Of course at first, Athena was a bit afraid of the pool. She initially thought it was a gigantic water bowl, but after we threw in a few treats, she got brave and poked her head under the water. Athena didn't do a full splash in the pool until we threw her ball in though.
To make pool time more fun, we recently purchased a water toy make by ChuckIt that floats in the pool. It turns out that Athena loves the thing almost as much as she loves her ball! We like to toss the bumper toy into the kiddie pool, and then Athena chases after it. It also make a great tug toy for practicing "drop it" and "tug."
All of Athena's pool splashing has got us thinking that we'd like to try dock diving in the near future with Cascade Dock Dogs!
Does your dog love the water?