So last night I went to take my bully for a walk. Got outside and there is a pond near our house. There is a guy at the edge of the pond screaming at his dog who is in the pond. The dog is swimming laps trying to catch Geese which are in the pond. So my dog does his business as I continue to watch.
I then decide to take my dog down in the hopes that another dog near the pond will bring the mans pit bull out of the pond. It soon becomes clear that the pit bull only wants to catch geese and is in the middle of the pond and just keeps swimming laps. So I ask the guy how long the dog had been in there. He said a half hour now and it's apparent the guy is frustrated and doesn't know what to do. He continues to call the dog over and over. I then told the guy that his dog is obviously in a zone, fixated on the geese and would sooner drown than get out.
Now understand this pit bull is a little over a year old, he's still a puppy. But a good dog, he just isn't trained as well as he should be. He gets excited like any puppy, but will just run out of this guys house. Anyway back to the story.
I start to become concerned because the dog is panting quite a bit, WHILE he is swimming, and he is still completely fixated on the geese. This is when I get worried. The dog suddenly stops swimming after the geese and goes under. He immediately pops back up but the dog is now just trying to swim and ignoring the geese. He keeps bobbing under and is in serious distress. I immediately recognized the dog wouldn't probably last a minute. I told the guy that either he goes in or I do, as I start taking my pants off. The guy leaps out of his shoes and pants and goes in the pond.
He got to the dog very quickly but any longer and the dog would have drowned. When he carried the dog out the poor little guy couldn't even stand. Closest I have ever been to seeing a dog in undeniable trouble. It was pretty bad.
I don't suppose this guy had the dog on a leash or anything close to being used for control over him? SInce he had such a close call yesterday and would obviously have been a drowning victim had you not been there, wonder if his owner might reconsider giving him unlimited freedom on their future walks????
Yes this was my first question to him after getting the dog back on land. Apparently a friend had come to his house and as soon as the door opened the dog made a break for it. He just ran after the dog without grabbing a leash. Everytime I have seen him walking the dog he has it on a choke chain and the dog seems to walk calmly. I think it was just a rare occasion that the dog saw freedom and made a dash. Luckily it wasn't into a busy road.