Water Rescue, Water Work
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This book provides advice on teaching dogs how to enjoy water activities. It is based on the author's experience in teaching water work over the past 20 years. Water rescue work is associated with large breeds, such as the Newfoundland whose double coat and large webbed feet provide buoyancy and swimming drive. However, most dogs can swim and if they can swim they can be taught to perform various water exercises. This step by step illustrated guide to teaching water work is designed for both novice and experienced handlers who are looking for an enjoyable and non-coercive approach, based on rewards. We begin with advice to master each exercise initially on land; for example, targeting, circling humans, handling ropes and buoyancy aids, performing retrieves and above all paying full attention to the handler as provider of reward and fun. Transferring to water is a continuation of enjoyable exercises where the dog gains confidence working with humans and nautical equipment. Included here is advice on teaching retrieves, rescues, and boat-work. There is an additional section which addresses problems, such as loss of motivation, and how to identify and rectify such problems. This book is 32 pages long and contains a wealth of information. Softcover. Limited Supply.