~Her First Swim
Cliff has had her to the pond a couple of times–and retrieved in chest-deep water before. The key to the quick success was her love of the retrieve. This water work is one of the many benefits of having your Weim crazy for the retrieve.
Please note that there was a couple of bumpers left from a trip out with another Weimaraner earlier–and Cliff tossed a rock to try to get Henri to retrieve the additional bumper. Hurrah–for-Henri she did several water-retrieves, and there was no hesitation at entering the water. And, she picked up that extra bumper too!
Holly — We are counting down the days for when the weather turns a tad bit warmer and we can hit the open water with our Goldee and SUP board. Do you (Charlie Mae and Murphy’s parents) have any tips on getting the weim use to the board?
I have done mat work with Goldee and I think I may just get a SUP specific mat-that way we can get her loving it on dry land and then she will know she gets yummy treats when it is out, in dry land or a board.
Wendy — Holly with my weim i practiced for a while with my board out of the water letting Rupert stand on it, walk around it…we had a boat dock which made it easier plus we lived on the river. Took a lot of falling at first, he wore a life vest and swam behind me…then he wanted to get on the board…he was 70 lbs so the balance was tricky! Good luck!Holly — Thanks Wendy! I’ve thought about taking the fins off and bringing the board inside and rewarding for her interest in the board and getting on the board. Did Rupert take to the water pretty immediately? We have only taken Goldee out to the water once, she was hesitant to go past shoulder height in the water. I’m hopeful that changes as we are able to get out to the water more regularly this summer.
Wendy –exactly take the fin off and then let him sniff around…it really does help! I did apply a clear, sticky adhesive on the top of my board, so it was easier for him to grip, and get up. My surf place sold it (check on line) We got Rupert as a pup and live on the water so he was raised in a boat and swimming, as soon as he was big enough he was in the water with his life vest of course. My board is almost 12 feet is it’s a longer one – the treat idea is good as well.
Wendy — I was going say, he was more hesitate of the boat then the actually water, he honestly was SO curious out of the gate about the water, he was a natural swimmer …which helps! Good luck and keep us ALL postedHolly — It helps to have a lab that would live in the water if we allowed her to. We have a vest for her, it’s also helpful when assisting them onto the board! I believe our board is 11’6, we got the longest available just to be able to get the girls up on it with us . Where do you take Rupert out? We are in Tualatin and head to Clackamette Lake in Oregon City.Wendy — We live on the Tualatin for years off Child’s them moved to the main lake…then moved to first addition, Rupert swims most of the summer.
Additional Comments from Cliff and Wendy…
Cliff — Just because you have a dog that swims, it doesn’t insure the new Weimaraner will follow suit. Sometimes the one Weim is content to let the other do all the work. Stay calm, be patient, and have fun. If you keep working at it, your Weimaraner can learn almost anything.Wendy — The paddle board is tricky with the Weimaraner. Stand up paddling is hard to master; then throw a pooch on and anything can happen. I really think getting them used to the board is key; start off the water…Rupert is a hot mess every time we pass geese or ducks–he flies off the board of course. This in turns scares the birds; he then circles back to me. I pull him up?! Picture me doing this several times–rinse & repeat about 10 times…sounds about right.