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Yes, I know Swissies weren't bred for water rescue. But since Dick was teaching it, we decided that it was worth a 2 hour drive each way. Mouse has really surprised me. He's taken to the water like a natural and extreme enthusiastic about saving people. Twice in one training session he's ripped through his soft crate to do a rescue. So much for the crate, at least he's got great instincts.
Recommended books: Water Work, Water Play by Judi Adler This book has a REALLY great section on control and suggestions for problems in training. That section is a MUST for 99.9% of all dog owners out there. Dog Works and the Newf National Club should have it. Email me if you cannot find the book.
A Dog and his Bumper
I got it.
Basil is unimpressed with the waves.
Look, a dirty mop.
Mouse and Brooke go for bumpers.
Brooke Swenson and I go for a ride.
And it's a human not looking at the camera?
Mouse rescuing the kiddos
Mouse and his bumper
Mouse going off the boat.
Mouse starting to swim at 11 weeks
Jumping off the boat! Dick Rowing.
On the boat with Mommy and Dick
Towing in Dick during a Save. Go Mouse Go!
Chase and Buddy going for a ride with Dick rowing.
Janice's new puppy, Brook. Isn't she adorable?
Buddy bringing back Dick's cane. Then he proceeds to tow the boat to shore.
Chase getting ready to tow the boat.
Who did the 7 ft tall park ranger find? I think its a little Mouse! Mouse just earned his SWET!
Towing in the big boat! WET DOG demo.
Not only did Mouse get his life jacket, he also towed in a "victim." Mouse says, "Kill two birds with one stone."
Watching over the waters at the Old West Newf Club Water Test, Lake Kiowa, TX.
Sunning himself. What's a life guard to do?
Going out and coming back for a circle.
No limit on the number of drowners he'll pick up in one trip.
Mouse and kids.