In the sea foam green sea, Miles suddenly realized he had wandered into deeper waters. His body had begun to float, and he was unsure of what to do. He became worried! Miles’ muscular shoulders tipped down, his beard dipped into the water, and his hind end floated up to the surface, like a buoy.
Miles pushed his ears back with concern! But always a problem-solver in the face of fear, he began experimenting. He lifted up his front legs to balance his body in the water. He started a few jerky, tense small doggie paddle motions with his legs. All of the sudden, the sensation of floating seemed less frightening!
Miles didn’t know he could move this way, gliding through the smooth water with ease! His little eyebrows relaxed — who knew little tufts of fur could be so expressive — and he began to paddle through the warm sea. His back was lapped with the gentle water, and his body relaxed. Miles could swim!
Emma Kesler, CDBC, CPDT-KA is a terrier behavior specialist who has been conducting live online sessions and behavior consultations for a decade. Emma shares her life with her Welsh Terrier, Miles. When Miles was young he was deemed "impossible to train" by a veterinarian and several trainers, who recommended resorting to punishment-based methods. The quest to figure out how to work terriers in new and different ways became Emma's passion. Miles is Emma's trusted copilot, has set many performance records for terriers, and best of all, helps Emma coach others on how to share absolutely wonderful lives with their terriers.
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