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Here in the noth west we have these types of competitions.  Here is the link to the website.

I think, that I would like to get Roxy involved.  The boxers powerful athletic build I think would make for an outstanding big air jumper.  The only problem I forsee is in the training.  She loves the water but when I take her swimming her bottom sinks.  I have heard of other boxer owners using doggy life preservers so that is an option...any other ideas?  Another thing is we are still working on retrieving.  Roxy is getting pretty good at it, but there is alot of room for improvemnet.  Any comments or suggestions/tips on how to improve in these areas would be helpful.  Who knows, maybe one day you will see Roxy in a televised event on ESPN.  LOL, in my dreams...
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I've seen those competitions before, look like a lot of fun..Yea, if you can get the back end to keep from sinking, you would do great..Buck was a champion swimmer and we did teach him to fetch in the water. He also learned how to retreive under water as well...Now in an open space, like the ocean he will not give up! I swear I thought I was going to have to have the ex dive in and save him once, he refused to give up on this stick that kept getting further and further away....

We used a lot of floatable toys to work with Buck and he really enjoyed it a lot. I know that you can get life jackets for dogs, but honestly I can't recomend one over the other. Maybe someone else on here has used them and can give you an idea. I'd say just keep working with her, make it fun, entertaing, but make sure you let her rest, it is incredibly hard work for them to swim and the last thing you want is for her to get too exhausted...
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