Dogs seem to either love or hate water. Some will run and jump right into a pond or stream without hesitation while others do everything in their power to avoid ending up in it. Despite having a swimming style named after them, not all dogs have the natural ability to swim and stay afloat. Some do and others can be taught to swim, with proper oversight for their safety. There are also certain dogs should not go near water because they easily tire or get cold, are deathly afraid of it and panic, or their legs are too short to adequately keep them afloat. If your dog falls into one of those categories you should not allow them near deep water unsupervised or try to teach them how to swim.
If you have a big, calm, lovable dog like the English Mastiff named Samson in this video, then you can go ahead and give your pup a swimming lesson. The adorable dog is hesitant and afraid at first, unsure of what to do and not wanting to let go of his dad who is holding him afloat in the water. The sight of such a huge dog clinging to his owner in a pool is heart warming, amusing, and kind of funny! Samson gets some much needed reassurance as his dad rubs his back and tells him it’s alright and that he’s being a good boy. After a little time and with his owner’s calming patience, the big puppy begins to gradually relax and accept the water.
Sensing the moment is right, his owner sets him up for his first solo attempt at swimming, then lets him go. Samson is clearly a natural as he takes off doggy paddling towards the steps without ever once sinking down or flailing around. Now he can cross it off his bucket list and be all the more confident and safe around the pool and other large bodies of water! His mom and dad are thrilled with their cherished dog’s progress and it’s wonderful to see such a happy and momentous occasion. Check it out if you want to smile and remember to always take precautions and supervise animals and children around pools to keep them all safe.
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