Linz--Sorry to throw a wrench in what seemed to be a concensus here, but I have to disagree that a lab makes a poor fishing companion and that you can't keep one out of the water. Meet Trask:
Granted, as a puppy, it's a challenge. But I have taken Trask fishing with me for ten years and a little bit of discipline can, in fact, keep him out of the water. I can't imagane not having him along on dozens of drift boat trips over the years. Sure he'll walk down and get in the water a bit when you're bringing a fish in but who cares about that? As to the point that keeping him out of the water is torture for the dog, I say it's not nearly as much torture as not bringing him along to begin with. Also, some non dog-owners just LOVE to blame dogs for "spooking all the fish" when one look at the guy casting tells you that he wasn't going to catch any fish anyway and that a dog in the water is the least of his worries.Bottom line: every dog is different, but my experience over the past decade has been that, not only is it possible, but it's always worth it.
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