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    James was running under the hose whilst it was on this afternoon and got himself wet, but he didn't shake himself dry. He's only been lightly wet before (never bathed) so I figured when he didn't do it then it was because he didn't think himself particularly wet, but he was fairly sodden today.

    I was just interested - is shaking something he'll learn as time goes on or is he just a bit thick?

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    I had to teach Batty to shake. I just very lightly blew at his ear and said "shake it" when he shook. Now he shakes himself whenever someone says "shake it".

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    All mine have done it naturally. They shake if they want to or remain sodden on a hot day.

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    Interesting thought AGB I once thought all dogs could just swim too until one of ours jumped into deep water and just did not get the hang of staying afloat, he did learn fast and enjoyed the water after that, maybe, like us dogs need to learn all skills although I think instinct does kick in for they do seem to pick things up very fast.

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    The blowing in the ear trick is fantastic! so simple. Thanks Angela.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minibulls mum View Post
    Interesting thought AGB I once thought all dogs could just swim too until one of ours jumped into deep water and just did not get the hang of staying afloat, he did learn fast and enjoyed the water after that, maybe, like us dogs need to learn all skills although I think instinct does kick in for they do seem to pick things up very fast.
    Sorry M&M I only just saw this!

    I actually had to teach my rescue ACD to swim. It took about 4 months of swimming twice a week. Now he knows how to swim and that it's fun and loves racing and jumping in the water!

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    Our setter does not shake when wet. It can be inherent in some breeds not to due to their work (back when they were used for bird retrieving to bring food to the table).

    I don't know about now but you used to loose points if your dog had the dummy bird and it shook when it came out of the water. Damage to the bird.

    Gemma is not bothered by water at all I would be quite happy to stay wet all day. Grrrrr

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    Dora shakes and swims naturally.

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    Yeah, I finally got around to given him a bath for the first time yesterday (will not be doing that again anytime soon!) and he shook himself repeatedly. So obviously he just must not have minded being wet the previous times he's been dripping.

    Interesting to hear that some dogs don't though.

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    Ziggy learned to shake by herself. She doesn't do it all the time, or even when she's the same level of 'wetness', I guess it's a comfort thing.

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