Stephen Barnard (
Fri, 12 Jul 1996 15:42:33 -0800

Stephen Barnard wrote:

> I want to make this crystal clear: I *never* asserted that humans have
> no instinctive ability to swim. You must have gotten confused by the
> depth of the quotes. I have *NO POSITION* on this question.
> I am, however, very interested in dogs and I participate actively in
> rec.pets.dogs.behavior. Remarkably, some people in that newsgroup
> have reported that they actually had to *teach* their Labrador
> Retrievers to swim. The Labrador Retriever is bred primarily for
> retrieving ducks from a boat or a blind. A typical Lab can swim like
> a seal.
> Steve Barnard

I'd like to add that I was taught to swim by my grandfather, whose
method was to toss me off a boat into the Chesapeake Bay. I swam just
fine from the get go.

Steve Barnard