Sorry. I have posted here before without _just_ singing the praises of my Tess, but she keeps amazing me. I do not teach tricks, just watch what she does every now and then.
She went into the inlet today, just walking in the shallows, and started lapping the water (my fault. I was caught out and had none for her). I said no. So she came out of the water. So I said "swim Tess" and she went back and lapped at the water again.
So I sad "Tess swim Tess no drink"...and she did.
Ok. maybe just chance...but then she went back into the water about 15 mins later and started sort of hobby horsing instead of just walking, and with each rock her chin just happened to dip into the water...then she looked at me and came back out of the water.
I went and found a drink for her.
I have had other dogs, some more bright and proactive than others. None of them was dumb. So I have learned to watch and appreciate dogs' ways a bit. This one gets me again and again.
Just so as to not strain the bounds too far, Tess does know "Drink for Tess" and "Swim".