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Why is my dog afraid of water?

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I have a labrador retriever. I've heard that they love water. Why is mine afraid? He hates baths and doesn't go near the water when we go to lake.
asked Jan 13, 2014 in Dog Behavior by anonymous

1 Answer

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Most labradors do love water, but every dog is different. It's possible that  your dog had a bad experience with water - a near drowning or having water thrown or sprayed on him as a punishment. It could also be a response to fear or mistrust of people. Just as with people, dogs can develop fears for no apparent reasons. With patience and gentle training, fears can be overcome.
answered Jan 14, 2014 by (36,420 points)