I’m living near water with Goldendoodles –
– something I’ve dreamed of for years …
With both the retriever and poodle of this crossbreed enjoying water – you might expect an instant love of the same from their puppies.
Behaviors like this do not necessarily have a high heritability (likelihood of being carried genetically in to the offspring) – there is much more likely to be an influence of environment and learning than genetics. So, a puppy raised by a water-loving bitch, and introduced to water in a safe and fun way, is likely to want to swim/play in water. Sian Ryan, Dog behaviourist, trainer and educator.
Harley and Jaxson view the enjoyment/use of water differently….
Harley – is a “knee deep” swimmer. Keep the water below the belly and it’s a great day…
Jaxson – is the “all-in” swimmer. Beach, lake, bathtub, garden hose – doesn’t matter. He’s an equal opportunity water dog! #fishdoodle
If your desire is to bring home a Goldendoodle who loves the water, and you’re unable to learn information about the parents, research safe and fun ways to acclimate your Dood to water.
I’m a firm believer that ALL dogs need to be introduced to water in a safe environment. All dogs do not swim. Know your dogs aquatic level before venturing out in open waters.
Harley and Jaxson’s first swim was in a pool, with a life vest…
KEEP YOUR PUP SAFE –
- Talk to your vet
- Be aware of the dangers of running water
- Bring fresh water for them to drink
- Know the quality of the water
- Avoid strong currents
- Look for snakes, snapping turtles, and other creatures.
*I am not a breeder nor a veterinarian. I am a Doodle Mom searching and sharing a better understanding about everything Goldendoodle.
This year over 500 bloggers from across the world will participate in the A-Z blogging challenge.
We will attempt to blog everyday during the month of April (minus Sundays) completing the entire alphabet in one month.
Our Theme? – “Everything Goldendoodle” ❤️
This is our contribution in the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.