Combining swimming therapy and NoseWorks?
I'm throwing this out and looking for opinions/thoughts. Is it possible to use some form of scent detection as a motivator to get my boy to go willingly into a pool? And if so, how would you set it up?
My guy is willing to swim out to me when on a shore line. me and a stick/ball but primarily me were the motivators. But after getting to me, he turns back to shore. Pools are a different story. I botched up the intro of pools when he was younger so there is that and we no longer have one to work him through it.
I know I'm probably over thinking this but if I can combine his favorite thing to do and get him in that drive at the pools ramp, I'm thinking that he will be less hesitant to get in. They do use balls, toys and treats, and do allow the owner to get in if nothing works.
His appt is Tues and I'm just thinking of ways to motivate him and put him in a good mindset to get him in and to keep him swimming rather than wanting to get back out. Initially, the therapist will work with him to help get him in and I believe I will be at the outside walls encouraging him.
I don't want to botch up his hunt drive or training either. Is this idea feasible? Has anyone ever used scent/hunt drive as a motivator.
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Last edited by Heartandsoul; 05-24-2019 at 07:21 AM.