Ok, normally my Mondays are reserved for rescue stories, or anything related to that. Today though, I have some exciting news of my own to share. I taught my dog how to swim - no joke!
Some of you may remember me posting photo's of Mika swimming like she was part fish, such as this one:
My girl, LOVES the water. However, Koda and Lexus are terrified of it. They would always step in ankle deep, and that was about it. Well, today I am happy to announce that Koda swam for the very first time yesterday! I have been working on him with his fear of water for a couple years now, and this year he finally decided to go for it. He was reluctant at first, but he did it - LIKE A BOSS!
How did I get him over his fear of water?
I let him go at his own pace. I have not forced him over the last couple years, as I did not want to make his fear worse than it already was. I would always bring him down to the water, let him get his feet wet, and do his thing. He would never go in though. This year I decided to see if he would follow me in. He is a mama's boy, and follows me everywhere. I had him on a leash, and waded into the water, he waded with me. I walked a little further in the water, he began to be hesitant, but I kept walking a little deeper. As soon as he noticed my body was covered in water, I think he got worried about me, he decided to come over to me and investigate. At this point, he was up to his waist. I went for it, I took off into water a little deeper, and low and behold, he jumped right in with me!!! He didn't leave me side! We swam and swam and swam! He was a champ! A natural! And I was one heck of a proud husky mama!
The one thing I regret is not bringing my camera. I didn't think he was going to go in, so I left the camera at home. I am pretty upset I didn't get to capture his first swim on camera, but I won't make that same mistake twice. In the photo above, he is all wrapped up in a towel after his day of swimming.
He was getting his ears all dried off in this photo, I thought he looked cute, so had to snap a pic. LOL! I can't even tell you guys how happy I was to see him swimming, and having so much fun. I can't wait to get him back down to the water and try again. I will continue to work with Lexus as well, and hopefully get her in the water this year too!
Thanks so much for sharing in our adventures, and we hope to see you back tomorrow!