Copper's little doggie pool came in. They do come in smaller and bigger sizes. I was looking for one that was big for Copper to lay down in and small enough so my hens could get in and out of.
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This doggie pool is for Copper's water desensitizing training. I'm hoping one day, he go in it on his own and lay down on a nice hot day like my hen did yesterday and a little today already. The pictures below are from his 2nd training session. Yesterday afternoon, Copper got to smell and check out the pool. He was shaking once he realized there was water in it (not enough to cover the top of his paws). This is his normal reaction to anything that could have water in it or water related: a cup, a hose, his bowl, rain of any kind, etc. He's a 1/4 lab a breed well known for their love of water.... I just need to break this fear of water, so this part of him can come out. Copper has the Lab's head shape and webbed feet. I tossed in some food to encourage him to get closer to the pool, but he didn't know how to get the food on the water.
Today, I taught Copper how to get the food and his ball out of the water. I started with teaching him how to get food out of the water. First with my hand under the water and slowly as he got the hang of it removed my hand.
Once he was good with this new skill, we moved on to the ball. As he gets more confidence picking the ball up from the water, I lower it a little deeper the next time. I'll also let him play a few rounds of fetch. This session was about 2 hours and they'll be another this afternoon.
When Copper steps in on his own, he gets a higher value treat and lots of 'good boy' and pets. This is the first time I haven't seen Copper nervous or shaking around water or start to shake off water when I petted him with a wet hand.
All 4 paws are in
By the end of this training session, there were lots of crumbs in the water. Hens love dog food.
Copper sniffing around figuring out what Feisty keeps pecking at.
This session was focused on Copper going in the pool and standing with all 4 paws in. If he does well with this afternoon's session, we'll move on to sitting in the pool. Below is Copper after his training session. He's sleep barking and kicking his feet.