Monday, July 15, 2013

Maddie's First Swim

A couple of weeks ago, Maddie got to try swimming for the first time.  She did great!
I don't think she loved it, but Maddie was definitely intrigued and could not keep herself from the water's edge.

I almost always swim my hounds with an inflatable collar as it keeps their ears above water.  I find that many dogs do not like their ears to get wet and it can be a source of panic. Plus it does not give them so much support that they just float around.  Initially, I started with the life jacket and was reminded how much I prefer the inflatable collar.
All in all, I think it went well.  We plan to practice regularly and hopefully Maddie will get more and more comfortable.

10 comments:

Milo and Jet said...

HI Maddie
How exciting that you have gone for your first swim :) You look very cute with your little neck float. It's great having doggie friends there to encourage you when you first start to swim. Swimming is one of our most favourite activities ever but then we are labradors so it's to be expected. We hope you learn to love swimming as it's a pawesome way to cool down on a hot day. From Milo & Jet

What Remains Now said...

Well done, Maddie. The perfect activity for hot weather.

Stoutheartedhounds said...

I like the inflatable collar; I need to go find one of those for Hattie. I think she's going to be a swimmer/retriever eventually, she's too curious about the water to not end up enjoying it :)

houndstooth said...

Ha ha ha! It just occurred to me who Flattery reminds me of -- it's Maddie! I'm just curious, why did you wait a year to let her try swimming? If we hadn't had the lake last year when Kuster was on crate rest for his pano, I think we'd have gone insane. I'm glad she had a pretty good time!

Hazel said...

I'm so amazed by the way that you love to ambush the other dog!

I do believe that you should be a deputy sheriff because you are good at surprises

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Houndstooth, we waited because it was winter. I got Maddie Labor Day and it was pretty much getting into fall and just not warm enough.

gyeong said...

Fearless Maddie. My guys turn the other way if they see an inch of water in the kiddie pool.

Apex Agility Greyhounds said...

Great work, Maddie! Kili also likes to ambush her buddy when he emerges from the water with the toy. Why get it yourself when some other shmuck will do it for you, right Maddie?

Team Zero Gravity said...

Houndstooth, my Greyhound boy learned to swim as a puppy, but every time his legs grew, he had to "re-learn" how to swim. He had to get the hang of his legs again. Once he became an adult and his legs stayed the same, it was easier and he felt more comfortable.

Initially, I did use a dog life jacket with handles which helped me help him. I use the life jacket with my hound girls. One could probably use the inflatable collar, but the other 2 need the life jacket because they still flail too much :)

Greyhounds Aren't Grey said...

That looks like it was fun! BTW we loved the article in the recent (and last printed :-( CG Magazine.