I always thought all dogs could swim, except for maybe basset hounds. My first dog was a border collie mix, and I couldn't keep her OUT of the water for anything! Reno is a hound and he can swim; just doesn't choose to. He has beautiful form though. Now welcome Sweet Pea, the BIRD DOG that can't swim. Okay, bird dog and terrier mix that can't swim. She isn't excited about the pool, but we want to familiarize her with it just in case she falls in. At this point, she'd drown if that happened. Her main goal is to hold her head out of the water, and furiously paddle with her front paws. However she doesn't use her back legs at all. So she ends up completely vertical in the water. We've been supporting her midsection in the pool, and I think we'll have to move her rear legs until she gets the hang of it. A lot of the sites online I looked over said to start them out in a river or lake with gradual entry. I can't do that here, we have alligators in the water! I'm not about to hop in the water and coax the dog in too. Dinner time! Soo..any ideas on this one? I've taught 4 kids how to swim, never thought I'd have to teach the dog.