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Old 02-20-2012, 04:53 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Elsa loves the water. I always just throw my dogs in and jump in with them... lol.
There is hope! lol I would love to get Eales to do that since he has a lot of energy to burn! It must be great exercise!
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My experiences are if I go, my dog will follow. If I dont, he wont. Just try sitting in the pool for a while and see what happens. Dont even try to call them in, they will come with confidence and knowing that you are there. Or they wont. Good luck!
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In all the many Dobes I've had I've only had one that really loved water. He would swim in lakes, steams, big rivers, swimming pools. The kids at an apartment complex I visited a lot taught him to get on a surf board and balance. They also taught him to dive in the pool from a low diving board.

He would retreive things from river bottoms which were mostly stone bottoms--beige stones and if you threw a white one in he'd bring that one back.

Beyond that I've had one dog who would go out into a small and very placid lake following the Aussie--if he got deep enough the Aussie would come and push him out further and he'd swim.

But the rest of them--no way! Well except for the best tracking dog I ever trained. He was a very "melt in the rain" type unless I had his tracking harness in my hand--then he didn't care how hard it was raining. And we tracked a lot in grass fields (Oregon--we grow grass seed for the world) where the fields were often divided by drainage ditches--he'd track into and through water in those ditches because that's where the track went, that he wouldn't have ordinarily considered setting foot in.
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:28 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Maybe it has a little to do with confidence!
When he is going to retrieve a ball he believes that if he paddles harder and faster that he'll get to the ball faster. Once he has the ball he settles down and the rhythm will kick in and he actually has a bit of grace in the water. It's been a great way to exercise him when its too hot to run/walk.
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:09 PM   #30 (permalink)
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OH yes... Hans loves water.


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He has an obsession with the hose too... I can't put sprinklers out or he will break them!

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I don't know if I could handle him if he didn't like water...its so great for exercise and getting the zoomies out.
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OH yes... Hans loves water.

I don't know if I could handle him if he didn't like water...its so great for exercise and getting the zoomies out.
Great pics! Especially the sprinkler one! Currently we'll go for a jog but you have to either get up very early and go when it's dark because it's so hot. I would love if swimming made up part of the exercise regime! So much easier!
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So I'm jumping through, over, around the sprinkler yelling 'Wooooo!' to try and get my dobies excited about the water but alas, they just sit there looking at me. Eventually they tip toe over but as soon as a drop of water hits them, back away they go.
Take a video and we will be glad to critique your technique. LOL.

My boy Jordan and the boxer love water. I can't get the water hose out to water flowers or fill the pond without them getting excited for playtime. They also love the pond, getting in it and playing. I can't say I did anything, it just happened.
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Zephyr, that 2nd picture is great. That's worthy of a calendar. Your last picture is priceless.
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