OK - I tried to post this the other day but ended up posting it as a comment instead of starting a discussion.
Does anybody have a doodle that doesn't like to swim? We have two f1b doodles - a five year old and a two year old. We have a huge pool in our backyard that they refuse to come near. They won't even get in the pond when we meet with other doodle owners at the dog park. What's wrong with my doodles! We would love for them to swim. We've even tried throwing Daisy's tennis ball in the pool to see if she would go for it. Nope. Griff, the five year old, came really close once when my best friend's 3 year old daughter was in the pool. He loves her and was reaching as far as he could to get to her but wouldn't take the plunge.
My husband picks them up and carries them to the middle and they swim straight out but will not get back in on their own. When they get out they run all around and act silly like they just had a bath. Any suggestions on how to get them to the next stage?