Bentley, another of the puppies from the Fancy x Randy litter of 2011 is probably the smallest so far of that group. He left Kentucky to travel north toward the Great Lakes and his little flotation device keeps him safe in the big water. What a cutie!! It would be hard not to snuggle that little man 🙂
Contrary to what folks often think, dogs do not necessarily swim naturally. They have the instinct but must be comfortable in the water or fear will do the same thing to them as to us, panic and drowning. In addition, they can misjudge their distance if they are playing and get exhausted before they can make it to shore. When introducing dogs to the pool or lake, it is best to be safe by having them wear a vest and to teach them to be comfortable by always showing them where to “exit”, either on the stairs of a pool or the shore. All those laps on the swim team build confidence and style, all those doggy paddles do the same.