Do Border collies like to swim?
Posted 19 May 2012 - 12:53 PM
Posted 19 May 2012 - 01:12 PM
My 3 y/o LOVES water, LOVES swimming. My 7 y/o will go in after a ball/frisbee or if he's really hot but he goes in because there's a purpose, not because he really likes it.
I'd just ignore the dislike. Take her along, encourage her, but don't force her - if she doesn't want to go, no big deal but if she likes toys you can play with those along the edge of the water and she may forget about her trepidation in her excitement to play!
Posted 19 May 2012 - 01:14 PM
I had a Doberman bitch that loved water. She would fling herself into 8 ft. swells at the dog park on the SF Bay. Hot day, freezing day, no difference to her. Doberman's are supposed to "hate" swimming. Not Blaise. She had so little body fat that the only thing above the water line was most of her head.
Posted 19 May 2012 - 01:18 PM
They all will if they have to but it isn't something they choose - but most of them do love water, as in lying down in it, playing and running about. Only my terrier prefers not to get wet.
Posted 19 May 2012 - 01:26 PM
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 01:52 PM
Posted 19 May 2012 - 02:01 PM
Now my baby BC, at 17 weeks, hates anything to do with water. She hates her bath, even in warm water.. Today it is very hot, I brought her down to the lake, she wants no part of swimming.. Just wondering in general if swimming is a personal preference among dogs or if some breeds, like Border Collies, do not like to swim?? thanks.
It's more the individual dog than the breed, I would say.
All of my Border Collies love to swim. They don't like to get a shower, but they love swimming and playing in the water.
My Border Collie Lab mix girl hated swimming. She liked to get in the water when it was hot, but she did not like for her feet to be off the bottom. One time we were at the creek and we were all in the water together and I thought she was swimming across. When she got closer I saw that she was paddling with her front feet while she walked across with her back feet!
Now Labs are supposed to LOVE swimming. She's the only one of my dogs with a drop of Lab in her. She hated swimming.
If you want to encourage your puppy to enjoy water, you can introduce it to her more slowly. Put a couple of inches of water in a kiddie pool and throw toys in for her to get out. As she starts to enjoy the game, you can gradually add more water. Once she enjoys the game in a full kiddie pool, you can play the same game at the edge of a creek or lake - always tossing the toy close enough to the edge to keep her comfortable.
Eventually she may choose to get in more, and even swim. All of mine started out hesitant about water, and all eventually enjoyed being in water, and all four that I have now love to swim.
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 02:40 PM
Above advice IMO is good...don't push swimming too enthusiastically. Play around shore on hot days, and you may be pleasantly surprised. -- TEC
Posted 19 May 2012 - 02:46 PM
Posted 19 May 2012 - 02:48 PM
I agree that swimming appears to be a personal preference, but that, in most cases, I think a dog can be trained to enjoy swimming.
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 03:46 PM
Happy..loves water but not a swimmer. she will do anything to get a toy and that includes swimming, but for the most part she just immerses herself in water..any water, mud puddles, troughs, pools, if its water and she can lay down in it, she is there.
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 04:06 PM
Last week we had some really hot weather, pups were HOT HOT HOT so I told them to go swim, the pond was out of my site line, they took off. I get there a few seconds later and there's Faye in the pond going round and round looking a bit panicky, I think she just followed the big dogs in and then freaked out cause she didn't know it was going to be deep. I called her and she realized that she could swim so she made it to the shore. She's not jumping to do it again but I'm sure when it.gets hot again she'll be in again.
It's defiantly an individual dog thing here!
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 04:17 PM
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 05:32 PM
Nan HATES to swims but if I send her to get sheep and she has to swim, she will; otherwise, she won't get her belly wet. My trial dogs have to get sheep in the marsh so they are used to swimming. At the winter trials, on one side there was a long pond/marsh, that if the dogs went that way, the outrun was 50% swimming. It was the best way to send the dog. I sent all of my dogs that way and they did just fine.
I just gave in from playing fetch in the pond area and poor little Reba was appalled that her front paws got wet. Some dogs like to swim while other like to stand and watch. Me, I hate swimming but love to scuba dive.
Posted 19 May 2012 - 05:37 PM
Shoshone was sure that she would die in the water. It just never happened that Buzz got to go near any kind of swimming hole, so I don't know about him.
Took Agent Gibbs to a swimming spot last Sunday. He enjoyed pawing at the ball and making it splash up at him. However, when he went out after a ball and the ground disappeared, he was not pleased. But he made it back to shore, and continued to splash about on the bank.
It really is an individual dog thing.
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 06:11 PM
Posted 19 May 2012 - 06:20 PM
Since we just got our puppy a little while ago, I'm still new to all this and not really qualified to give advice, but this is just what worked for Rikki.
Posted 19 May 2012 - 06:26 PM
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 09:52 PM
That being said, my 1 year old border collie absolutely loves the water. She runs through it, plays in it, and loves to swim in it. When I first got her (at 5 1/2 months) she was very timid about the water and did not enjoy it much at all. With some time and being around other dogs enjoying the water, she came to play in it and, eventually, started swimming. Her first long swim was actually following another border collie after some geese.
My new (as in picked up yesterday) 4 year old border collie was said to not like water. Per his previous owner, he would walk through it or jump in a water trough to cool off but had no inclination to swim. Well, he spent today having a ball playing in the water and swimming. Once again, it progressed throughout the day as he played with other dogs and started following what they were doing. He was so interested in keeping up with the other dogs, playing the games they were playing, and even following the people that he took to swimming quite quickly!
Yet, the 1 year old hates a bath and I'll find out if the 4 year old is against them too on Monday.
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