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Old 02-28-2011, 06:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For you ocean dwellers,

How do you keep your dog from drinking ocean water? How sick do they get from a swim in the ocean?

I'm going on a vacation soon and I know my thirsty dog will take a drink immediately. if he hates the taste, that could be the end of that, but he's such a big lug sometimes I could see him slurping it up.

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Mine ocean swim alot, sometimes she will slug the water so far no problems..I did have another gsd who really slugged salt water and would vomit it up

I do hose Masi down after a salt water swim, just like us, they tend to get sticky if the water is really salty.
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thank you very much Jakoda. Cody will be the dummy puking it up LOL

I'm assuming to make sure he re-hydrates afterward
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When I took my Golden to the beach in Maine, she kept trying to lap up the water (she'd give a slurp and then stop, but then she'd try again a little later). I just kept telling her to "leave it" and eventually she caught on that it tasted bad. However after we were done swimming she did throw up once. I just made sure she had plenty of fresh water to drink.
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Thanks Chicago Canine. he is good with leave it.

how far out do you let them get? with undertoe (spell?) and tides I'm leary. I'll be out there with him, but I'm not even very confident of a swimmer in the ocean...
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Yeah I was worried about that too... I ended up finding a beach that was basically like a giant tide pool when the tide was out, it was protected from the ocean proper except when the tide came in, so there was no undertow (plus that meant the water was warmer!) We left when the tide started coming in (the water temp went down so I could tell.) She mostly stayed right near me, and the water didn't go up past my chest. Some beaches stay shallow for a long distance from the shore so that might be good to find.
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I also tend to like going at low tide and if I think the surf is to rough, (mostly high tide) I won't let her go in..
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good thought on the tide pool if i can find one. sounds like you guys had fun
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Yes we had lots of fun! Ginger (my Golden) was totally in love with the ocean. That trip was the only time I think she ever saw or swam in the ocean, although we do have the "mini ocean" (lake Michigan) here.

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Wolfie spends most of the spring and the entire summer with me on the beach. He eats the sand like a nut and drinks the water. I try to stop him, but he keeps doing it. He gets home, I hose him off, and then the next morning he has diarrhea.
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