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Doggy Paddle Like a Pro

by Laura Overdeck

Do you know how to swim? It’s a very exciting moment when you finally learn how. Dogs seem to feel the same way, as in this video of 8 golden retriever puppies. Just like people, some take a while to dip in a paw, while a brave one jumps right in. Dogs love to swim, and golden retrievers are among the top 10 breeds (types) of dog that do it best. Poodles swim well, too — did you know that their name and the word “puddle” both come from the German word for “splash”? If you’d like to learn how to doggy paddle, learn from the pros!

Wee ones: Pretend you’re doing the doggy paddle. Paddle with your right “paw,” then your left paw!

Little kids: If 8 puppies go for a swim, what numbers do you say to count them? Bonus: If 8 puppies jump in, then 2 climb out, then 1 jumps back in, how many are now in the pool?

Big kids: How many swimming paws do those 8 puppies have? Bonus: If there are 20 legs in the pool including the 4 people training them, how many puppies are in?

The sky’s the limit: If there are 60 paws in the pool, and within that there are twice as many poodle paws as golden retriever paws, how many poodles are in the pool?

Answers:
Wee ones: See if you know your right hand from your left.

Little kids: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Bonus: 7 puppies.

Big kids: 32 paws. Bonus: 3 puppies, since the people take up 8 legs, leaving 12 puppy legs.

The sky’s the limit: 10 poodles (and 5 golden retrievers). If there are twice as many poodle paws as golden paws, it’s like having a set of golden paws plus 2 more equal sets of poodle paws, or 3 equal sets together. So we take 1/3 of 60, which is 20, giving us 20 golden paws. That leaves us 40 poodle paws on 10 poodle, since each dog has 4 paws.

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