Patronus had his first ever swimming lesson over Memorial Day weekend. The weather was hot and sunny, and the air was muggy, which was the perfect recipe for coaxing a big, fluffy dog into a nice cold pool.
While we did have general plans to teach Patronus to swim over the summer, getting him a pool at the time that we did was kind of a spur of the moment decision. Let me tell you, finding a plastic kiddie pool for a giant breed dog on Memorial Day weekend was no easy feat. When I got to the store, the man told me all of the non-inflatable pools were sold out. I happened to find one pool left, but it was a super tiny baby-sized one, and there was no way Patronus would be able to fit in it. Disappointed, I headed over to the grocery section to pick up a few things for dinner, then meandered my way over to the checkout line feeling defeated. That was when I saw ONE random kiddie pool, cast aside into a random aisle, and I knew it was mine. Score!
Being a notoriously stubborn breed of dog, I wasn’t sure how he was going to respond to the idea of getting into a pool. Thanks to the help of his favorite treats and toys, plus some praise and encouragement, Patronus was comfortable getting into the water and diving for some of his toys by the end of the day.