Maya’s first trip to the beach

10 Jan

Maya was probably about 15 weeks old when we first took her to the beach. We waited until we new that she was good at recall because there are always lots of other dogs running around off their lead along the beach (that’s one of the reasons we love going there with her). The sea was calm and sand banks had been formed so that there were shallow pools of still water. Perfect for introducing a puppy to the fun of the ocean.

At first, she wasn’t sure about the water at all, and needed lots of gentle persuasion to even get her feet wet…

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Eventually, she did grow more confident and follow me into the water a little bit deeper. She was happy to paddle, but wasn’t so keen when we went deeper and she had to actually swim!

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After having a little swim and a paddle, she decided it was much more fun to just run up and down along the sand, following after me.

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We continued to take her down to the beach and encourage her to go into the water by going in with her or throwing her toys in for her to go and get, but she was never too keen. Eventually, what really persuaded her to take the dive was when she followed her little friend (Cavalier Spaniel, Alfie) into the water. Since then she has been unstoppable and even on the coldest days with the biggest waves she will dive straight in!

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