Black and White Sunday: Swimming with the Big Boys

With her life jacket secured, Shiva can even keep up with the labs at the lake. Well, almost. She prefers to let the other dogs swim out to get the ball and then steal it when they return toshore. But it’s a start.

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20 thoughts on “Black and White Sunday: Swimming with the Big Boys

    • We only bought it in late fall last year and I’ve found it really helps with her remaining fears of open water. She still doesn’t like to go in to wear she can’t touch the bottom but this last time she ended up going in pretty deep to wear she had to swim for over five seconds. It was a real breakthrough. The jacket gives her just that much more confidence that she won’t drown and the monsters won’t get her. 😛

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  1. Pretty picture.

    Bella will be having her first taste of the ocean later in September. She’s not one for the water so we’re kind of curious what she’ll think of it. Should I get her a lifejacket?

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    • It’s up to you but I found it helped Shiva. It’s all about baby steps. Shiva’s biggest fear has always been water. She was even terrified of water bottles when we first adopted her and wouldn’t go near her water dish unless we stood in the next room. The fact that three years later she is finally able to actually swim on her own for five whole seconds is pretty huge. I’d love for her to be confident enough in the water to jump in off a dock one day but am not sure we’ll ever get there.

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      • Wow – I had no idea. What a wonderful accomplishment this picture shows knowing that. 😮

        I’m just not sure which Bella would be more afraid of: the water or the jacket. lol

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  2. Hi Kristine , I started out swimming with a life vest on as it helped keep me “up” in the water and feel more secure. But I always had my mom and my swim coach in the pool with me. After a few sessions in the pool, my swim coach thought that it was time for me to try swimming without my vest and she was right. I’ve been swimming for about a year and a half each weekend just with my swim coach Bre. So leave Shiva with her vest and at some point down the road, maybe Shiva will feel comfortable enough to go in without it. But we agree, this is a great start. Ah Kristine, why do you have water wings? 🙂

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  3. So love Shiva in her vest! Jasper operates under the same premise. Let others get the ball and then steal it. 🙂

    I love that you got her a vest.

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  5. Shiva is looking so relaxed and happy:) Lovely photo. Hanging with Labs will probably help her get more fun from the water too. It’s good to know the lifejacket has helped. Don’t think I’ll get one for Beryl though … she’s probably swum for a whole 10 seconds in her life, but I don’t really want her swimming in the sea. She and I are happy with her splashing in the shallow stuff.

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