The first time I took my water phobic dog to the beach he was in his element running on the lovely wet sand, until.... A flock of seagulls flew out to sea so he gave chase and suddenly realised he was neck deep in the sea. He froze and would not move. Several minutes later OH was taking shoes and socks off ready to wade in when he 'came round' and galloped to the beach. This is supposedly a gundog who will water retrieve. Hmm.