One of the things I was most looking forward to on our recent vacation was introducing the dogs to the pool. I had predicted that Sadie would be the first in, last out and would fully embrace the pool with little hesitation. I predicted that Maggie would struggle with the pool at first and not want to go in, but that her desire to fetch her ball would trump any uncertainty and she would gladly jump in. I had no idea what to think about Hurley. Would he show his Hurley Badger Don't Care personality and not let the deeper water bother him? Or would he refuse to go in at all costs?
Here's how they did.
I love Sadie. She's my sweet, wants to please type of girl. Smart, she is not. She loved the pool. She just couldn't figure out how to get in or out by herself. It started with the Hubster "helping" her in. And by helping, he pretty much picked up and tossed. She loved it!
Round in circles she swam. We soon realized that she had no idea how to get out of the pool. Thankfully, Maggie was there to show her the way.
Then she couldn't figure out how to get back in. Round the pool she ran. Bark, whine, crazy Sadie sounds? Check. Then she came up next to me, put her front paws in and looked back at me with an expression that definitely was asking "Please?" I obliged and pushed her in with a laugh. And for Sadie, that is apparently how to get into the pool. Ask Mom or Dad for a little help. We tried and tried to encourage her to get in on her own but she was having none of it. So pushed into the pool she was for the rest of the day.
Maggie was pretty predictable. All it took was a ball. She did take a little bit of time to warm up to the whole jumping in thing but quickly embraced the dive.
Hurley Badger Don't Swim. The Hubster was able to get ahold of him once to toss him in and after that, forgettaboutit. He kept his distance from both of us (c'mon Hurley! Mom didn't do anything except take pictures!) and would have nothing to do with it.
For the record, I would not advocate tossing your dogs into a pool to introduce them to it. We knew Sadie's love of water and Maggie's love of ball would set us up for success with the pool so the tossing was mostly for our amusement. Hurley was never meant to be a swimmer - getting him in the pool that one time showed me that if he ever falls in somewhere, he can figure out how to swim and that was my only goal with the pool and Hurley.