Zoey's Mommy Posted December 20, 2013 Report Share Posted December 20, 2013 Zoey (15 mo. old BC) has a fear of the lake we are at almost every weekend year-round. Lake Cumberland is a large, deep, clear lake surrounded by wilderness, limestone cliffs, located in the foothills of the Cumberland mountains. Vastly undeveloped except for locations near marinas. Boat ramps are steep, no shallow areas, especially on the west end of the lake, where we like to call our second home. There aren't any swim beaches so our swimming is done off of our boat. She doesn't mind the boat rides, it's when we go swimming that makes her nervous. It can get very hot during the summer months and we do alot of boating and swimming and when we get in the water, she gets nervous. She pokes her head over the side of the boat and peeks at us, then hides under the helm seat. We have to literally drag her out from under there if a treat doesn't work. When we have been able to get her in the water it is with her life jacket on with built in handles and we carefully drop her in with my husband waiting in the water to accept her and reassure her. The water is warm, and she seems ok with putzing around for very short periods, then paddling quickly back to the boat for me to pick her up out of the water. Back in the boat, we remove her jacket, she shakes off and hides back under the seat. Eventually she relaxes and walks around the boat when we chillout and sun-dry before starting the boat and off to the next cove or back to the dock. As I said before, it can get pretty darn hot in southern Kentucky during the summer, so we want her to swim to cool off, otherwise I wouldn't be "forcing" the issue. It gets a little easier each time she swims, and we don't "force" her every boat ride. Any ideas to make this transition smoother? Anyone else out there with similar deep-water experiences? Should I take her to another lake with better walk-in access until she gets used to "our lake"? Should I just keep doing what we are doing by just making her get used to it with frequent, short dips or would extended swim time with added activity of floating toys help? I will also admit that I get a little nervous when I see her get scared of swimming, as I want her to love the lake like we do, so I was really trying to be more confident and more relaxed as the fall lake season ended. Just wanting some pointers to look forward to trying out come lake season 2014. Thanks in advance for any replies!! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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