Swim Lessons for dogs

Published at 10:45 p.m. on June 6, 2014 | Modified at 10:48 p.m. on June 6, 2014

CoCo, an English bulldog, chases a ball June 6, 2014, at Brighton Beach on the May River. Her owners, Tom and Marcia Siuda, signed her up for a swim lesson with Abby Bird of Alphadog Training Academy. To participate, dogs must be 35 pounds or more (exceptions are made for puppies who will grow to that size), be dog- and child-friendly, and must be able to be off leash or on long lines in the water near other dogs and people. The purpose is to teach dogs how to safely get out of pools, retrieve toys, dock dive, swim with their owners and water rescue skills such as pulling in boats or people.

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