Introducing lab to water
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: Introducing lab to water

  1. #1
    dfroberts is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Posts
    1

    DefaultIntroducing lab to water

    We have started introducing our 5 month old chocolate lab (Lucy!) to water - we have a small stream on our property that she loves. The problem is that all she wants to do in the stream is drink. She would stay there and drink until she made herself sick, and then go back and drink more. Will she outgrow this?

  2. Remove Advertisements
    JustLabradors.com
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    Bob Pr. is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Lawrence (ex-Topeka), KS
    Posts
    8,472

    Default

    She would stay there and drink until she made herself sick, and then go back and drink more. Will she outgrow this?
    Possibly not.

    Have you tried other places, such as ponds or lakes?

    Does your Lab like to play fetch? If so, tie a kite string to a retrieving dummy or toy and toss it a few feet
    out into the pond to retrieve. You can gradually increase the distances until your Lab is swimming. (And
    skip the string if you won't mind wading out to retrieve the dummy yourself.)

    OR, do you know of other Labs who love to swim? If so, often the excitement of playing in the water with
    other swimming Labs will be enough to get yours swimming, too, to stay near them.

    My first Lab, Bess, took immediately to the water and swam from the git-go. It was sometimes a problem
    keeping her out when there were rapids or waterfalls or other dangers. Bess never met a body of water
    she didn't like and want to swim in.

    My present Lab, Puff, took much work to teach her to swim. We used the training dummy on a string after
    other methods didn't work. For one thing, Puff's very lean (she's from a HT & FT line rather than the bench
    line which is chunkier) and only her head shows above water. Putting a canine life vest on her and using the
    fetching-the-training-dummy-on-a-string worked well for her in teaching her to use her legs and webbed
    feet to swim.

    Hope these suggestion help.


    Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]

    Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
    http://forum.justlabradors.com/showt...?p=748#post748

  4. #3
    mothertucker is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    GA
    Posts
    6

    Default

    When I took Tucker to the beach for the first time, he bounded for the water. I usually walk on the sand and he will swim. Maybe if you throw a ball or something to keep her occupied she won't drink so much?

  5. Remove Advertisements
    JustLabradors.com
    Advertisements
     

  6. #4
    jjkroell's Avatar
    jjkroell is offline Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Parksville, B.C. Canada
    Posts
    46

    Default

    haha.. sounds like Libby. She won't drink though but doesn't want to have too much to do with the water now. Waiting for the water to warm up a bit then I'll get in and hopefully she will join me


    Libby - 11 Sep 2013

  7. #5
    Badlands's Avatar
    Badlands is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    SE Iowa
    Posts
    6

    Default

    I would recommend standing water, such as a pond or lake, versus water with current flow. And, I agree completely with Bob Pr's tips. Get your pup interested in playing fetch near a body of water, keeping the retrieving dummy on land, initially. After several tosses and retrieves, toss the dummy a foot or so from the edge of the land, so the pup has to step in the water to retrieve. Be certain the water isn't deep enough to force swimming. Repeat this process several times, gradually moving it further from shore.

    It may take more than one session, especially if the pup looses interest. And that's fine! It should be a fun time for you and the pup. In no time at all, the pup will experience water depth greater than its young legs are in length, and instinct takes over. Even if it swims only a foot or so, that's great! Time will handle the rest. I'm trained all my duck dogs in this manner, and don't forget a small food reward (in addition to lavish verbal praise) for each retrieve -- whether on land or from the water. Wishing you great success.

  8. #6
    DuryLane's Avatar
    DuryLane is offline Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Posts
    43

    Default

    I don't know if your dog will outgrow wanting to drink alot from the stream --- at the very least, I think she will most likely calm down a bit as she gets older and not drink the stream water to such excessive amounts.

    I have a pond on my property. My dog also loves the water. I don't have problems with her drinking all the water out of the pond anymore, however, her problem (or is it my problem?) is that everytime she gets a "hot flash", she always runs to the pond and dives in to cool off. Well, it's a pain in the neck because she's constantly in and out of the water and then wants to come into the house.

    It was driving me nuts, because I was constantly having to towel her off throughout the day to let her back in the house, if not, she'd cry like a baby if she had to stay outside while I was inside, LOL, LOL.

    My answer?.... I ended up buying one of those high velocity animal grooming dryers so I could dry her off in a flash. It's still a pain in the neck having to do that, but at least with the dryer she will dry rather than being perpetually damp and just waiting for a hot spot, or something to start.

  9. #7
    boygeorge's Avatar
    boygeorge is offline Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Posts
    55

    Default

    You definitely need to discourage your dog from drink on not totally safe water. Our pup George started loving water when we introduced water the garden as play time, now he's water lab who would jump immediately on water whenever we visit the nearby stream in the park or hit the beach. He had diarrhea couple of times drinking the salt water so we have to play something like fetching or chasing ball or playing with other dog to keep him busy.
    "Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that is how dogs spend their lives." ~Sue Murphy

  10. #8
    poopypuppy's Avatar
    poopypuppy is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    124

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by dfroberts View Post
    Will she outgrow this?
    Yes...she will soon prefer exploring with her nose.

  11. #9
    Jimbo B is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Allentown Pa,
    Posts
    132

    Default

    Hey I am a proud Pappy
    All my labs took to the water before 6 months
    But they were born in Jan or Feb
    Moses is 8 months old (he would have learned way before 6 months) but he was born July 20th
    ..Moses is a handful but most athletic dog I ever had.
    I am so glad I got the black one
    He has come a long way
    Just have to gloat
    It is a GREAT feeling seeing your pup swim and loving it

  12. #10
    Jimbo B is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Allentown Pa,
    Posts
    132

    Default

    sorry wanted to give a tip here too (if it helps)
    Long ago @the park someone else with a lab told me
    as soon as the dog gets out of the water say SHAKE OFF
    the dog does it naturally (shake off)
    But when then shake the water off keep telling them shake off and good dog
    Then if it rains and you leave your dog out to pee.
    Before your pups come in tell him to shake off
    Moses picked it is up right away ( it saves on towels)

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Introducing to water with the hopes he'll love swimming??
    By arlinevg in forum Training Tips and Puppy Advice
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 09-10-2013, 10:39 PM
  2. New Here....Introducing my lab, Jada.
    By nshilcosky in forum Photo Album
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 12-03-2012, 10:08 PM
  3. Replies: 17
    Last Post: 03-28-2012, 10:02 AM
  4. Introducing second Lab pup, advice
    By DonovanMD in forum Lab Chat
    Replies: 23
    Last Post: 09-16-2011, 10:15 PM
  5. Introducing Nina (choc. lab)
    By Tanya in forum Lab Chat
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 02-17-2009, 12:07 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25