Jack's Swimming Lesson.....

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  1. sillysally

    sillysally Obey the Toad.

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    DH is going to work on trying to get the DVD on the computer so that I can post part of it...but here are the pics...

    They did cavaleties first (if anyone recognizes that toy in his mouth let me know--he loved it and I'd like to get him one)...

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    Getting into the pool....He likes to swim in lakes but really did not like pools in the beginning of this session....

    The therapist is holding a treat to try to lure him onto the first step.....

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    Finally she got him in--I love that she took her time with him instead of just grabbing him by the life jacket and hauling him in. you can't see it here but there is a shelf in the pool before it gets deep that they walk them back and forth on first...

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    After a few more minutes she convinced him to come out and swim with her....

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    Part way through the session she stopped and massaged him...

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    He got more confident with each time out and by the end of it was swimming just like he was in the lake...

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    And after, of course, he had to do post swimming zoomies....We tried to reason with him, telling him it was not good for his elbow, but he ignored us and we had to corral him instead...

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    PixieSticksandTricks Athletic Labs. They Exist

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    Awww he looks like once he got over he fears he really enjoyed it.

    And I know those post swiming zoomies all too well ;).
     
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    sillysally Obey the Toad.

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    I think he disliked the pool so much because of physical therapy. He had never swam before and they gave him about 2 seconds to check the pool out before they grabbed him by his life jacket and pulled him in. They then held in the middle of the pool by the life jacket while he flailed. I was actually afraid he would never swim, but he took to the lake like a lab should--he just would never go near a pool.

    I am really grateful they took time with him--I think it made all the difference.
     
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    Renee750il Felurian

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    Looks like he has an amazing therapist :) You can't be impatient with animals. Ever.
     

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