Your dog may need swimming lessons |

Your dog may need swimming lessons

By Kathleen Williams-Miller
Zoey is a 3-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier. She is so adorable you will fall in love with her. Zoey loves riding in the car, chasing the ball and walking. She would like to be an only child and will smother you with love and attention. Come out and meet her.

Watson here and I recently had sad news. My friend Nappy drowned in his family’s swimming pool. Nappy was a French Bulldog, and he never went near the water, but it was nighttime and I guess he fell in. He wasn’t able to swim.

I was born ready to swim, and I love swimming. So, it was a big surprise to me when I learned that not all dogs can swim. When it comes to swimming, dogs generally fall into one of three categories: There are those that can swim, those that can be taught to swim and those that should steer clear of all water environments.

Labradors, Water Spaniels, Golden Retrievers, and Irish Setters fall into the first category, because swimming comes natural to us. We are excellent swimmers, and we love the water! With our strong legs and rudder-like tails, swimming is a breeze.

On the other end of the spectrum are the low, sturdy breeds like Bulldogs, Dachshunds and Boxers. Their short legs can’t create enough thrust to keep them afloat in water. Dogs who have short faces, such as the pug, have a hard time swimming because they tire easily. These are the guys that need to stay away from the water.

The Maltese, Chihuahua, and other small dogs can be excellent swimmers, but they feel the cold and tire easily in the water. A heated swimming pool would be their delight.

You can teach your dog to swim by supporting him in the water and allowing him to kick. A life jacket is a good idea for reluctant swimmers. If you are teaching him in a pool make sure he knows where to get out of the water. When your pup is comfortable let him “doggie paddle” around. I’m sure he’ll have a doggone good time.

XOXO Watson


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