Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Dahitman44

Goofy swimming form

9 posts in this topic

My 14-month old lab named Copper has some pretty funny swimming form. I worked with him for an hour last night at our local lake and he flails around a lot on the way to the decoy, then gets in and swims back to me the right way.

He looks pretty goofy and is not the right way. Will he grow out of this?

My old lab that passed recently swam the right way, but may have done that as a pup -- I don't remember.

Thoughts?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They usually get that form from trying to swim to fast on the way to the bumper, then they settle down on the way back in... lots of swim time and he will out grow it.

Good Luck!

Ken

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hitman.....did I read you right? the dog gets "the decoy and then..." I don't think you want your pal retrieving the decoys. And don't worry about the silly/sloppy swimming form. He'll be okay after he spends more time at it. Have fun.

Love my black dogs!!! wink.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hitman,

Its funny you bring that up. My 8 month old lab was doing that ever since he started swimming early this summer. Last weekend it was hot out so I went for a swim with him and he followed me out. By the time we got about 50 yards out he began swimming like normal. Give it a try! jk I think he will get the hang of it!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

excellent idea --

thanks

hit

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Any others have thoughts on this?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Two out three pups I've had have done the same thing. Front paws coming out of the water, splashing everywhere. They both got past it. Just need some more time in the water.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I just went through this with my pup. He also was using the front leg splashing technique, I thought it was hilarious, the first 10 or 12 times he got in the water but eventually he got it. It just clicked for him a few weeks ago and now he is jumping off the dock and making long retrieves. I think he's doing well since English Setters aren't exactly known for their water ability.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you two for the positive reinforcement. I hope Copper "gets it" one of these days. It is really funny to see him splashing around. grin.gifgrin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • mnfathead
      Thanks Cliff, weather looks dynamite so that's a good start!
    • airnuts
      Finally making it up for our first trip of the year. Strictly walleye fishing in Frazer Bay with slip bobbers around the reefs. Appreciate any fishing reports. Thanks!
    • ZachD
      I believe they take vets living in veteran homes around the area like Silver Bay veteran home ect
    • ZachD
      tango loves going to Crooked lake!   Sand pines really works with you well for starting off. I don't know just because they were not busy but the kid stayed out with me and planted one by one until I told him to release them all. Golden meadows is nice as well. Do the pre buy program (I think if you buy before mid Aug) and the birds are a good price. They will flag all the birds if you want.   He still only weighs under 60lbs but I like it that way he is deadly fast and never gets tired   Cant wait to see how he does this season want to make a trip to the Dakotas at least once
    • fishingalex
      Does anybody know of a local Alexandria shop that would install a Humminbird Helix for me?
    • ifishwalleye
      Like Mlaker3 said... go as light as you can. The key is to try and stay vertical. It's the nature of the beast when jigging in rocks that your going to get some snags and loose some jigs. 
    • JBMasterAngler
      Thanks for all info. Even if I end up staying at the kawashiwi river campground (which I've done the past 2 years), now I at least know where to drive around and scout out some spots for next trip. 
    • redlabguy
      Good advice! I appreciate it. And good to hear from you. I found fish over the weekend on reef tops with few if any bites. I should've moved on but 11-12" fish made me think better ones might come. The good fish I did find were on the sides of reefs.  I'm off the water for family business, but hoping for a good August! Dick
    • eyeguy 54
      maybe he didn't see the question yet? google is your friend. this one sounds like its for vets that are at the VA.  not sure. Check out Take a Vet Fishing online.  couple events coming up. not by Duluth tho. 
    • loadmaster
      And people do not understand why this site is dead.  Ask a simple question and not even a reply.  Will be seeing ya all