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It was Hazel's first ever trip to the beach. I thought she might be more intrigued, but she was rather indifferent. Neither bothered by the waves rolling in nor drawn to them. But we'll certainly go again if in the area.

How does your BC react at the beach?

 

 

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Samantha was my first border collie and that girl LOVED water. Puddles, streams, ponds ~ she gloried in getting wet, unless it was a bath. I took her to the beach a few times, but she got too focused on 'catching' the waves. So no ocean after that.

My other 2 previous bc and the current one? All sure they're being slowly and painfully murdered.

Ruth & Gibbs

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Cheyenne, the border collie who lived with me on the beach in Mexico (and then later in the US) loved the ocean, and we played with the waves every day. My Jester, with whom I lived on the California coast at the start of our time together, was the same and we always played you chase me I chase you on the beach. He also loved to chase the waves out and get chased back in by the next wave,  and was very adept at the game, never going very far out, keeping his feet on the ground. It was a joy to watch.

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6 hours ago, urge to herd said:

Samantha was my first border collie and that girl LOVED water. Puddles, streams, ponds ~ she gloried in getting wet, unless it was a bath. I took her to the beach a few times, but she got too focused on 'catching' the waves. So no ocean after that.

My other 2 previous bc and the current one? All sure they're being slowly and painfully murdered.

Ruth & Gibbs

That's funny.

I'll say this. It seems as if Labradors were made for the beach. There were plenty of them out there and they were having a ball.

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6 hours ago, D'Elle said:

Cheyenne, the border collie who lived with me on the beach in Mexico (and then later in the US) loved the ocean, and we played with the waves every day. My Jester, with whom I lived on the California coast at the start of our time together, was the same and we always played you chase me I chase you on the beach. He also loved to chase the waves out and get chased back in by the next wave,  and was very adept at the game, never going very far out, keeping his feet on the ground. It was a joy to watch.

Thanks for your input.

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Braden (our full Border Collie) loves jumping of the sand dunes and running back up...then jumping again. Both of them (Braden and Eli) are scared of the waves though.

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My crew has mixed reactions.

Cressa(RIP) used to love the water and would dive into the water with the goal to swim across the lake to Canada.

Valek is indifferent. He knows it cools him off so will head to the water when he is hot but typically needs a reason to get in the water aka bumpers or balls.

Parker non-border collies loves the water and loves to make a splash.

Felix my Golden boy first time seeing water was to run in head first and was so surprised when a wave hit him. He loves to have fun and views the water as a way to have fun.

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On 5/28/2021 at 6:37 PM, SS Cressa said:

My crew has mixed reactions.

Cressa(RIP) used to love the water and would dive into the water with the goal to swim across the lake to Canada.

Valek is indifferent. He knows it cools him off so will head to the water when he is hot but typically needs a reason to get in the water aka bumpers or balls.

Parker non-border collies loves the water and loves to make a splash.

Felix my Golden boy first time seeing water was to run in head first and was so surprised when a wave hit him. He loves to have fun and views the water as a way to have fun.

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They look like they're having a blast.

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Topic is right on time! We are taking our 6 month old to the beach with us next week. She loves the streams and lakes near our house, so it will be interesting to see how she is in the Salt water. 

We are going to a dedicated dog beach, that has umbrellas on posts with d-rings to snap a leash into. They give you a big water bowl and a dog bed that's like a small mesh chaislounge so your dog can get off the sand. They also have nice showers to wash your dog off with. Pretty cool. 

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On 6/6/2021 at 3:48 AM, DrPhong said:

Topic is right on time! We are taking our 6 month old to the beach with us next week. She loves the streams and lakes near our house, so it will be interesting to see how she is in the Salt water. 

We are going to a dedicated dog beach, that has umbrellas on posts with d-rings to snap a leash into. They give you a big water bowl and a dog bed that's like a small mesh chaislounge so your dog can get off the sand. They also have nice showers to wash your dog off with. Pretty cool. 

Sounds like a great place to take a dog. I'm jealous!

So she liked it? She's a beaut! :)

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On 6/19/2021 at 6:45 AM, Dirk CA said:

Sounds like a great place to take a dog. I'm jealous!

So she liked it? She's a beaut! :)

Thanks Dirk!

It's been a great experience for all of us. She's 6 months and we just started working with a trainer, so we were a little nervous about all the distractions there. She went in the water up to her chest the first day and was swimming like a pro the next. Watching her absorb everything around her is quite interesting. Truly an amazing dog. 

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1 hour ago, DrPhong said:

Thanks Dirk!

It's been a great experience for all of us. She's 6 months and we just started working with a trainer, so we were a little nervous about all the distractions there. She went in the water up to her chest the first day and was swimming like a pro the next. Watching her absorb everything around her is quite interesting. Truly an amazing dog. 

That's awesome!

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