Lex loves to swim but of course he wears a life jacket. We have a lab to and when we take them to the lake lex thinks he can go out and swim like bubba lol... But he does great w the life jacket on he has a little more freedom than when he didn't.
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Pebbles loves the water. We have an in ground pool and as a puppy pebbles just jumped in and immediately sank. Luckily I was in the pool and got her right out. After that we bought a life vest. She has learned where all the steps are she can stand on and will run around getting on the steps without her vest. She will stick her whole face in bobbing for her toys. With the vest she can swim, without forget it. We never let her on the porch unless we are right there watching her every minute. When we want to swim and relax we put her in the house and she just barks and cries and looks at us from the sliding door. Obviously that doesn't happen often, who can stand that sad face
My intro to bullies was about 45 years ago . A friend's family had a bully. Sam loved to ride in their boat but when they would come back to their dock he would step off the side of the boat instead of jumping onto the dock and sink like a rock. Someone would have to jump in and retrieve poor Sam from the lake bottom. LOL He also would walk into the lake to get a drink and walk into water over his head and just stand there till someone would retrieve him.... Sam had emergency stomach pumps a few times!!!! Sam is also why we have a bully today,,, I just loved that crazy dog.
Delilah can't swim..like..at all. She doesn't have the natural instinct for it really.
If you do plan on introducing him to the water..do it slooowwwwllly! I can't stress that enough. Just tossing him in there one day could terrify him and make him not want to ever go back, lol. You have to let them warm up to it on their own. Start by putting them on the steps with the water just barely touching them..then maybe down a bit..and eventually, if he likes it..he'll go out on his own accord!
Delilah wears a life jacket. I think any bulldog should wear a life jacket, really. They just are built so awkwardly for swimming..incredibly top heavy. She still sinks a bit WITH the jacket on. I'm always right by her when we are in the water.
Sarge tried swimming once at the lake... and he sank. Thank goodness it was only about 2 feet of water and there were 3-4 people in the water so it was easy to pull him back up. I couldn't imagine taking him on a boat I'd be so frightened. It is only baby pools for Sarge now and when we play in the waves at the lake/beach it is ONLY with a leash so he can't jump in!
I talk to him when I'm lonesome like; and I'm sure he understands. When he looks at me so attentively, and gently licks my hands; then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes, but I never say naught thereat. For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes, but never a friend like that. ~W. Dayton Wedgefarth
Brussels Griffon/Maltese Mix - Griffon "Giffy" (Aug 2007)
English Bulldog - Sergeant Mako "Sarge" (Aug 2008)
Cats - "Big Kitty" and "Little Kitty"
my two swam fine. It was for short swims. I agree with the life vests.