This Golden Retriever puppy is diving into a lake for the first time, and is having a positive experience. His name is Murphee. At this filming Murphee is 10 weeks old. His Mom is making this experience a happy one for Murphee.
During the boat ride, Murphee’s Mom holds him and kisses him, helping him to feel safe on the boat. Then when they stop for the swim, Mom gets in the water first before she encourages Murphee to join her for a swim. Murphee feels a bit reluctant at first even though there is hardly any distance between the jump off area and the water. After pacing a couple of times, Murphee gathers up his courage, then leap into the water. Mom scoops him into her arms immediately and lets him stay there, praising him, helping him savor his first dive. What a nice introduction to swimming.
Do all Golden Retrievers swim?
So do all Golden Retrievers swim? I read some articles on this topic. It seems the majority of Goldies do, but a small percentage are not that eager. Some puppies would not swim, but as they grow older, they somehow develop the interest.
According to Pedigree, Golden Retrievers have a water repellant coat that allows them to be in cold water. If your Goldie is a water person, and he is swimming in the ocean, bring fresh water along so he doesn’t get dehydrated while he’s playing in the water. And if he is swimming with children in a pool or in a lake, remind your children not to pull on his collar. He can swim better than most children, but he can get pulled under if they hold on to his collar.
You can read more about safe swimming for Golden Retrievers here. Enjoy this warm video of Murphee being introduced to swimming by Mom.
Article source: Pedigree