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      One thing I did forget. When Bandit started swimming I bought floatable marine rope. I was afraid he would get his legs tangled in a long lead. It didn't happen but there is another option.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Jeff View Post
      I would recommend lakes and ponds first so she learns how to swim and is comfortable swimming. At her age she will have a ton of energy but not a lot of strength as she will next year. Now not to say she shouldn't go in the ocean just that fighting waves are hard and a lot more work and they have to learn that even when their feet touch they can't sit still, a wave is coming right behind them. Then the other thing I do not let Hemi go into the waves unless I am with him and swimming. I just don't. I have had to real him in to the beach for a rest before. He wouldn't know to stop because it is too much fun.

      The other thing if you are driving there, get a tarp for your seat. I think half the beach sand comes right back into my truck.

      Also just a thought, if you have not thought of dog back packs. They are great. I make Hemi carry his towel and mine, spare leash and treats and poop bags. I carry the water. It can really be rough with with wet excited lab and your hands are full.

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      Thanks, everyone, for the great suggestions! We actually have some floating marine rope (what a great idea), so I could easily make a lead for when we go to the ocean. I don't think she's ready for wave swimming yet, so we'll hold off on the shoreline fun times till she's a stronger swimming(or shows aptitude for it at all...right now she just stands in shallows and paws at the surface).

      I love Hemi and his pack! Our last girl would hike with her own food and water, which was really helpful in the mountains. He is cute as pie!
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