> Took my dog, first time, to a beach to try swimming. He got up to his
> belly and wouldn't go any further. I am sure it is a matter of
> patience and time...but anything recommended that might expedite his
> enjoyment of the water (He is a retriever after all).
> The waves sorta bothered him. I am not forcing him in..I am letting
> him do it on his own right now.
That's a good idea. You don't want to scare him.
> He was with two other dogs and so desperately wanted to join
> them...but just did not like getting in past
> his belly...yet ;-)
Well, I'm sure the retriever people here will have good advice, but I
thought I'd ask if you tried getting in the water yourself? That might
make it seem less freaky.
You might try having him retrieve stuff you throw towards the water,
tossing it out a little further each time. Or how about lateral throws
parallel to the beach?
Keep in mind these suggestions are coming from someone who's never tried
it herself. I'm hoping to take Harlan on a visit to a lake this summer,
to see what he does.
Although, now that I think of it, when the shelter was having a dog wash
fund raiser, they were using kiddie pools to wash them, and he was
afraid to get in until I shucked my socks and shoes and hopped in first.
(Also, my young niece did too, which probably helped even more). And
this weekend, when it was really hot, we tried to mist him with the
hose, and again that worked better when I tried it with him (felt pretty
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