“Practice is the hardest part of learning, and training is the essence of transformation,” someone once wisely said. This age-old adage rings true in the animal kingdom as well, as demonstrated by a loving labrador dad who decided it was time to teach his six puppies how to swim. From the moment of their birth, puppies begin to discover the world, acquire new skills, and develop their instincts under the watchful eyes of their parents. Despite dogs being naturally great swimmers, puppies often show some hesitation when it’s time to jump into the water, as water is a new element to them.
The labrador dad, in this case, played a crucial role in helping his puppies overcome their initial fear and hesitation. Labradors, as a breed, are among the top ten swimmer dog breeds and for a good reason. They have been swimming for centuries and were used by fishermen to retrieve ducks and fish. This is because Labradors are fast learners, very friendly to humans, and most importantly, they love water. The webbed toes of labradors enable them to swim faster and easier than other dog breeds.
As the video showcases, the puppies looked a bit scared and reluctant as they followed their dad toward the pond where he would teach them how to become great swimmers. However, after some initial hesitation, the puppies jumped into the water and started to swim for the first time. Even though it was their first time in the pond, the puppies showed that they are excellent swimmers. Their dad must have felt proud as he observed his puppies swim in the pond without the slightest hesitation or fear of water.
Sometimes Labradors love water so much that it can be tricky to convince them to get out. This love for water is deeply ingrained in them, having been around fishermen for more than three hundred years. The labrador puppies from the video had no trouble in the water, showcasing their natural affinity for swimming. As one YouTube user commented, “Note to future self: To be a father like this lab!” Another posted wrote, “This dog: gotta make sure my children learn so they can be independent.”
It’s heartwarming to see these puppies playing in the water together and having fun with their dear old dad. One day, they will be giving their own puppies swimming lessons and remember the day at the pond with their dad. If you’re not a swimmer yourself and find it hard to overcome the fear of water, watching this video will definitely lift your spirits up. Share this story with your friends and family to spread the joy and the importance of teaching and learning. And remember to always be kind and gentle to animals, for they have feelings too.