Labradors are natural swimmers, their breed was known as St. John's Water Dog way back in the 16th century though had become extinct in the 1980's yet St. John's water dogs are the known ancestors of the modern retrievers. Labrador retrievers have webbed paws that are useful for what they were were originally breed for and that is to assist fishermen to retrieve fishing nets from the water, specially during cold seasons being a breed that can tolerate extreme cold waters.
We brought Bruno my Lab at Seagrass Beach Resort. Yes they allow dogs to be brought in the resort, the owners being dog lovers themselves. Bruno was restless when we arrived at the resort in the evening. I walked him around the resort so he get familiarized with the place. Some dogs may take longer time to adjust in the new surroundings, but not Bruno. After he sniffs and peed around the ground he relaxed and his tail wiggling as my relatives starts arriving. Bruno happily welcomed them.
I woke up very early the following morning. I changed to swimming clothes and took Bruno to the beach. I wanted to see if what I read about this breed are true . . . . and indeed it was. Bruno has natural liking to water, he immediately went into the water as soon as I took his leash off. He ran around and I can see he is happy being let to move around freely. I took his favorite ball with me and toss it into the shallow water and Bruno quickly ran after it to retrieve the ball. Then after doing that several times I then tried to throw it a little farther in a deeper water and there Bruno started swimming. He was very natural as if he was living near the beach. I was so happy that Bruno was now able to swim, an activity (with LRFCD group) that we let passed months ago.
We spend about a hour at the beach until Bruno got tired of chasing his ball on the water or along the beach. He was already panting when we stopped although he keeps on getting his ball because he still wanted to play. Tired and happy we went back to the cottage to rest and have breakfast. Definitely we will do this again . . . . . soon.