Despite enjoying a day of sunning himself on the back of my kayak while I paddle along, or sitting on my lap in a rented boat, Toby hates going in the water. You would think he was part cat the way he won't go near it.
I have tried everything -- favorite toys, going in the water with him, having another dog there who he's playing with run in the water. Once, he went near where the water touched the beach and within seconds he ran back to me.
I had all but given up until last weekend, when on our way to Schroon Lake, I decided to stop in a local store and see if they had a dog toy. They did. A giant blue bone shaped toy that floated and cost me $5. It was hot, and I knew if Toby would actually just go in the water it would cool him off.
As I walked out of the store, I thought to myself, "you're so dumb, you just wasted $5 on a toy you know he's not going to play with. Ahh, we'll try it anyway."
When Toby saw the toy as I got out of the car at the lake he went nuts whining and crying and wanting to play. I brought him to the beach area where we were preparing to put in our kayaks and threw the toy into the water. He looked at it, and looked back at me. I fetched it and threw it again --- all while getting real excited and trying to show him how fun it was.
Well, after the third time of this, Toby ran right after it. I was shocked. Stunned. Amazed. He actually went in the water, and seemed to enjoy it! I mean, just how adorable?!
When he didn't think about it, he would run right in after it, but (just like me) when he got to the point where he couldn't touch the bottom, he did begin to freak out a little, and would pause. Depending on how far out the toy was, he would swim a little to get it, but a majority of the time, I was in the water grabbing it. I'm in no way complaining, because after four years of trying to get him to play like this, he finally tried it!
It was just too cute. And, I was a bit overly excited. It think the other people there thought I was nuts, especially the woman whose black lab was jumping in and out of the water like it was nothing. I took some cute Touts of this which, you can watch by following this link (sorry! we're having a hard time embedding the video)
Does your dog like to play in the water?
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