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Labs behavior when their owner/handler in the water

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#1 2rocky



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Posted 10 October 2018 - 09:33 AM

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?



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Posted 10 October 2018 - 10:10 AM

very comen,

we taught ours to swim around us and as she went by we would grab her and she would tow you back to shore, 


if you did not grab her she would try to drag you in.. 

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 10:35 AM

As I tend to take my labs to the river a bunch, around other people I do teach them swimming manners. Basically if they get too close without being called over I dunk them they learn to keep a proper distance. If I call them over and grab a hold of them they are taught to relax in my grip and let me support them (without scratching me). If I'm lazy and want a tow back in I call them out to me and grab them by the collar an say back. Doesn't take very long to teach, and has saved a few little children from being trampled.

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 01:25 PM

All the dogs I ever had were river rats just like I was, and the dunk technique teaches them quick!

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 03:05 PM

Lloyd does that crap all the time..I hate him for it..


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Posted 10 October 2018 - 06:00 PM

Run into it with my labs too.  They are just being protective and help you out.

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Posted 14 October 2018 - 07:48 PM

Lloyd does that crap all the time..I hate him for it..

But in Lloyd's case, he is truly trying to drown you.

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