Worried about your dog’s safety while swimming? Well, a couple has come up with an ingenious way to ensure they don’t lose their pet in the water.
In a video shared by TikTok user @grantcameron16 on Aug. 5, the boat owner’s Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (nicknamed “Tollers”) is lifted out of the water by a pulley attached to her life jacket.
As Grant reels in the pulley, the confused pooch tries to keep swimming, his paws fidgeting in the air. Once safely landed on deck, the dog trotts over to his mother.
According to The Toller Club, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are natural swimmers. Like Labrador Retrievers, they have webbed feet that allow them to slide through the water more easily. Over the years, the breed has been used to hunt waterfowl due to its intelligence and loyalty.
Although tollers are excellent swimmers, one can never be too careful with animals on boats. A dog who went overboard in July was reunited with its owners after two days of swimming. Josie fell overboard during a storm while her owners sailed to Ibiza and swam an estimated 120 miles to safety.
While a pup named Zuko was found swimming alone in the middle of the sea after jumping overboard while trying to “bite” the waves. Luckily another boat spotted him and after calling the phone number on his collar they were able to locate his owners.
Jennifer Fish—owner of Dogs Gone Swimming Wellness Center in Portland, Oregon—says the first thing you should do to keep your dog safe on board is to get him a well-fitting life jacket.
She told the American Kennel Club that the life jacket must be in good condition to prevent drowning accidents and fit snugly around the dog’s neck to keep its legs from snagging while it swims.
Fish also recommends introducing your dog to the water before taking them on a boat, such as on a boat. For example, visiting a place with “calm, gentle water with a gently sloping shore.”
“Bring your dog’s favorite treats and toys, and be prepared to get in the water yourself,” she advises readers.
Once on board, make sure you have enough water and food for your pet and make room for your dog to go to the bathroom. Remember to keep an eye on your dog, especially if he’s playful, as he might try to jump in.
“Instead, try diverting the dog’s attention with a toy,” she said.
TikTokers couldn’t get enough of the pup’s hilarious reaction, the clip garnered more than 164,000 likes and almost 2,500 shares.
“‘My paws are leading me in the WRONG direction,'” joked one
“This is the best catch you can get fishing,” said another.
While a third asked: “What lake is that?! I need to know if you need a dog fishing license.”
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