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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 06-11-2011, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Trip to Ocean

Since it was so hot lately, I decided to take my two knuckleheads(Chris-17 months and Mutz-17 weeks) to the ocean for some water testing. I also wanted to see recovery on puppy to water. Went to a pier over the water that is in about 5 to 6 feet of water. Once off the pier the dogs can swim right under the pier to land. I take a stick with both of them(first time for both dogs over their head in water) and throw the stick into the water. Both dogs jumped straight out into the water,(Of course Chris got the stick as Mutz always follows), and then realization of water being over their head kicks in they both start paddlin for the shore and do their shake. Now for the test part, I then went back up on pier and threw the stick again, and both dogs jumped in again and came back to shore. Was very interested in seeing how the younger one would handle the shock/stress of being over his head and more importantly how would he recover. Guess I'm pretty satisfied....lol. Sidenote, this is important to me because for the dogs to graduate the police dog academy in NJ, they have to go into the water up to a man's chest and apprehend a man. You'd be surprised how many dogs really have a problem with this, many dogs get to where their feet are no longer touching the ground and won't go any further. So I was really pleased with both but especially the young guy as I am still learnin his boundaries....pretty much know Chris's capabilities Wasn't sure if the puppy with his Czech background had the nerves to handle this....lol...psych!!
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No pics of the outing? My GSD, Merc, is our first to LOVE the water. It is so much fun.

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Sounds like they are keepers!

Good job to both of them. My problem with Stark (even as a tiny pup) was keeping him OUT of the water!

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Mutz is a brave puppy!

I think the ocean, near a pier would have some swells that most dogs would think twice about entering. Flat water is one thing, waves another. Not sure my dogs would jump right in for a stick...a frisbee probably.
To save or capture a man, I doubt it.
Unless it was our Schh helper, Karlo would charge right in, I think.

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well Cliff you could always consider dock diving with them Sounds like they'd both fit right into it)

I take Masi, (now that the weather is warm!) down to the ocean, she loves those huge waves, I think she may need a surfboard..

We have a place on the river where their is a nice pier for her to do her dock diving thing, it is a hoot to see them take off and launch and come right back for more

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I agree that once they get hooked....they love it.
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I've noticed more dogs have an issue with a pool/clear water than waves/ocean. Nikon has never given the type of open water, the depth, or size of waves a second thought before flying in but had to "figure out" that a clear pool is the same thing before launching off the diving board. Then you see the lightbulb go off like, "oh duh, this is the same thing as Lake Michigan!"

Pan would not jump in a clear pool last weekend which was disappointing, haven't tried him in "regular" water (river, ocean, lake) yet though. Actually now that I think of it he went in the pond at work twice when he was about 10 weeks but after that everything froze over.
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most of mine had no problem jumping in a clear pool, but I figure the ones who wouldn't, just like to jump in muddy water))

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You know those DDR and Czech dogs are nervy Cliff..... nerves of steel

The first time I took my girl Pecora to my parents house, she walked over and looked at the swimming pool, backed up about 10 feet, and the took off running and DOVE into it. I laughed pretty hard until I was told to go fish her out to protect the pool liner.

Sound like your pup Mutz is a little go-getter.
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Thanks Mary, yeah I think both dogs have good nerve for working dogs, but both are also very calm in all normal situations, never bark in crate without reason, don't try to break out of the crate or any other confinement they are in, very social in new situations, and not afraid to explore new things regardless of surface, noise, or smells. Kinda dogs that you put them somewhere and train them and they will have no problem learning it. I kinda like dogs like that.
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