- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2012
I was wondering if anyone knew the most effective way to teach your dog to rescue someone who is drowning? Is there anyone who has taught their dog this, whether on your own or via professional dog training?
I have a 9 month old Labrador. He’s pretty much the best dog on the planet. But, unless he is learning something or performing a task, he is bored. And when he is bored, he gets into things to get you to pay attention for him or to create a “task” of his own to perform. This is completely normal for his age and his breed, it just means I have to get creative to keep him occupied. And I don’t mind doing it. I knew what having a puppy (an intelligent and ACTIVE puppy, at that) entailed when I got him. And honestly, we have tons of fun learning things together.
We have an inground pool, and last month we spent a lot of time learning to use it (we brought him home in December, when he was 8 wks old, so he had never seen deep water before) Of course, now that he knows how to get in via the stairs, he has got it down pat and is a pro swimmer…but thinks swimming for too long is boring,lol. We tried creating games to play, like water fetch, but of course, that soon lost its novelty after a while, too. So my thinking is, since he likes learning, and he is a Lab- a dog often used for service and rescue- i could take that avenue. This way, he is still getting his exercise, not getting into my things, and learning something, which he loves to do. Also, if ever there is a water ER, it would be handy for him to have an idea about how to react.
Mind you, this is more for fun, I am not looking to get him certified or anything like that. I googled and youtubed, but didn’t see much in the way of instruction for this particualr topic, so I thought I’d ask and see if someone else has done this. Do I need anything, like life floats or dolls? Can i practice having him rescue me or FI?
OH! The other thing is that currently, if you get into the pool with him, he likes to swim to you and actually climb on you, like to rest (even if he isn’t tired) we’re trying to break that, as of course it could be dangerous should he ever be swimming with children or something. Any ideas on how to curb that would be great, too. I am not even sure why he does it!