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Bonnie Dogs Blog - Dog Caring, Measuring and Grooming
14th Oct 2016
Our newest rescue dog Daz the Lurcher from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home did not have the best start in life, the very first day we bought him home after Legend our Flatcoated Retriever had picked him he jumped up on the kitchen counter and would not come down, only because he wasn't sure of his new surroundings. We do not know much about his history but we do know that we are his fifth home and his last chance.
It didn't take long for him to settle in our home and he and Legend were inseparable. It was so rewarding seeing him change from the shy and nervous dog to the dog who was full of life and character out enjoying walks and playing with Legend in the Garden.
There was one thing we found that Daz was still petrified of even after he had settled in, water. The only explanation for this would be that it was used as a punishment for him as he rarely drank from his bowl and would back away if you had water on your hands after washing them, it took some patience, encouragement and trust and he was soon able to drink from a bowl when we offered it to him, it was such an improvement.
Daz loves the beach and runs around like he has never had the chance to run before, he has a few mad half hours when he gets there and doesn't know how to stop. He only ever goes up to his hocks in the water so we were so surprised when he actually ran into the sea and swam.
How we got Daz to swim.
It took some encouragement but we started walking in the shallow part of the sea just walking along the edge so that he could walk behind. We slowly started walking further out into the sea then running back out so he knew that it was ok and that we were playing a game. Once he realised the water was ok he started to go in a bit further leaping about in the water, we then walked out a bit further and then started to call him so he started to follow once he was following we walked in a bit quicker and he bounded in after us, without even realising he was soon in too deep and had to start swimming! He swam back out to shore and then ran back in the sea again, it was so rewarding seeing him finally swimming after seeing how afraid of water he was.
- Dogs and swimming
- daz swimming
- lurcher swimming for first time
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