Ever since Honey was a puppy, I hoped she would swim. But she just wasn’t interested.
Finally, this weekend, she paddled a short distance and I was overjoyed.
Why is it so important that my dog know how to swim?
1. I want company.
I love to swim. My husband sinks like a rock. Is it too much to ask for someone to go swimming with?
2. One hundred twenty years of breeding can’t be all about looks.
Lord Tweedmouth developed Golden Retrievers to retrieve birds he shot while still being gentle house pets. Honey’s a lovely companion. She’s got the retrieving down. But ask her to retrieve something from the water? Forget it.
C’mon Honey. You’re not representing your breed if you don’t swim.
3. For safety.
Honey goes kayaking with me. If she fell overboard, I want to make sure she doesn’t panic.
After all, she’s not going to find a anything to stand on in the middle of our 300 foot deep lake (about 91 meters).
4. To save on shampoo.
Did you know that Honey smells the exact same after drying off after a swim as she does when I use expensive shampoo to give her a bath?
Why do I bother? Eau de Fish Poop apparently smells just as good.
5. Build her confidence.
Every new skill Honey learns boosts her confidence. It’s fun to see her grow as she learns new things.
Of course, there is one big reason (or 4) to not teach Honey to swim.
Because I don’t want her to be lured off to follow him.
They are handsome, aren’t they? I’m thinking Honey might even prefer them to salami.
So maybe teaching her to swim isn’t such a good idea after all.
Your Turn: What do you think? Should I continue to teach Honey to swim? Or should I just accept her the way she is?
photo credits: (swimming dog with stick) emma.kate, (dog retrieving ball) Andrew Morrell Photography , (two dogs swimming) Andrew Morrell Photography, all via photopin cc. Click images to learn more about the photographers.