I am considering rescuing a 2 yr old choc lab that desperatly needs a home. She is very well mannered and sweet..HOWEVER, she will not stay out of the swimming pool! She is constantly wet, and getting my home constantly wet!! Is this a neurosis or does she just love water that much? It is a real problem and I can't seem to find any info on the subject. Can anyone give advice?
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I am considering rescuing a 2 yr old choc lab that desperatly needs a home. She is very well mannered ... It is a real problem and I can't seem to find any info on the subject. Can anyone give advice?

Labs were meant to be water type dogs and swim out and retrieve ducks when shot over the marshes.
Thank you for considering a rescue. Is it possible to put an invisible fence around the pool to make a boundary to keep her out?
I am considering rescuing a 2 yr old choc lab that desperatly needs a home. She is very well mannered ... It is a real problem and I can't seem to find any info on the subject. Can anyone give advice?

Ummm, I have never had a lab, but every lab I have seen at the dog park seems to have an innate ability to find the wettest area of the park and llie in the puddle there. If they have recently been groomed, the attraction is stronger.
In all honesty, your best bet might be to either keep the dog away from the pool (an IF like diddy mentioned or, even better, a real fence) or find some way to keep your dog in a room/outside until she dries off.

Marcel and Moogli
Ummm, I have never had a lab, but every lab I have seen at the dog park seems to have ... area of the park and llie in the puddle there. If they have recently been groomed, the attraction is stronger.

Only some Labs do this. Many others roll in it making sure all nooks & crannies are now caked with mud.

Tara
I am considering rescuing a 2 yr old choc lab that desperatly needs a home. She is very well mannered ... It is a real problem and I can't seem to find any info on the subject. Can anyone give advice?

The only thing you can do is keep the dog out of the pool by some means whether a physical or invisible blockade. I'm very surprised that you haven't found anything on the net about Labs and water because they adore it. Labs are natural swimmers and they LOVE (I really can't say that loud enough) anything that gets them wet and preferably caked with mud or sand.

Tara
The only thing you can do is keep the dog out of the pool by some means whether a physical ... really can't say that loud enough) anything that gets them wet and preferably caked with mud or sand. Tara[/nq]I have an inground pool. I have a lab mix (who adores swimming) and a flat-coat, who I believe knows how to breathe under water. They are not allowed in the pool. There is no reasonable way to fence off the pool in anyway. They are not allowed in the pool. The Golden and Flatcoat before them were not allowed in either. Of the 4, only one tries to sneak in, and that's only when WE'RE in (and not paying attention to her tennis ball ;-D).

If we put tennis balls away while we're in the pool, she stays out as well. She's a bit of a stealth dog and pretty smart - she'll purposely drop her ball in the pool to demand attention, and if we ignore it, she has this "well - *I* better get it" attitude. If I tell her she better not think about it, she stays out. DH never pays that much attention..
Did I mention that they are not allowed in the pool and ALL have not gone in, even when one of their toys was thrown in due to bad aim?

T-R-A-I-N-I-N-G
Janet Boss
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Did I mention that they are not allowed in the pool and ALL have not gone in, even when one of their toys was thrown in due to bad aim? T-R-A-I-N-I-N-G

Ideally training is best but in this case it sounds like the OP won't keep the dog if she doesn't find an immediate solution. Maybe you can give her pointers on how to teach the new dog to stay out of the pool since you've done it with your brood. I believe you but I'm still amazed...any tricks for teaching them not to roll in every cool patch of dirt they find? Emotion: smile

Tara
Maybe you can give her pointers on how to teach the new dog to stay out of the pool since ... amazed...any tricks for teaching them not to roll in every cool patch of dirt they find? Emotion: smile Tara

A few things: my dogs want to be with me. If I'm inside, they pretty much go out, do their business and come right back in. No quick dip trips!

Helps to get a young puppy or have established obedience in adult dogs. The one dog who has been the challenge is Lucy, who arrived here almost exactly 6 years ago (after pool was closed for the season) and was already almost 2. Her first summer, she was a lot of work - did her Lassie imitation everytime someone went off the diving board or dove into the deep end. She was told to haul her butt out, even over the edge (she's strong enough to do that), so fast, her HEAD was the thing swimming. She's never attempted to go in when I'm not outside - she definitely doesn't want to spend any more time outside without us than absolutely necessary.
Paying attention is a huge part of it, like anything else. Supervision, good recalls, good "stops". Works for cool patches of dirt as well, but I have to admit, that I pretty much am willing to live with that, since it seems to give so much enjoyment!
Franklin is in weekly field training. He isn't allowed to fly into the water every chance he gets, just because he wants to (and boy does he want to). There are several ponds that we work around, and sometimes he doesn't get to go in at all. How's that for torture? Recalls are the biggie there, along with heel of course.
Janet Boss
http://bestfriendsdogobedience.com /
I am considering rescuing a 2 yr old choc lab that desperatly needs a home. She is very well mannered ... It is a real problem and I can't seem to find any info on the subject. Can anyone give advice?

Labs want to swim. It's what they were bred for. It's not a neurosis.

Is her swimming the problem, or is her getting the house wet the problem?

If the former, there's no magic formula: You either have to train her or put up a barrier.
If the latter, I suggest a large supply of towels between the pool and the house, and never letting her inside until you've stopped her and dried her off.
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