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post #6 of Old 06-12-2002
bullseye
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Dogs on boats.

my advice is to get the dog used to the water,dont just chuck the dog off the boat or jetty!,let him discover the water for himself, you go in (on a calm beach,or river) in first then let him come to you.you can throw a stick out too,just in the ankle deep shallows first,then a few inches further each time,until he has to swim to get it.this could take weeks or days.dont push the dog.& praise him heavily each time he gets the stick back.

a little life-jacket is a must too!,he could panic if he falls overboard & tire himself out, before you can retrieve him.

good luck
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