A dog (or a person, for that matter) can enter a pool of water either deliberately, by dipping in a toe, then a foot and then maybe an ankle, or boldly - one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready and four to...CANNONBALL!!!!!
This photo captures what dog trainers and handlers call bold water entry.
If you've ever watched one of those dog agility competitions on TV, then you've probably seen bold water entry. It happens during the diving dog contest. From a dock, a handler throws a bumper as far as he can into a pool of water. His dog gets a running start, chasing to the bumper, and leaping leaps into a pool of water. The dog is judged by the length of the leap. Google it, if you've never seen it. It's amazing to watch.
What: An English Springer Spaniel jumping into the lake to fetch a bumper.
When: late August 2015
Where: in Mitchell, Georgia at Craney Hill Kennel
Why: I had the opportunity to watch a professional trainer and handler work with his own dogs on water skills. In other words, I got to watch a bunch of puppies go swimming on a hot summer day. It was a privilege, for sure, and a complete blast.