When Tucker goes swimming, what I usually do is have him sit on my left side, tell him to stay, throw the bumper or bird while yelling "YOWWW"; I have him wait a bit, then send him by throwing my arm in the direction of the bumper while yellin' "Tucker!"...and he takes off into the water.
He hasn't stayed completely on his own.* I have to have one finger touching the D ring on his collar.* Not holding him (no pressure), but just touching, as a reminder to wait.
But today, when he came out of the water with the bumper, he went about 4 ft. away from me, dropped it and shook off (which is what he usually does).* I took the bumper and figured I'd just throw it and he could jump in for it, without doing all the other.* But I said sit...and he did.* I said stay....and he did.* I threw it....he stayed sitting.* I threw my arm and yelled "Tucker!", and away he went!* When he came back, we did the same thing again....both times he was about 4 feet away from me when he sat and waited for me to send him out.* I was so excited!* I was yellin', callin' him a GOOD BOY GOOD BOY the whole time he swam out to the bumper.* *;D
He may never do it again completely on his own....we'll see....but it clicked today!* I loved that!*
By George I think he's got it.
It's amazing when that light bulb goes off in their head isn't it.
Good boy Tucker.
That's terrific and I think a very hard skill, too. I tried it w/ Sami but just never followed through with much (okay, hardly any) consistency. So count me as impressed! ;D
Good boy! Next lab fest, I will get Mitzi to watch Tucker. She sure could learn a few things. Mitzi gets so excited, she jumps in before I even throw it. And how did you teach him to shake 4 feet away? Mine have to shake right next to me, and they even rub against me to dry off.
Makes you feel warm all over for them doesn't it
good boy, tucker!
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Good boy Tucker! It's so exciting when they get it!!!!!!!!!!
Yay for Tucker.......he needs a Frosty Paw!!!!!!!!!!!!
Great job with Tucker.. I am impressed with water shake 4 feet away! I am usually soaked to the skin(my fault need to work that out). Sometimes mine will stay and wait for the release command, but rarely early in the session. Good for you!
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