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Learning to swim

August 13th, 2007, 08:31 AM
I have to put a life jacket on Chester when he goes swimming. He gets really nervous in the water, and I have to hold him up by the handle. He loves the water though. Thank god for Doggie Life Jackets. :thumbs up

August 13th, 2007, 08:39 AM
If it wasn't for the tail, I tough this was a cat :laughing: too bad we can't see his face :sad:

August 13th, 2007, 08:53 AM
Trying to swim..sorry about the quality..

August 13th, 2007, 09:04 AM
Just a word of caution... some breeds of small dogs actually cannot swim. Their body weight is beyond the capacity of their legs to paddle enough to carry them and they sink. Sometimes, depending on the frame of the dog and the fit of the jacket, the addition of a life jacket reduces their capacity to fully extend their legs and use all of their chest muscles. Myself, I would let him go into water with his life jacket on of course and with you by his side the entire time only as far as he is comfortable and let him teach himself to swim without holding the jacket handle. If he shows a capacity for swimming, you can encourage him by throwing a floating a frisbee just beyond his nose so that he goes further and further .

Btw ~ I thought he was a cat too before I saw the tail !! Very sweet doggy !

August 13th, 2007, 03:52 PM
Oh, very cute! I love his little life jacket. :lovestruck:

August 14th, 2007, 12:58 AM
I think we need to see more pics of cute little Chester. :lovestruck:

August 14th, 2007, 03:47 PM
I think we need to see more pics of cute little Chester. :lovestruck:

I agree he is a darling little cutie :cloud9:

August 15th, 2007, 07:23 AM
Oh he is very cute:cloud9: He really does look like a cat from behind, :laughing: