This summer my girlfriend showed up with a year old black lab. He and I hit it off and I introduced him to the water. He had a blast in the farm pond retrieving whatever you threw in. This summer on a road trip we stopped at a swimming hole and I jumped in. He followed right behind me and swam right to me.
At that point, he got right up against me and began kinda nipping at my arm, and took my whole forearm in his mouth when I tried to swim out to deeper water.
He literally positioned himself between me and the deep water and herded me to shore.
I had to keep pushing him off me in the water because his paws were scratching me.
In his mind, was he "SAVING" me? Because if it had been a little kid he might have pushed them down.
What is my responsibility here to train him to behave well in the water with people? DO I need to teach him to keep space when swimming with people?
How do other people's Water dogs react with swimmers?