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We're off up to Scotland for a holiday,
I'm looking forward to letting Molly loose on the hills!...(although only for short periods...she's only 5months old!).

I'm hoping to get her to the beach, now my assumption is that she'll just be able to swim without any problems, but I haven't really thought about it until now!....she loves water (especially the hose) but hasn't experienced anything deeper than a puddle...

anything I should look out for? or just watch her go!? :) :)
 

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If i remember rightly (nearly 7 years ago!), Shadow's first encounter with water resulted in him not wanting to come out. He took to it like a duck to water,swimming around in big circles, although he did have an alarming habit of heading out deeper instead of back to the shore! Maybe all those circles disorientated him!

On a serious note, I guess you should try and find a shallow bit of a loch or gently shelving shore to give Molly confidence. Enjoy your holiday!

Cheers,

Paul & Shadow
 

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Careful with some of the lochs as these can quickly plummet to a few hundred feet not far from the shore's edge :D

Where abouts are you going to in Scotland?
 

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Hi,

Where we live we have lots of lovely beaches, and Ben loves to swim. The first time he went out of his depth he panicked as his feet no longer touched the sand but after that he hits the beach and is off towards the sea there's no stopping him!
Like paul said i would try a shallow bit first as you don't want to scare her if she gets out of her depth.
You just reminded me we had a german shephard once who could never swim she used to bounce in and out the water! (sinking and coming up for air :lol: ) Stupid dog!
Have a nice holiday.

Cristina & Ben
 

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Hi Jibber,

A holiday in Scotland sounds lovely, bet you can't wait. I'm sure Molly will have a great time!

We too were a little apprehensive when our Lab Bradley had his first swim, he was just under 5 months old. He started of in a fresh water Lake when we visited the Pyrenees, so was still water (very cold!) and quite shallow. He loved it though - and litterally took to it like a fish to water!

A bit like Shadow, he didn't want to come out!

He's a keen swimmer now, and swims regularly, he's our little Labrafish!

Things to watch out for:

- Any current
- Sharp pebbles/stones/debris
- Dead fish (If Molly finds one you might have a job getting it off her!)
- Be sure to rinse Molly off afterwards, warm water is good, then a good
brush when dry.
- Broken glass on the beach

Take a nice large towel with you, for drying her off, and as she is drying make sure she's free from any drafts. Fresh water for her to drink afterwards is also handy.

When Brad was younger, there was a couple of times when he went swimming in the sea, that he had the 'runs' for a short time after. Swallowing sea water was probably the culprit.


Hope this helps, have a great time.

Julie

P.S Don't forget your camera :wink:
 

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Dylans first encounter was at Erddig Hall grounds,he was about 4 months old and it was freezing cold and very windy,Ian had let him off his lead and he spotted a stream,those little legs going like mad we were shouting for him to stop but he couldnt stop as the wind was blowing him away,i was running trying to catch him, but too late wind got to him first and in he went ,he got quite a shock as it was quite fast running,cold and full of big pebbles,i have never seen ian run so quick,but once the shock had worn off dylan was fine and wouldnt come out but ian got him out ,it was a very short walk that day but he was only out for socialisation and the car journey anyway,i was really surprised he was not put off water by that first time.Lynne.
 

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Forgot to mention, don't forget to clean/dry their ears after a swim, you can get special wipes for this, or kitchen towel works ok for drying.

Julie
 
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