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my brother has a yellow lab that when retrieveing a duck that dives down underwater he follows by diving himself after the duck and usually comes back up with the duck but this worries me and my brother sometimes about him drowning is this normal in labs to dive down after ducks

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mine does it all the time. i wouldn't worry about it. in fact, i usually swell up with pride when my "boy" comes up with one that my hunting buddies are sure is going to get away from him.
 

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I second that Swampy, I just love it when my dog dives under and comes up with the duck that just dissapeared under the water. With most Labs it is a natural instinct as they were used off the coast of NFLD to retreive fish and gear way back in the early part of their development.
 

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gsphunter said:
I know a lab that dives down and picks up rocks off the bottom of a lake.
i friend of mine claims that Labs can actually smell underwater and has told me many times about his old dog that used to be able to fetch a rock thrown into the water. the dog would stick it head underwater and come back up with the exact rock that was thrown.

any truth to this?
 

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My lab dives and I am proud of her for doing so. I only get worried when she does it near ice :eek: ! Other than that she will circle in the area she last saw the duck dive then waits for it to pop up. Good dog...
 

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I know my uncles lab doesn't come up with the same rock.

Where is your buddy throwing these rocks in at. Are there any other rocks around? I don't know how a dog would smell underwater, because to smell a dog would have to inhale through its nose. I could see if the guy is throwing rocks on a sand bar or if the dog is just marking really well where the rocks went down.
 

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Swamp Puppy said:
gsphunter said:
I know a lab that dives down and picks up rocks off the bottom of a lake.
i friend of mine claims that Labs can actually smell underwater and has told me many times about his old dog that used to be able to fetch a rock thrown into the water. the dog would stick it head underwater and come back up with the exact rock that was thrown.

any truth to this?
i find the "smell under water" pretty hard to believe. like previously stated, he would have to inhale to do that and the last i heard lungs don't like be full of liquid, on dogs or people.
 

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my lab will put her whole head underneath the water and come up with a different rock then the one we threw in there, but it is hiliarious because she will keep her head under the water for quite awhile.
 

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a few weeks ago I caught a few crayfish at the creek by our house and let my pup play with them. she figured out pretty quickly where they came from. now she'll wade in midstream and she dunk her whole head trying to catch them. she hasn't caught one on her own yet that I can tell, but it is funny to see her come up with a mouth full of rocks and mud. :laughing:
 

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gsphunter said:
Where is your buddy throwing these rocks in at. Are there any other rocks around? I don't know how a dog would smell underwater, because to smell a dog would have to inhale through its nose. I could see if the guy is throwing rocks on a sand bar or if the dog is just marking really well where the rocks went down.
his claim is that the dog would come up with the same rock that was thrown and would fetch it from among many other rocks. personally, like the rest of ya, i find this rather hard to believe.
 

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there is a guy here on lake Ontario, who's dog can retrieve the same rock, on a bottom covered with rocks. thats not hard for me to believe. we should all have dogs that can mark that well.
 

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870,

how does the dog identify the rock? is it different from all of the others on the bottom? if they are of similar size and color is where i have a problem believing...
 

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I don't man, it was weird, after my last post I recalled and other dog that did the same thing. It was a lab, a kid came up to me and said throw this rock in, and he bring it back to you. I thought to my self ya right, I through it, and he brought the same rock back. It wasn't in deep water, maybe 2 or 3 ft but still, the same rock? That's what made me think of training my dog to dive for ducks. I have no reason to BS you. If you want to believe me that cool, if not that's cool to. I'm just sharing what I to be true. I guess they swim with their eyes open, and recall the shape
 

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870, i am not trying to call you out. i just wanted more info to see how in the world the dog accomplishes that. it's not about believing you... :thumbsup: i have no reason to doubt you.
 

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I didn't think you were, just if I were you, I wouldn't believe it. When I heard of the dog on the lake, retrieving the same rock I didn't believe it. I thought, "impossible, can't be done, no dogs that good". Then I saw with my own eyes the lab do it, it made me a believer. It was on a cobble stone bottom, of different size rocks. I train Max there because it's just like the bottom and shoreline we hunt. The dog must be great at marking, to not only recall where the rock went in, but also recall the shape and size of the rock. That's the only explanation I can come up with, on how the dog did what he did. What's sad is, the dog was totally untrained, just a family dog, all that lost potential. Again to most who read this, it sounds like it should be on the pages of a supper market
tabloid, or Ripley's Believe or Not.lol…
 
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