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Cottage Long Weekend.

Very fun for Marley! He has proven himself an awsome swimmer that jumps in the water after you as he thinks some one is drowning! If your not careful you'll end up with scratches all over you.

One big problem, he likes the ducks and they like to tease him. Marley will jump in after them and they will swim out so he swims part back and so do the ducks. He notices them getting closer and decides to go back out. This happened for about 10 minutes and eventually he got probilly more than 60 feet out from shore.(at this point i was taking my boots off and looking for my fins to catch him) u can call him as much and loud as you want but and he might turn back. Then the ducks follow and it starts all over.

Anyone have any suggestions, and yes he is under 90% supervision so we know when hes in the water.

Ps ill see if i can get some pictures up
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Maybe until he can get his recall stronger get one of those long leads that are like 25 ft long. I have heard that the geese will take a dog way out and tire it out.




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Marley's a lucky girl to have this experience!

I agree with BeauShel about working on a strong recall. We have seagulls and piping plovers here that are far more interesting to Maggie than me. I use a 20 foot floating rope when we go to the beach (less apt to get tangled in her legs and drag her down) and supervise 100% of the time.

You can teach Marley to circle around you rather than paw at you. Put a treat in one hand and lure her from front to back and around to the other side by transferring the treat from one hand to the other from behind. Give her the treat once she completes the circle. Practice this in the water and on land as well as with other people. Once she gets the concept, add the verbal cue "circle".

Let's see some pictures!
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What beautiful area. And I can see why Marley loves those tantalizing ducks. He's a water dawg for sure!
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I keep a long lead on Rookie when he's swimming. It's kind of funny, actually, he likes to dive and grab the end of the lead. He looks like a duck himself when he dives for it.

Rookie's recall is pretty good, but by no means perfect around distractions. I did some recall practice with him at the lake when the ducks were around. I used a tin of sardines as a treat. He went bonkers over the sardines. He could be running at full speed towards a duck and if I called him to "Come," he would spin on a dime and come back because he knew I had sardines. After a few recalls, I switched it up with some other treats.


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well i will be back up there in a couple weeks so i will definately practice some recall up there as well as down here (which hes already decent with). And it is definately a beautiful place all year round to check out.
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