So I was looking at the pictures from this Labor Day weekend, and saw that Varick probably thought it was "Training Day" because we squeezed in some training before it got too hot. Then once it DID get too hot, we did some swimming/dock diving training.
I got some good shots of him at the lake, and I had set up a video camera to be able to watch us training. We just switched to using a toy reward and he is super excited to work for that toy. We're both getting used to it, there were some awkward moments.
I finally trusted myself (and him) to let him go off leash AND take one of his "good toys" into the water! He was perfect. He loved the toy way better than a stick, so brought back every time. He could also see it a lot better and didn't lose it.