Dig, Jump, Swim
ALL DOGS ARE NATURAL SWIMMERS - NOT!!
A human baby is not expected to know how to swim,
simply because the birth family owns a pool.
Same w/ Cresteds!
Pools can be lethal to a dog.
Chinese Cresteds are not "natural swimmers" - they require teaching, like a child.
It is a good idea to expose your pet to water early on.
Should there be a pool at their new home, teach the dog how to find its' way out, in case of an accident.
Over the years, some of our Cresteds have avoided water - scratching & clawing as they are introduced.
Others have dived in -- propelled from several feet away -- ears flying in the wind. They circle like a retriever, exit & shake themselves off - only to repeat the antic at will.
Owning an animal is a responsibility.
None should be left alone - in ANY environment, until the owner is sure no harm will come by way of their curious nature.
DIG - JUMP - SWIM
Once in awhile, an otherwise tranquil Chinese Crested will exhibit his amazing ability
to climb a fence - clamping toes, using all 4 feet - effortlessly scaling a 6 ft. barrier.
Some pups will stupify onlookers by ascending a chain link fence/block wall in record time.
Others have been known to leap terrific heights - while another may dig, thru rocks, to China.
It is impossible to tell if your new family member is a potential digger/jumper/leaper as these traits usually develop in later adolescense - or in response to an exciting new stimuli.
Digging or jumping is not a "usual" trait - but it DOES happen.
Be aware & safeguard your pet - don't leave them alone in the yard.
Have a micro chip inserted.
Use identifying ID tags.
REMINDER: Chinese Cresteds are NOT natural swimmers - should they fall into water, there's a good possibility they would drown. Teach your dog to swim & how to find their way out of the pool in case of accident.
CC's are tiny balls of fluff - easy for air/ground predators to carry off.
PLEASE: do not leave your dog unattended. Coyotes have been known to make off w/ a grown dogs in full view of the owner.
Air predators, such as owls or hawks, can also whisk your beloved family member away.
Day or night: do not leave your pup unattended!