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Bonnie the Collie (from the beginning)

When I was a teacher I always looked for something special in each student. I tried to find out what they liked and what they were good at. Focusing on their strengths allowed the students to be more successful and have more fun.

It's not much different with dogs. Each dog is different. Each dog has his or her own likes and dislikes. Some dogs are more skilled than others. It's our job as dog owners to find opportunities for our dogs or puppies to be successful.

I mentioned in an earlier blog that Bonnie liked water. I knew that because I noticed she put her feet in her water dish the first day we had her. So every morning we play with water, usually with the child's pool in my yard.

Then I noticed that Bonnie was fascinated by the sprinklers. She just goes out into the yard and walks right through the water. It doesn't bother her at all.

puppy running in sprinkler

 Here she is moving in close.

puppy playing in sprinkler

Here's Bonnie taking a huge drink! Bonnie grabs water fun wherever she can!

puppy playing in sprinkler

Yesterday, I put more water in the pool and just let Bonnie do what she wanted to with the water. Notice in the video below how Bonnie braves a little more water each time she puts a foot into the pool.

When you think about your dog and what you'd like to do with her, pay attention to her natural talents. If she's already good at something, do it more. She'll have more fun and so will you.

So what can I do with a dog who loves water? Well, we can learn to swim, go to the beach, learn dock diving and have fun or even compete. Bonnie will be much easier to bathe because she likes water. She can also entertain herself while I sit and watch. Most importantly, Bonnie and I can have fun together. That makes both of us happy.

Be sure to check out the video of Bonnie playing in the swimming pool!


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