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Springtime Training Tips: Easing Into Water Work

Updated: 3 days ago

In this month's VBlog, I want to talk about water work.

As spring arrives, I can sense your excitement to jump back into training. After months of winter pondering, it's time to tackle those water training goals you've been contemplating. However, before diving headfirst into your ambitious plans, let's talk about the importance of patience.

Whether you're starting swim-by training with a novice dog or fine-tuning water blinds with an older companion, it's crucial to approach early-season water work with caution. One of the first factors to consider is the water temperature. Combining air and water temperatures should reach at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Remember, even if the air feels mild, 50-degree water is colder than you might expect. Rushing into disciplined water work in these conditions could instill a negative attitude towards water and worsen existing issues. Instead, opt for simpler water marks and blinds initially, gradually acclimating your dog to aquatic activities and setting the stage for success.

My early-season training regimen typically starts with straightforward sets of water marks performed as singles. My to-do list includes swim-by review, advanced water marking procedures, and fundamental double and triple water blinds.

With Daylight Savings Time ushering in longer days, you'll have more daylight hours to dedicate to training. Witnessing a confident, well-balanced dog around water is a truly beautiful sight. Remember, it's crucial to tap on the brakes initially and ease into your spring water training routine. Your patience and dedication will undoubtedly yield remarkable results in the future.

Until Next Month,


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Pat, 30” of snow over night, and still snowing. Probably less than half of your 120 degree standard Any recommendations for training in the snow?

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