When we left off swimming with Sheba and Luke last fall, Luke had a little mishap in the water and didn’t want to go back in swimming again (you can read more about that in this post: “Shifting Gears: From Swimming to #DogWalkingWeek“). He was proving to be a very strong and fast swimmer, even showing Sheba up, so we were disappointed this had happened.
So this year my plan was to take him by himself and let him get back in the water slowly. I decided to try our favorite place, a beautiful little pond only a 10 minute drive from our house. The water is so clean there. Normally we have a spot off of the rail trail where we’ll go, but this year the ticks have been so horrendous I wanted to find a place with a little less brush so we could avoid getting covered with them. I decided to try the boat launch there, which is very nice and open and often very quiet. No one was there so I was able to let Luke explore the short shoreline and rocks, and walk in the water along there as well as right out the cement boat launch.
He seemed a bit timid at times, but at one point he saw a bobber out in the water, and I think he wanted to go after it! I kept him on the short leash for this time though so he could only go up to his belly or so. Hopefully this next week we can get him back there with the longer leash and see if he’ll swim out. We’ll continue to take it slowly, letting him set the pace, and keep him by himself for a while until he gets more self assured. I think he will be OK in time, and I can’t wait to see him out there swimming again. I think it’s another thing that could help build his confidence.
By the way, Sheba got her own swimming outing with Dad last week too down at the river. I want to get both Luke and Sheba collars for swimming this year, and I’d like to be able to get something that’s personalized so they’ll have ID on them when swimming. Does anyone have any suggestions for good waterproof collars that can be personalized?
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