As summer winds down, Charlie is busy learning new tricks.
I taught him the most recent one. It involves chasing a ball over to a small wading pool, then dipping his nose deep enough to grab the ball.
Yes, riveting stuff.
While researching various activities for Charlie, we’ve considered agility, fly ball and dock diving. I’m most interested in the last one; I’ve always been drawn to this sport.
The catch is that Charlie will need jump off a dock to retrieve an item and swim back. His retrieval skills have grown soft in recent weeks, and since we don’t have a full-sized pool or access to a lake, it’s hard to know how he feels about water.
After reading some introduction-to-water tips, I decided the best way to get Charlie used to water was though a puppy pool. We bought one earlier this summer from PetSmart, but other than fill it with water, we had no idea how to get Charlie in it.
I read it’s best to set an example for the dog, so I climbed in, water covering my ankles, then I coaxed Charlie to join me. He was less than excited. He basically stood still long enough for me to shoot a few photos, then he was done.
With temperatures in the low 90s, I thought he would be more appreciative.
Then there’s the ball-retrieval trick. Once I knew he had a firm grasp on this, I started bragging. Matt’s eyes glaze over as I excitedly explain — again and again — how awesome it is that I taught Charlie a trick. One that involves water! And a ball!!
I should mention Matt has taught Charlie sit, come, down, off, dance, stay and in your bed.
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