HANOVER, Pa. (WHTM) – They are known as man’s best friend and now they are being trained to do even more.
More than three-dozen Newfoundland dogs, as well as a few other breeds, showed their ability to rescue swimmers and boaters during water rescue tests.
This display happened Sunday at Lake Marburg in Cordorus State Park.
The test showcased certified rescue dogs that rescued a victim trapped under a capsized boat, an unconscious victim, multiple victims stranded in the water, as well as finding and returning an abandoned boat to shore.
Newfoundlands are large dogs with heavily webbed feet and a natural instinct to rescue people who are drowning.
These gentle giants are considered the “power swimmers” of the dog world.