Why do you suppose a dog knows how to swim, but a person who isn't taught doesnt?
Yes, I have seen where the newborn babies can swim, but when one of those babies gets older, if they were never taught to swim, would they have enough sense or "instinct" to at least "dog paddle"? I was just wondering about this because many people who didn't know how to swim, have drowned, because they didn't know enough to stay afloat long enough, yet if they at least "dog paddled" they could have probably stood a chance at survival. Also: I'm talking basic swimming here, I realize that even if you do know how to swim, if you fall overboard fully clothed with a lot of gear on, even the best of swimmers could conceivably drown, that is NOT what I'm asking. I'm basically asking why most people who were never taught to swim just "floundered" in one place or even tried treading water. Yet a dog does this by instinct. Even a CAT! Chimpanzees though I gather don't like deep water. Any feedback on this would be appreciated.