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Old 07-07-2013, 09:22 AM
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Ahhh, another 110+ day! Yuck. Here's a picture tutorial on how we walk the dog in this heat.

Step 1: Get your cooter and put 'em in the pool.
Step 2: Tell your anal-retentive old fat Lab there's a cooter in the pool, go get it.
Step 3: Relax with a frosty beverage while the dog obsesses over the cooter.

It's just that easy!!
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LOL...did she ever catch it?
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She can, but she's knows not to hurt it, because it's a game we play with her. She just frets over the cooter more than anything else. Swimming is the best exercise for her as she's gotten older.
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Wow, I just come in from tinkering with my tin boat,covered in sweat ;?

only 85* out ,

Think humidity has anything to do with it;?
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My parents lab used to sleep on the top step of the pool during the summer. Head on the deck, body in the water. It was hilarious to hear my dad complain about the hair in the filter.
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Rum and Coke? Love those glasses.
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Originally Posted by atcfris View Post
Rum and Coke? Love those glasses.
Actually, it's the Admiral's brandy and Coke... I'm a vodka guy, but her drink was handy.

Best drink glasses...ever! We have a complete collection of them in different sizes. Mexican hand blown glass. They last forever. Let me know if you want a set (4?) of that size. I'll pick 'em up for ya next time I'm down. They usually have dark blue or green, ours are a lighter blue that's harder to find.
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Originally Posted by Dulcecita Lures View Post
Actually, it's the Admiral's brandy and Coke... I'm a vodka guy, but her drink was handy.

Best drink glasses...ever! We have a complete collection of them in different sizes. Mexican hand blown glass. They last forever. Let me know if you want a set (4?) of that size. I'll pick 'em up for ya next time I'm down. They usually have dark blue or green, ours are a lighter blue that's harder to find.
I used to have a huge collection of them, but over the years and through all the moves, they have slowly vanished. They are the best glasses ever, I think ours used to have horse hair in some of them! How much are they these days in your neck of the woods?
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Oh heck, I have no idea how much, but since I'm buying them in Mexico, they aren't all that expensive. Plus, you can always negotiate the asking price. Seems like I'm thinking maybe $20 for four of them? They last so long I don't think we've bought any new ones in the past couple years.

Was just checking online for a comparison - this (set of 4; $35): http://www.directfrommexico.com/cv5031.html
and this @ $10.95 each: http://www.mexgrocer.com/14va52235.html
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win win situation. To this day cant figure it out but my lab WILL NOT go in the pool. Not sure he is all there ;?
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walk your dog in the pool- - question ? who gets to collect the floaters???

btw - make mine a Rum and coke -easy on the ice- please
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Originally Posted by Dulcecita Lures View Post
Oh heck, I have no idea how much, but since I'm buying them in Mexico, they aren't all that expensive. Plus, you can always negotiate the asking price. Seems like I'm thinking maybe $20 for four of them? They last so long I don't think we've bought any new ones in the past couple years.

Was just checking online for a comparison - this (set of 4; $35): http://www.directfrommexico.com/cv5031.html
and this @ $10.95 each: http://www.mexgrocer.com/14va52235.html
Thanks for the links DL! It's time to re-establish our collection! I like the beer mug ones too!
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That works on the east coast to!! Even with dogs that have a fear of the water.

Nya my 16 month old pitty mix who up untill about 4 days ago had what seemed to be an uncureable fear of water just discovered with a little help and training that the pool is a cool place to be when it is to hot to walk or run.. With a little more work she will be ready for some dock diving..

It is amazing what a little bit of the right kind of traiing can do for a dog..

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I have one question for you, How the hell do you stand the heat in summer down there? I'm just pasty ass fat white guy that was down there for the last two weeks. It was like being in an oven, check that, a convection oven because the wind was blowing most of the time. I'm surprised everyone down there doesn't look jerky that has legs. It does seem like a person does get used to the heat though, We stopped in Sacramento on the way home, it was only 98 my wife needed her sweater, I just had to put on long pants.

Man I feel sorry for your lab, that poor dog has to go from being in the pool to under an AC vent, when dry, repeat.

All in all I found that everyone we meant down there was very helpful and pleasant. I'm also shocked at how big Phoenix and it suburbs are. It does seem like a long way to go to get to the place where you can fish though..
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Originally Posted by On The Edge 1 View Post
That works on the east coast to!! Even with dogs that have a fear of the water.

Nya my 16 month old pitty mix who up untill about 4 days ago had what seemed to be an uncureable fear of water just discovered with a little help and training that the pool is a cool place to be when it is to hot to walk or run.. With a little more work she will be ready for some dock diving..

It is amazing what a little bit of the right kind of traiing can do for a dog..

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Which would be? I have a Rhodie that will play in ANY natural body of water...the pool ain't happenin'.
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I have one question for you, How the hell do you stand the heat in summer down there? I'm just pasty ass fat white guy that was down there for the last two weeks. It was like being in an oven, check that, a convection oven because the wind was blowing most of the time. I'm surprised everyone down there doesn't look jerky that has legs. It does seem like a person does get used to the heat though, We stopped in Sacramento on the way home, it was only 98 my wife needed her sweater, I just had to put on long pants.

Man I feel sorry for your lab, that poor dog has to go from being in the pool to under an AC vent, when dry, repeat.

All in all I found that everyone we meant down there was very helpful and pleasant. I'm also shocked at how big Phoenix and it suburbs are. It does seem like a long way to go to get to the place where you can fish though..
Yeah, but it's a dry heat. I'm with you. Fook that chit.
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Which would be? I have a Rhodie that will play in ANY natural body of water...the pool ain't happenin'.
Your Rhodie's fear is obviously not of water but of the pool itself. Be it the smell, size, shape, water, clarity, etc., it is irrelevant. Any fear a canine has can be overcome. A canine needs to be trained like a canine. It is all about patience and consistency.. All training sessions regardless of what the goal is should end as a positive experience for the dog, even if the ultimate goal is not reached. If you give up prior to that or end the session as a negative experience for the dog you have in fact reinforced the negative or fear and may have made it worse. So you must be committed to ending it as a positive for the dog no matter how long it takes to happen..

Here is an example.

Over the winter I decided my 2 pitties needed more exercise because my schedule was so busy I did not always have the time after work to walk/run them as much as I should.
I picked up a used treadmill on craigslist for 50 bucks and tried to get both dogs on it. NOT Happening!!! Both dogs were scared shitless of it.. When I put them on it and turned it on they both completely freaked out. It got to the point they would not go anywhere near it..

I talked to a friend of mine that specializes in agility, obedience, and behavioral training for bully breeds.. She explained to me the how’s and whys of getting them both on it, what I was doing wrong, what I needed to expect, and what I needed to do differently. I then scheduled a time for her to train me on how to train them.

I took what she showed me and applied it exactly how she explained. The thing i was doing most wrong was giving up when the dogs started to freak out. (My emotions got the best of me) What i was doing was telling the dog that if you freak out you don’t need to do this, and it is OK.

Curtis my oldest (7/yo APBT/Boxer mix) was first. He took the longest time, but after using the training I learned, and watching him seriously freak out for about 2 solid mins when i turned on the treadmill, exactly what the trainer explained was going to happen, happened.. It was literally like someone turned on a switch, he just stop freaking out and just started to walk like it was no ones business. After that it took about 45 mins of repeated On, Walk, Off, On, Walk, Off, and he would not only get on and off on command, but would stay on it and walk on the treadmill without being leashed to it.. Curtis is still not crazy about the thing, but he does it when asked, partly because, one of the strongest traits of his breed is the need to please, that and he now knows the treadmill is nothing to fear..

Nya my youngest (1y/o AMstaff/American Bulldog mix) took literally 4 mins and only freaked out for 15 seconds and again like someone turned on a switch she just started to walk. She now runs on it 2 twice a day for 30 mins at 4 mph, and absolutely loves the thing. All you need to do is ask her if she wants to walk and she goes in, gets on it ,and stands there looking at you until you turn it on..

What I learned most while training the dogs to walk on the treadmill, is the human in many cases needs as much training as the dog, often times more..

I applied the same basic techniques to getting Nya in the pool this past week. She went from being absolutely scared shitless of the water, to being a swimming water loving fool in a total of 2 hours. Now I open the gate and she is the first one in the pool.

Neither of these dogs are particularly special in what they are, or where they came from. They are 2 very different dogs, and both are rescues. Nya comes from the streets, Curtis from several abusive homes, and both are “pitbull” mixes. It is the “Pitbull” part of them that gives them the willingness to learn a task, the determination to complete and master that task, and the need to please their leader..

If I can get mine in the pool, I am pretty sure anyone can.

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Originally Posted by finadict View Post
I have one question for you, How the hell do you stand the heat in summer down there? I'm just pasty ass fat white guy that was down there for the last two weeks. It was like being in an oven, check that, a convection oven because the wind was blowing most of the time. I'm surprised everyone down there doesn't look jerky that has legs. It does seem like a person does get used to the heat though, We stopped in Sacramento on the way home, it was only 98 my wife needed her sweater, I just had to put on long pants.

Man I feel sorry for your lab, that poor dog has to go from being in the pool to under an AC vent, when dry, repeat.

All in all I found that everyone we meant down there was very helpful and pleasant. I'm also shocked at how big Phoenix and it suburbs are. It does seem like a long way to go to get to the place where you can fish though..
Living here in the Valley of the Sun requires reverse logic. I've been here close to 35 years now. Yes, it's hot. Yes, you do get used to it, but it doesn't make it any less hot. Where the reverse logic comes in is that most of us would rather put up with a couple of months of heat, because the rest of the year is so..... damned... nice! And as the saying goes, you don't have to shovel heat!

Fishing - There are local lakes within reasonable distance of Phoenix. I used to go and boat and fish them all the time, but haven't been in a few years. Too many freakin' amateurs. Instead, I keep my boat down in Puerto Penasco, Mexico and fish the beautiful Sea of Cortez. 225 miles, about a 4 hour drive. Well worth it. Alternately, a lot of folks opt for San Diego from here. But yeah, there's no saltwater three steps from my back door.

Labs have a unique semi-waterproof coat. The water doesn't really saturate it like other breeds. She gets out of the pool, shakes off, goes and lays in the shade in the grass for a few minutes, and then she's dry enough to go in the house. She loves that cool air after being in the pool!
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on the edge, do tell, just what method you used for getting your dog in the pool. Mine will swim at beach, at sandbar etc, just not doing the pool
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Labs have a unique semi-waterproof coat. The water doesn't really saturate it like other breeds. She gets out of the pool, shakes off, goes and lays in the shade in the grass for a few minutes, and then she's dry enough to go in the house. She loves that cool air after being in the pool!
We had a Chocolate Lab until a couple years ago, best animal I've ever owned. He had the whole family trained in a matter months. He wouldn't go in the pool though, any other water he was all in, just not the pool. When it got warm here, which I've determined equates to a cold spell down there. The dog would start to pant and his tongue grew to about 4 times the size of his mouth. I've no idea were he kept the tongue when he wasn't panting though.

I really do like it down there, it was just temperature shock when we arrived. My truck even revolted and trashed it's AC compressor just to get even with us for taking it down there in the summer.

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