One of the hardest things I have found to introduce Reece to is water. Colorado....good for skiing and hiking....not so much for water sources. There are some options, but some are in busy dog park areas, a long drive, or just not great for a beginner. We are just getting her stomach settled after some issues, so I am also reluctant to hit up the main swim areas in Denver as they have a lot of giardia problems.
So far we have been relegated to a kiddie pool in our backyard and one creek we tried about a month ago. She was hesitant at the creek, which surprised us since she is so gung ho about so many things.
She got her final vacc on friday so we got the all clear to head to a doggie rec pool.
Reece was still tentative. She can swim fine, likes to retrieve, but the transition from walking to swimming seems to throw her for a loop. So each time the gal had to turn her back around towards the toy to remind her she was going to fetch. She also has to be convinced to enter the water more then I thought she would.
I tried to film a bit, but most of the time I had to work with her so didn't get a lot. Each of these retrieves was done with the assistant guiding her in to the water first, just didn't catch that part on film.
Good news though, she was happy through the whole thing. Her tail was up, she zoomed around the upper deck, and she was very excited to fetch.
What I think we need is other dogs. She LOVES other dogs, and if she had them to follow around, she would be over her hesitations in no time. Found out about a good quiet lake to go yesterday. Its an hour drive but I think the fam and I will go up this weekend, and there will be at least one good swimmer dog for motivation there!
Reece DOB 5/1/2013
She swims really well! I bet with another dog in the water she will have no hesitation and you will have to drag her out of the water! Be careful what you wish for, lol. Maybe keep her on a long line in the beginning until you feel sure she will return to you.
Maxx & Emma Jean
Ozzy - 10/16/02 - 06/28/11 - Always in my heart.
Sometimes the hardest part isn't letting go - but learning to start over.
I wish I had a pool like that to take Dixie to. But we do have ponds and other places to swim.
I think Reece will be fine, she's just getting used to it. The other dog should help teach her too.
She looks great...I want that job
She did jut fine!
Seamus and Flynn
She is so damn cute....
Be careful what you wish for. My last YL Buffett was a true water dog. He could find water in the Sahara... then he would lick, roll, splash, pee in it and repeat.
That is brilliant with the doggy pool. She will be a swimmer in no time. I've been searching around in our area as well for swimming locations. Not easy. They closed the gravel pit I used to go to, but I have found another one hoping to get permanent permission from the owners to take the dogs swimming. Right now I'm sneaking in. After 20 minutes of constant swimming they are pooped. Our beagle Tilly just stands in the water to her knees watching them.
The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!
She did great!!
I wouldn't worry about her hesitation too much....Rukus wouldn't swim for his first year and then it was like a lightbulb went off in his head and we haven't been able to keep him dry since! :P That's awesome that you have a place you can take her with a ramp and training! I'm jealous!!