Okay I have a 6 month old GSP and he's beautifully behaved for the most part...we're having the typical "puppy stupids"...anyhow...
I'm trying to get him in the water, he won't hunt but I'd love to be able to enrich his life and exercise. Problem is, he's not getting the swim? His back half is sinking and he's not learning how to float it! Any suggestions or experience with other pups that couldn't catch on and did or didnt'?
This happened to my puppy too. He jumped in the water after me at the lake and then he panicked and started to sink, so i guided him holding his butt and he started to swimm. Then he was scared of the water for a little but now hes 2 years old and jumps in all by himself and swims like a pro. Its in the GSP's to swim. They were made for that kinda stuff. He is a hunting machine and if he needs to get a duck hes gunna jump in. I think if you guide him and give him some time he will be a great swimmer!
We have the same problem with ours, he's 13 mo. old, loves the water, he never wants to get out. He will swim "correctly" when he goes after a bumper or stick but on the way back he is almost vertical, like he is trying to walk upright, its funny to watch. It sounds like I'm not the only one here having to deal with this. I quess I'll be going in with him for some lessons. Its a good thing I don't hunt Pheasants over water. Ha