German Shepherd Dogs, adults and puppies love to swim. Even young puppies are fearless when it comes to water. My daughter loves to walk our new litters around a little trail that goes around one of our ponds. One day while walking a six-week-old litter in late Fall she heard a splash and turned to see a little male puppy that jumped in the cold water and was swimming to the middle of the pond. She panicked and was afraid that she would have to jump in the freezing water to save the puppy. However, she started clapping her hands and calling at the puppy and he turned and swam straight to her and the shoreline. He was cold but okay once she dried him off.
Over the years, we have on occasion heard the bad news that our customers’ German Shepherd Dog, puppy or adult had drowned in their pool because the dog did not know where the shallow end was located. The shepherd had either jumped or fallen in the pool when nobody was around and then drowned when they could not get out.
If you own a pool, you can safely own a German Shepherd Dog, but you must get them in the pool and show them the shallow end and the steps. If you purchase a puppy or adult in the winter when the water is too cold to get in with them, you either must show them the shallow end by you staying outside of the pool or do not allow them unsupervised access to the pool. If you decide to show them how to get out when the water is cold have a long pole with a net to scoop them up if they panic before finding the shallow end.
Having a pool with a German Shepherd Dog can be fun and safe. However, take the time to make sure they are safe.
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