Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Gently, gently...into the water

Skye, the golden lab, hates water. She's a regular client at the hydro and is happy to have her massage and light therapy but doesn't want to have anything to do with the pools.

Michelle decided that she needs to at least try to swim as it'll only benefit her and her elbow and hip dysplasia. Holly (her companion) watches from the water's edge trying to get the treats if Skye misses one.

Our policy is never to force an animal into the water (fear will not be beneficial when you need them to co-operate) but to introduce them to it slowly, and in a positive way. Skye is enticed with floating treats and soon forgets about her wet feet.

Look at her!! Chest deep...that's a huge achievement for her.

Wow...right up to her neck...next time she'll be taken deeper (with the life vest) and eventually she will do some proper swimming rehab.

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