Worried about your dog’s safety while swimming? Well, one couple has come up with a genius way to ensure they don’t lose their pet in the water.
In a video shared by TikTok user @grantcameron16 on 5 August, the boat owner’s Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (nicknamed “Tollers”) is lifted out of the water by a pulley clipped to her life jacket.
As Grant reels in the pulley, the confused pooch tries to continue swimming, with its paws wriggling in the air. Once landing on deck safely, the dog trots over to his mom.
According to The Toller Club, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are natural swimmers. Like Labrador Retrievers, they have webbed feet, allowing them to glide through 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, you can never be too careful with animals on boats. A dog that fell overboard in July was reunited with his owners after swimming for two days straight. Josie fell overboard during a storm while her owners were sailing to Ibiza, swimming an estimated 120 miles to safety.
While a puppy called Zuko was found swimming alone in the middle of sea after jumping overboard while trying to “bite” the waves. Fortunately, another boat spotted him, and after calling the phone number on his collar, were able to find 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 onboard is buy them a well-fitting life jacket.
She told The American Kennel Club that the life jacket needs to be in good condition to prevent drowning accidents, and needs to fit closely around the dog’s neck to prevent their legs from getting caught while swimming.
Fish also recommends introducing your dog to the water before taking them out on a boat, such as visiting a place with “calm gentle water with a gentle sloping bank.”
“Bring your dog’s favorite treats and toys and be prepared to get in the water yourself,” she advises readers.
Once onboard, make sure you have plenty of water and food for your pet, and make a space for your dog to go to the toilet. Remember to keep an eye on your dog, especially if they’re playful, as they might try and jump in.
“Try to redirect the dog’s attention with a toy instead,” she said.
TikTokers couldn’t get enough of the pup’s hilarious reaction, with the clip receiving more than 164,000 likes and almost 2,500 shares.
“‘My paws are taking me in the WRONG direction,'” joked one
“That’s the best kind of catch that you can get when fishing,” said another.
While a third asked: “What lake is that?! I need to know do you need a dog fishing license.”
Newsweek has reached out to @grantcameron16 for comment.
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