At Best Gun Dogs, we believe in the importance of introducing puppies to water early on in their training journey. Yesterday, after a productive session of bird work, we took the puppies down to the pond to begin their water introduction.
As the temperatures warm up, it's the perfect time to familiarize our young companions with the joys of water. We opted for a group approach, knowing that those puppies eager to dive right in would encourage any timid ones to follow suit. With this being many of the puppies' first time in the water, we allowed them to explore at their own pace, without pressure.
Observing their reactions was a delight—some enthusiastically dove into the water, while others took tentative steps, gradually gaining confidence with each dip. Our goal is to show them that water is fun, refreshing, and full of excitement. Once they grasp this concept, we'll progress to more focused retrieving exercises, ensuring they're prepared to retrieve birds from water without hesitation.
Introducing puppies to water at a young age lays a solid foundation for future water training endeavors. As they grow and advance in their training, this early exposure will prove invaluable, making water training a seamless and enjoyable experience for both dog and handler.
Stay tuned for more updates on our puppies' training adventures and the rewarding journey of water training at Best Gun Dogs.