In this first video, , a pup has fallen or jumped into the water and is obviously struggling. Another dog, probably its mother, dives in and tries an in water rescue and when that didn’t work, the adult dog nudged the little one toward the edge of the pool, hopped out and then grabbed it by the scruff of the neck to pull the young pup to safety. The family with the gorgeous pool seem to be amused by this event, and do not realize the puppy was drowning, not learning to swim.
In this video, a group of dogs are happily playing and swimming around in a pool, except for one poor pup, who is standing up in the water, shaking, while the swimming goes on around him or her. The other dogs on the pool walkway know something is wrong and are barking to alert the other dogs. One of the dogs in the pool shove a ball to the frightened dog, encouraging the panicked dog to join in the fun, but the dog just pushes it away as it struggles to stay on its feet. The look on the poor dog’s face says it all, it’s frightened, not having fun.
The third video, shows how clueless dog owners can be. A man throws a pug dog into the water and watches him struggle to stay afloat. A woman in the background is screaming “he’s drowning” but the man insists that the dog is going to swim to save himself. His stubborn argument crumbles as the poor pug fights for its life, but does not swim. When they finally pull him from the water, the woman remarks, “I thought all dogs can swim!” Apparently not, and they could have lost their beloved family pet by assuming so.
In the final video, a woman tosses a ball into the middle of a pool, expecting her dog to dive in and get it. Apparently the dog is smarter than the human and knows its limitations, and solves the problem by using a floating raft to navigate the water to get the ball. If the dog knew how to swim or could swim, would it have gone through all that trouble to use a floatation device?
What all of these scenarios clearly demonstrate is that not all dogs can swim. Movies and books depict dogs naturally being able to swim, not so for puppies as well as other breeds, although they may be classified as “water dogs”. If you own a pool, you must keep it fenced as you would to protect a child. You never know when a dog could fall in or be pushed in and drown. When you are not supervising your family’s use of the pool or in off season, your pool should be properly covered, leaving it inaccessible to your two and four legged loved ones. Don’t forget that your neighbor’s dog or child could inadvertently wander into your yard and end up a causality. Protect yourself, your animals, and your community by fencing and covering your pool.