Leonberger Question

I have a 13 week old female Leonberger. I have a rather large pool. She has not been in the pool...

I have a 13 week old female Leonberger. I have a rather large pool. She has not been in the pool as of yet. I am afraid of leaving her alone in the backyard while I am at work. She is getting so big that keeping her indoors is hard. How can I introduce her to the pool without frightening her??

    In Leonberger - Asked by Anonymous - 9/30/2010 2:27:08 PM
Get in the pool and try to have her come to you. Do not start at the deep end. Also teach her where the steps are so she will know how to get out by herself.
    Answered by Anonymous - 10/9/2010 11:13:13 AM

You need to fence the pool or build her a run if she simply cannot be inside while you are not home. A pool and a young puppy is a terribly unsafe combination. We have four Leonbergers and they ALL live inside with us. I personally just couldn't recommend leaving a young puppy (of any breed) outside in the yard alone.
    Answered by thiskidsdun - 10/18/2010 3:08:56 PM

No puppy at age 13 weeks should be left alone outside, especially around a pool. At this age they need to be in a safe enclosed area...
    Answered by Anonymous - 10/25/2010 3:54:20 PM

If you think she is too big for the house at 13 weeks you've chosen the wrong breed, and anybody who would leave a young pup outside while at work shouldnt have a dog, get a hamster.
    Answered by Anonymous - 11/21/2010 3:49:58 PM

If you're leaving a puppy alone all day while you're at work you thought with your heart and not your head. Puppies require lots of supervision and attention. They're a lot like having a toddler in the house, they want to be involved in what you're doing and you have to constantly keep an eye on them because like children they will get into things that are dangerous for them. So if you think a 13week old Leo is too big an animal, then you've not only done yourself a great disservice but you've also done one to the puppy. This is a breed that craves the attention of it's pack and that's you, it thrives on it. By locking this pup up away from you for the whole day you're making a nutcase out of it.
    Answered by Anonymous - 5/1/2011 5:19:33 PM

Give some mental stimulation while you're gone some dog puzzle toys or something, and an old blanket or t-shirt with your scent to leave with the pup. This is a dog that by no means should be left outside all the time. It needs people interaction, socialization with other people and dogs. A pool should always have a fence around it and a puppy this young never left alone all day. Show the pup the stairs into the pool, so it knows how to get in and out but don't leave it outside unsupervised. Coax it in and see if it will go swimming with you, they love the water and are good swimmers but remember this pup is still very young and may not be able to get out by itself.
    Answered by Anonymous - 5/1/2011 5:22:42 PM