Labrador retriever loves the water. Swimming with your lab can be the best experience you can get it. It is recommended not to direct swim with your lab if you adopt recently. Whether you adopt a puppy or an adult labrador, they both need training before diving into the water to swim. Most labrador retrievers love the water to play. If your lab is an adult, there are huge possibilities that they already know all about water. But if your lab is still a puppy, you will need to introduce your lab to water gradually to prevent him or her from being frightened by it, even though most adult labradors are talented swimmers. But you will need to train labradors’ puppy to swim with you.
Swimming with your labrador retriever can be fun for both of you. You can swim with your lab but make sure that your lab knows how to swim. Check the suitable swimming spots like there should no strong currents, rapids, or sharp drop-offs in the water.
This blog will discuss how you can successfully dive into the water with your labrador retriever to swim with them.
The location where you can swim with your labrador retriever:
Many swimming spots look safe but actually have some risk when you plan to swim with your labrador retriever.
1. Swim with suitable spots:
You can swim the suitable spots including lakes, streams and some rivers. You have to ensure the safety of your lab before diving into the water. After finding the right swimming spots, check the swimming spots whether they have sand, gravel, or grass, which are necessary components.
2. Don’t swim where there are strong currents, rapids, or sharp drop-offs:
Currents in rivers, creeks, and streams can be fast-moving and unpredictable. Make sure there are no strong currents where you are going to swim with your lab. While some currents such as rapids are visible, others can flow under the water’s surface. Keep in mind that in oceans or lakes, waves and rip currents can be dangerous. Don’t take any risk with your pet while swimming.
3. Check swimming location:
Apart from swimming spots, you need to check whether the spots have sand, gravel, or grass along the shore. It will make it easier for you and your labrador retriever to get out. If the edge of the river or ocean, or lakes has a slippery or oily-like surface, you and your lab face difficulties when trying to get out. Check before start swimming with your lab. It is one of the most important things you need to consider.
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4. Avoid swimming in areas with cliffs:
You have to avoid it when it comes to cliffs or large boulders along the shore. This type of swimming spot is not safe for you and your labrador. When it comes to swimming with your labrador, avoid this.
5. Water should be odor-free, without oiliness or stagnation:
When it comes to swimming with a labrador retriever, keep in mind that water should be odor-free or water without having smell because dogs are more sensitive than humans, without oiliness or stagnation ( the state where the river water or lake water stops flowing or moving.) This type of swimming spot can be dangerous for your lab, and you should avoid this.
6. Don’t swim in a swimming pool:
Labrador retriever is a copycat of humans. They copy most of the things of their owner. It is better to avoid swimming with your lab in a swimming pool because your lab might later decide to go for a swim alone. It is not suitable for your lab. Even strong swimmers of labs have drowned in swimming pools after they jumped in and then couldn’t figure out how to get out.
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7. Never swim alone with your lab:
If you plan to swim with your lab alone in the ocean or lake, or river, I recommend you stop doing this. I don’t know where you decide to swim with your lab; you should avoid swimming when no one is present near. It can be dangerous for both of you. As loyal and trustworthy as your lab is, he or she may not be able to rescue you if you have a problem in the water. Suppose someone is near you when you are swimming with your lab. It can be beneficial in the worst situation.