SINGAPORE - No pooch ever gets dog-tired inside a water park for canines in Jurong East.
Step inside and you will see that they are on the scent of fun. They dart about, chasing toys and one another, while some paddle leisurely in flotation devices.
For them, everything is just play but, at the same time, they are also lapping up the benefits of low-impact exercise, mental stimulation and being able to keep cool.
These help to stem behavioural problems that arise from having pent-up energy, such as excessive barking or destroying items at home, among other things.
A common misconception is that all dogs can swim. While most paddle instinctively, some breeds have more difficulty staying afloat.
Then there are some that can dip their heads underwater or even dive downwards, either naturally or when encouraged to fetch their favourite toys in the water - proving that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
Inspired by Seth Casteel's Underwater Dogs, a book of quirky images of dogs caught in the act of diving and generally goofing off in the water, The Straits Times' executive photojournalist Ong Wee Jin has given his own bark of approval.
His series of underwater portraits taken at Singapore's largest dog water park, Wag & Wild, comes four days after International Dog Day on Aug 26.