They’re called man’s best friend for a reason. Here’s our guide on choosing a canine.
Yes: Retreivers. Your Goldens, your Labradors — these dudes love the water. And most of them are smart enough to know not to get too deep and jeopardize their wellbeing. So they’ll just follow you in halfway. Get a retriever and you’ll come to find there’s nothing quite like being greeted by a sopping wet canine upon coming in from a session.
No: Toy dogs. The name alone should be enough to spook you. Unless your name is Paris Hilton, you should generally avoid toy dogs. A good rule of thumb: the dog should bark, not yap.
Maybe: Big scary dogs. We’re talking Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, German Shephereds. If you’re down to train the dog to be as sweet as Julian Wilson then go for it. But we’d suggest you not train the thing to be a savage aggressor. Because it is no fun in glancing in at the beach to see your dog mauling someone. That’s a surefire way to put a damper on your session.