My Rita, who is also a full-blood Lab and 3 years old, never liked the water as a puppy. I tried to get her to swim, and my husband said I shouldn't force her. By the time she was 5 months old, I had to lure her in the water with treats. Believe it or not, she still won't really swim. She'll dive into our pool to fetch a toy, or she'll jump in to swim a lap with me, but then she's out.
My Fenway, who's a mix and 1.5 years old, LOVES the water and will swim his little heart away.
It's funny; I guess you can lead a Lab to water, but you can't make him swim!
That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
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