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Hi, my dobbie Axel is just a bit over a year old, he is very healthy and fit young dog he loves to play all day long he has problem with virtually nothing, except water.

For some reason he is afraid of water, when he drinks he ALWAYS puts his nuzzle on the side of bowl to avoid any unnecessary contact with water, he avoid puddles, we tried to get him to come to some shallow quiet little rivers but he generally avoids even touching the water, sometimes he goes in if he feels brave and i throw a snack in the water but never above his ankles, we never had any bad water experience with him, think maybe something happened on the breeder's side?

The breeder is this really nice and responsible family with 2 dobermans, they have been keeping track they are nice but they say both their dobermans LOVE water.. And I would like Axel to also enjoy water is possible, is there any way I can improve his relationship with water?  Thanks for tips.

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I wouldn't force it as that could just make it worse. Either he will eventually like the water...or he won't. Two of my previous Dobes also hated the water, it's just who they were.

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Is the breeder nearby, or do you know other dogs that love water?  I'd get him around water-loving dogs, and let them show him how much fun it can be. If he still doesn't care for it, then I'd say he's pretty much made up his mind about it.

I've had a couple that loved water, and a couple who would only wade into a lake up to about their knees, and that was it.

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My two will jump in the creek in front of our home, and have a ball together in the water.  Creek is only deep in in spots but they will wade in all the way up to their necks in the deep spots.  We also have a pool and my husband and I have tried to get them to jump in the pool.  They will not.  Both are scared of the pool.   I have never had a dog that truly seemed to enjoy water.  

 

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My girl DJ wont go in water deeper than her ankles.  I take her to our annual "Drool in the Pool" at the end of the summer 'human swimming season' at a local park, and before they drain the pool, they allow dogs to come in and swim and play with floating tennis balls, etc as a fund raiser for our local Humane Society.  DJ always goes, but only for the free tennis balls...she doesnt like to get wet!  Two years ago, she accidentally stepped off the edge of the pool at the 4 ft deep end to pick up a tennis ball that was floating, and when she stepped out onto the water, she sunk like a rock!  She immediately shot back up to the top of the water, eyes as big as dinner plates, and begged me to save her!  I grabbed her by the collar and helped her get back out.  If she didn't have a fear of water before that, she surely does now!  I have had dobermans before that loved water, would swim out so far in the lake I had to call them back in to shore. But not DJ.  It's a personal like/dislike and no two dogs are exactly the same.

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Thanks for all the responses guys (Y)

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Hi,

 

Atila won't go in the water too deep - as soon as the water gets too deep, and he loses contact with the ground, he'll turn around and jump back to the shore. Yes, jump. Atila does not swim. He loves playing in the shallow water and will even dunk his whole muzzle but forget about swimming.

He does not really fear water, until it comes to bath time. He's not a big fan of taking baths.

Anyway, if you want to improve Axel's relationship with water, you can try getting into the water (just be careful, since you mentioned a river and not the sea) and call him to you. Take slows steps as you get deeper and deeper, giving him time to adjust if he decides to follow you. He might follow you, but the process will be very slow. You could also bring a toy with you and try to get him to focus on the toy and not on the water.

This worked for me a lot of times before and it worked with Atila, too. At first, Atila didn't even want to touch the water, but now, he will happily get in the water and run and jump around, splashing everyone. :)