Worried about your dog’s safety while swimming? Well, a couple has found a brilliant way to make sure they don’t lose their pet in the water.
In a video shared by TikTok user @grantcameron16 on August 5, the boat owner’s Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (nicknamed “Tollers”) was pulled out of the water by a pulley attached to his life jacket.
As Grant winds the pulley, the confused pooch tries to keep swimming, legs wriggling in the air. Once safely landed on the deck, the dog trots towards its mother.
According to the Toller Club, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are natural swimmers. Like Labrador Retrievers, they have webbed feet, which allows them to glide through water more easily. Over the years, the breed has been used to hunt waterfowl due to their 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 has been reunited with its owners after swimming for two days in a row. Josie fell overboard in a storm as her owners sailed to Ibiza, swimming around 120 miles to safety.
While a puppy named Zuko was found swimming alone in the middle of the sea after jumping overboard trying to ‘bite’ the waves. Luckily, another boat spotted it, and after calling the phone number on its collar, was able to find its owners.
Jennifer Fish, owner of Dogs Gone Swimming Wellness Center in Portland, Oregon, says the first thing you can do to keep your dog safe on board is to buy him a properly fitting life jacket.
She told the American Kennel Club that the life jacket must be in good repair to prevent drowning accidents and that it must fit snugly around the dog’s neck to prevent its legs from getting caught while swimming.
Fish also recommends introducing your dog to the water before taking him on a boat, such as visiting a place with “calm, smooth 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 space for your dog to go to the bathroom. Remember to keep an eye on your dog, especially if he’s playful, because he might try to jump in.
“Try redirecting 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 over 164,000 likes and nearly 2,500 shares.
“‘My paws are taking me in the WRONG direction,'” one joked
“That’s the best kind of catch you can get while fishing,” said another.
While a third asked: “Which lake is this?! I need to know if you need a dog fishing license.”
Newsweek contacted @grantcameron16 for comment.
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