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Monday, 13 July 2015

I Taught My Dog How To Swim

I am so excited to share this with you guys today!!
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:

siberian husky goes swimming!

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.

husky wrapped in towel

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!




34 comments:

  1. Yay! Good job, Koda! I'm thinking about getting Zoe a life jacket because she's also very afraid of swimming and I think it might help boost her confidence.

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  2. Katie grew up on the North Sea Coast on the beach almost every day, but she does not like to get wet. She enjoys dipping her paws in, but that is it. She even gets made if I splash on her. Bailie and I are both water hounds and love getting in the water. Sadly, we don't get to swim much around here, so we have to make do with our kiddy pool.

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    1. I love to swim, so I was sooooooo happy to finally get him in the water with me!!!

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  3. Yay Koda! We like to get in our kiddie pool but keep our feet touching the bottom. You're very brave.

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  4. Way to go, Koda!!!!! I don't like to swim either...and at first, I didn't even like to wade in to get my feet wet. Ma just let me take my time and now, I will wade into a pool or the ocean and it is refreshing to get my little piggies wet. But swimming is still out for me. So HAPPY Koda has learned to enjoy swimming!
    Oz

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    1. Well at least your getting your little paws wet pal!
      And thanks!!! So proud of my boy!!

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  5. Congratulations to the new swimming partners! I know how proud you must have been when he swam out to you! Yay!

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    1. Omg yes!!! It's kind of silly I suppose, but when he swam out to me, it was like a baby taking their first steps!

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  6. That's awesome, Koda! Isn't it great to watch a dog overcome a fear and know that you helped? You'll have to do it again and take some pics.

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    1. Yes!!! omg it was such an amazing feeling!!!
      I will definitely get pics next time!!!

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  7. Fabulous......letting animals do new things in their own time makes so much sense.....they learn to trust slowly that way - works with people too trying something new!

    Hugs, Sammy

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  8. That is awesome, nice job Koda dogs have so much fun in water if given a chance and taken slow.

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    1. Definitely!! I was so proud and can't wait to get him back down there!!

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  9. Yay! Oh, how I must try this with Earl!

    sumskersandearlskers13.blogspot.com

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  10. Maybe we need to send our Mom to you for swimming lessons. She is one of those people who never learned to swim as a child and has never learned. If we had a big pool in our yard, we bet we would be willing to jump in and learn to swim too. It is SO hot here right now.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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    1. Oh heck, I grew up swimming on a daily basis, so I swear i'm half fish! hahaha!

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  11. Yay for Koda!!! And yay for you for sticking with it and letting him take his time. What a good idea to go in with him (we tried that with our golden Moses but it didn't work though). Now that it's finally hot enough maybe I'll go in with Luke a little bit too to help him get more comfortable.
    It is just so much fun to watch them in the water, and it is such good exercise for them too!
    Lots of wags and woofs from the crew at Wag n Woof Pets

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    1. Thanks!!! I am so proud of him!!! I can't wait to get him back down to the water!

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  12. Yay! Its great you managed to teach how to swim!

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  13. Good job, Koda! We bet you swimming like a fish from now on. :)

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  14. How exciting! I always let Bain go at his own pace, as he really only prefers knee deep water. The boyfriend on the other hand prefers Bain get his feet wet right away, so to speak. Must be a guy thing!

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  15. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I can feel your pride and joy through this post. I'm so happy for you. I will follow your lead with Rodrigo. We don't get many opportunities to swim, but there's a lake in our town and now I want to take the dogs to see if he'll get in the water :)

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    1. Aw wow thanks so much Kimberly!!! I really am so very proud of him! I was thrilled when he finally went for it! I wish you the best of luck with your attempts as well!!

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  16. Congratulations!
    I love the water, but I was reluctant to go out of my depth - I eventually followed my bipeds.

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    1. I think following us humans in is the best way to teach!!

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  17. Excellent. Hopefully you will get a chance for more swimming.

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