As we raise each litter our goal is to do everything we can to help the puppies become confident, stable dogs enabling each of them to thrive in their homes. Each litter presents a new opportunity for us to try and create a new way to stimulate the pups. A few years ago we began using the bottle pool.
Over the years we have watched numerous litters interact with the bottle pool. Some of the puppies are perfectly happy when in the pool but make no effort to get in it themselves, some puppies have no interest whatsoever in the pool while other litters are in the pool most of the time – wrestling with each other and loving to fling the bottles all over the puppy pen. There is no way to know in advance how your puppies will respond to it.
The bottle pool is quite simple. As I think about the puppies and the pool I remember my friend whose mom just tossed her in a pool to teach her how to swim. There is more to using the bottle pool than just tossing the bottles and puppies in the pool. If done correctly experiencing the bottle pool will help make the puppies very comfortable when stepping on things that move, hearing noises around them and having their bodies touched by non-living objects. It can build courage and overall confidence and is just plain fun!
How To Make An Appropriate Bottle Pool For Your Litter