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  • (bouncy, detective-style music)

  • - [Narrator] In the peak of summer in Italy,

  • when the beaches and lakes are full of swimmers,

  • the lifeguards keeping everyone safe

  • bring in some much needed assistance.

  • - [Narrator] Since then, Ferruccio has found

  • that dogs make ideal lifeguard partners.

  • They remain calm under pressure and instinctively

  • choose the safest path through the water currents

  • back to shore.

  • Once in the water, they're able to keep afloat

  • both the rescuer and the person in need.

  • - [Narrator] To keep up with these numbers,

  • the school has over 350 certified rescue dogs,

  • and each year, takes in new recruits.

  • (man speaks in Italian)

  • After about 18 months of training,

  • they learn how to jump from speeding boats

  • and helicopters safely, among other rescue techniques.

  • Italy is the only country in the world

  • that recognizes these certified canines

  • as actual lifeguards, but the value of this

  • is catching on, so the school is starting to expand abroad.

  • (dog barking) (bouncy, upbeat music)

  • (chiming)

(bouncy, detective-style music)

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B2 H-INT US narrator certified bouncy italy rescue dog barking

Meet Italy's Lifeguard Dogs

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    Eunice Lin   posted on 2020/08/14
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