Thursday, May 20, 2010
The first HOT day in Michigan and the dogs are loving it. As the the temps creeped past 80 degrees we knew we had to pull out the doggie pool and throw a pool party. This was Fayes first time in the water and though it took some time for her to warm up to the idea, she eventually was splashing around with her buds Leo and Cali.
When exposing a young puppy to something new like water, make it fun. Quite often our puppies first experience in water is the dreaded BATH. I try to make their first water experience a fun time with doggie friends. Of course a Winter Puppy in Michigan can throw a wrench into that plan *GRIN*. I start with a kiddie pool, add water, a few good doggie friends, lots of toys and let the fun begin. Faye was not quite sure about this whole pool thing but after watcing Leo and Cali splash around she decided to join in on the fun.
As temping as it may be to "toss" your puppy into the drink to help them get used to the water, it's best to let them take their time and inch their way into the water. After all there's nothing fun about being forced to do something you're unsure of, puppies are no different than people in that way.
If you plan to spend time at the water with your dog throughout their lifetime it's always best to introduce your dog/puppy to the water ASAP. While not all dogs love the water, most tend to enjoy it if they were exposed as a youngster.
So get outside and enjoy Summer with your dog, SURFS UP!