I took Doc to Dog beach today for the first time. (I live in San Diego County). It was really fun. At first he was afraid of the water and would run away when it would wash up near him. After a while, I coaxed him out in the water and he started liking it. He wanted to play with the other dogs really bad, but everyone had to keep their dogs on leashes. I wouldn't have taken his leash off anyway, because I don't trust that he would come back to me whenever I wanted him to. I have a built-in swimming pool at home but he doesn't go in it on his own. We've taken him in it several times and showed him how to swim to the steps just in case he should fall in. It would be fun if he would develop a liking of the pool so he could play and swim with us and burn off some energy.