Saturday, July 9, 2011

Jumping Spotty!

Oh my poor neglected little spotty blog...one of these days I'll get back to regular updates. Hopefully. :) I'm sure y'all are getting real tired of swimming videos, but considering it is very HOT down here, and we haven't been doing a whole lot of training in general, that's about all I've got for the time being.

I'm a few weeks behind, but I thought I'd share Derby's first time diving off the "big kid" dock. At first, he really wasn't sure what he was supposed to do (and boy was he MAD), but after I jumped in, the lightbulb came on. I felt a little ridiculous, but hey - it worked. :)


Last week he didn't think twice about jumping right in - he did great! At this point, he's pretty much jumping from a standstill, but he seems to be getting the hang of it so I'm guessing we'll start adding a little bit of distance in soon. At the very end we introduced the "speed retrieve", which admittedly wasn't super speedy but considering he's not exactly a "water dog", I think he did pretty darn good. And oh my gosh, is he not ADORABLE!?


These videos make me smile. :) So much fun! I do have some other random training thoughts and updates to share, but they will have to wait until my brain is fully functional. In addition to having a crazy busy schedule lately, I've been really sick this past week and am just now starting to feel slightly human again. Soon!

14 comments:

Dog Blogging With Luna said...

Can I bring Luna over so you can teach her how to jump? Oh wait, she needs swimming lessons first! :)

Kim said...

We would *love* to have Luna over! She doesn't swim? Isn't that...anti-Golden? :)

I bet Derby would just LOVE her!

Lisa said...

LOVE the dock diving Derby videos! He's doing great...and way to "jump right in" to your training, Kim! It certainly gave Derby the right idea, and looked like fun, too! How cool that you have such a nice place to train and a fun activity during the hot summer weather. Keep up the good work!!

Sherri said...

Kim, he makes me smile, too. Oh..and Sydney was in the room with me when Derby barked...she jumped up and looked around the room!! She enjoyed the video also!!

Kim said...

Thanks, girls! He's such a goof. :)

Sherri, this boy has a MOUTH on him. I edited out most of his "chatter". I'm glad Sydney approved!

achieve1dream said...

I'm not at all tired of the swimming videos. I love them. :)

It's funny how the guy was saying that was the first time anyone has ever jumped in. I think it's awesome! You showed Derby that there was nothing to be afraid of. He trusts you.

Have they ever had a Dalmatian train there before? I bet they all love him. He's such a character.

Kim said...

Aww, thanks! I'm glad I'm not boring everyone. :)

I'm not sure if he's the first spotty they've worked with or not...I should ask!

Paula said...

LOVE these! It looks like so much fun for both of you. Where do you go for this?

Kim said...

It's out by Myakka State Park (currently) on Sunday mornings...if you ever want their contact info, shoot me an e-mail. :)

cate said...

I just can't get over how beautiful Derby is - absolutely stunning and the videos are wonderful :)

Kim said...

Thanks, Cate! Derby sends puppy hugs. :)

D.A said...

So cute, Jax is still trying to get the whole swimming thing down he goes out as far as he can on his hind legs then try's to swim, I bought him a life jacket to teach him to float...and went in with him he is catching on! ... He doesnt at all hesitate to dunk his entire head under the water and blow bubbles its darn cute!! GO Derby go !!

D & Jax
www.highgatesstormtracker.blogspot.com

Kim said...

Yay D & Jax!! I would love to see him blow bubbles! :)

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