Deep sea dog: Russian teaches dachshund to scuba

Sergei Gorbunov helps Boniface, the dachshund dog which is  learning how to scuba-dive in a...
Sergei Gorbunov helps Boniface, the dachshund dog which is learning how to scuba-dive in a special suit, before an underwater dive in the Pacific ocean on a beach near the settlement of Slavyanka, 50km from Russia's Far Eastern city of Vladivostok. Photo by AP.
Any dachshund owner knows the feisty breed rarely backs off from a challenge, but one in Russia is taking that reputation to new heights - or depths.

The dog, named Boniface, is learning how to scuba dive.

Owner Sergei Gorbunov, a professional diver in the Pacific Coast city of Vladivostok, had a diving suit complete with helmet made for the dog and is teaching him the tricks of the trade.

In a recent demonstration, Boniface barked eagerly as Gorbunov readied the equipment and uncomplainingly endured being hung upside-down as Gorbunov fitted the suit on him.

Once underwater, he seemed to have a different outlook, emitting some high-pitched whines.

Gobunov says, "Underwater, I don't think he experiences any stress."

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