Thursday, October 13, 2011

Water Racer

So you don't have a fenced in yard and your dog is unpredictable around strange dogs and his recall isn't what it should be or will be and you have to find a way to drain the energy out of him in order to (as some famous dog trainers might say..) make a clear path to his mind.. So what do you do?

Well, our choices are somewhat limited but the best thing I've found so far involves a lake and a tennis ball. Let it be known that our friend Diesel is a little bit obsessed with the ball under most circumstances but after a few swims, his demeanor is much more relaxed. He begins to "drop it" automatically. This gives me the opportunity to "catch" the behavior and name it for him. Over and over and over again until he is asleep sitting up in the back of my car.

At first he wouldn't swim at all. Then I explained the whole Labrador Retriever thing to him and an hour later, he was a pro.


Cyndi and Stumpy said...

Nothing tires a dog out like a good swim! Happy to see that Diesel is getting in touch with his inner labradork.

Happy, Waggin' Tails, FUREVER!
Stumpy and me

Two Pitties in the City said...

I think he gets it now! What gorgeous photos!

susan said...

Thanks TPC, he really does get it. Cyndi: re: "labradork" Thanks, I really needed that laugh!

Foley Monster and Pocket said...

Always love a new Diesel story

Kari in Vegas said...

once we taught Mesa about fetch there was no turning back


Susan Rose said...

Okay... it's time to get a photo of Stella up on "her" website. : )