'Not only is punishment risky, but it also fails to teach the dog an acceptable alternate behaviour. The dog does not learn what to do the next time he is in the same situation. He only learns to fear the situation.' Emma Parsons, Click to Calm p73

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Drowned Puppy.

I wasn't really planning to, but me and Lola went with Jenny and Millie to the reservoir today. We stopped off at the ford and drowned the puppy, which got her used to swimming against a pretty strong current for a few moments. Half an hour or so afterward, she followed me into the res and swam quite far for her ball. She's definitely getting better - stronger, and more tolerant. She had huge sad puppy ears when she got out the last time, and refused completely to go near the water again.

The entire trip (to the ford, to the res, and back home) took about two and a half hours. Lola was refusing her treats for the last forty five minutes or so, because she was utterly exhausted and just wanted to be carried home (which wasn't happening - she was gross!), but she only reacted twice the entire trip: once to a couple who walked past whilst we were in the water, thus surprising her, and once to a man with a toddler on his shoulders and a kid just behind him; we were too close on the narrow path and she growled softly.

Both dogs have since been washed, and Lola is utterly tuckered out now. I'm going to take her more regularly to the res, and encourage her to swim there. My legs feel all horrible now from standing in the water with Ro.

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Sara said...

Lola is a good little swimmer. I bet she takes a long nap!

Ricky the Sheltie said...

Lola totally has the hang of it now! Swimming is such good exercise - she'll probably sleep for a long long time!

Sophie said...

She's still tired now, a day later. I'm going to try and take her there semi-regularly so that she gets more confident in the water. The only problem is that she gets really filthy and smelly from the muddy water!