? Something with highly contrasting bold stripes or a bull's-eye?
Katrina
Dogs are color blind. Maybe a contrasting object? Something with highly contrasting bold stripes or a bull's-eye? Katrina

Actually there has been a recent study out that dogs are not color blind. They can
not see red as a color. But most other colors they can see.

Gwen
Dogs are color blind. Maybe a contrasting object? Something with highly contrasting bold stripes or a bull's-eye? Katrina

Actually there has been a recent study out that dogs are not color blind. They can not see red as a color. But most other colors they can see. Gwen

Ooh, neat! Where can I read more about it, or should I just run a Google? Thanks,
Katrina
Ooh, neat! Where can I read more about it, or should I just run a Google? Thanks, Katrina

Katrina
I wish I had saved the link. I didn't. Darn. It also talked about how some breeds, like pugs and other dogs with short muzzles can view TV, while dogs with long muzzles see at a distance better.

It was quite interesting. If I find the link I will post it.

Gwen
Dogs are color blind.

Actually, I read an article somewhere that said that dogs do have the ability to distinguish between some colors.
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