There’s a lot of debate over whether or not Border Collies like water. Some people say that they love swimming and playing in the water, while others claim that they hate getting wet. What’s the real story? Do Border Collies like water or not?
First, what type of water are we talking about?
When asking if Border Collies like water, it helps to differentiate between different types of water. For example, you will not find my Border Collie jumping into a swimming pool to go for a swim. But he’ll happily romp around and get wet in shallow water (while barking like an excited little puppy)!
Here are some different types of water that your Border Collie could have different feelings for:
- Deep swimming pools
- Shallow swimming pools
- Rivers and creeks
- Ocean with shallow, calm water
- Ocean with deep water
- Ocean with waves
What if your Border Collie doesn’t like water?
If you find that your Border Collie doesn’t like water, it’s worth trying a different water source. Your Border Collie might not like the beach because the noisy waves are scary. Maybe a calm river would be more to their liking.
It’s also important to never force them into the water if they’re scared. This could traumatise them and make them even more afraid of water.
If you’re not sure how your Border Collie feels about water, the best way to find out is to slowly introduce them to it in a safe and controlled environment. Let them sniff around and get used to the idea of being near water before getting them wet. And always make sure they have a way to get out if they want to!
I can also consider getting a dog life jacket for your Border Collie. Some dogs will feel more confident in the water when they wear a life jacket.
Do Border Collies like water?
Generally speaking, Border Collies weren’t bred to accompany their owners into the water. In that sense, they can lack the natural instinct to jump into water that other water-loving breeds (such as the Portuguese Water Dog or Poodle) have.
But that doesn’t mean they don’t like water at all! Many Border Collies enjoy playing and splashing around in shallower bodies of water. It’s all about finding the right type of water for your Border Collie and slowly introducing them to it in a safe way.