All of my dogs love both. Sunday we took Lakota to the ocean, the waves were about 2' she wasn't thrilled with them. She plays with the sprinklers and only gets her feet wet in the kiddie pool. When we go to the north shore theres no waves she swims no hesitation and last year we visited a friend with a inground pool with a little coaxing she went right in with me. She was born in January but she didn't see snow till just before her 1yr birthday, she had a blast.
My older dogs like when it first snows then become fustrated if they get ice balls in thier feet. My 7 yr old female LOVES water. She lays in the kiddie pool & dunks her whole face in the water, I took her swiming yesterday in the sound. My 9yr old male won't lay in the kiddie pool but will sit if I help him, then he looks at me like "yuck, now my hinny is wet go get the towel. He made me laugh last time I had him swiming on the north shore. Were I go theres a canal with a decent drop off. I was standing closest to shore he was in the water facing me, totally submerged except his head. As I looked closer I realized his front feet were on the ground but his hind end was floating, it was the funniest thing, he was just standing there with his butt floating.
Apache - Shiloh Shepherd 12/15/02
Kiya - Shiloh Shepherd 5/15/04
Lakota - WGSD 1/13/10