Sharks have a highly developed sense of smell and are able to detect the scent of blood and other substances in the water. When a shark detects a potential prey item, it will investigate the source of the scent to determine if it is something worth eating. If the shark determines that the prey is too large or too dangerous to attack, it will move on.
Dogs that are swimming in the ocean may be mistaken for seals or other prey by sharks. This is more likely to occur if the dog is in an area where seals or other shark prey are known to be present. However, it is important to note that shark attacks on dogs are extremely rare.
If you’re a dog owner and you’re worried about your pet’s safety when swimming in the ocean, it’s best to keep your dog on a leash and supervise them closely. Keep an eye out for any warning signs of shark activity, such as large numbers of fish jumping out of the water or birds diving into the water to catch fish. If you see any of these signs, it’s best to move your dog to a safer location.
In summary, sharks do not have a specific preference for dogs as a prey, but rather they are opportunistic predators and may attack a dog if mistaken for its prey. To ensure the safety of your pet, it’s best to supervise them closely while they are swimming in the ocean, and to be aware of the warning signs of shark activity.