Thank you all!! Oh yes, I am NOT breeding him - he is getting neutered for sure! I am learning so much, I had no clue that he might try and drink ocean water. YUCK! Good tip, LOL!
Be warned, he will drink toilet water too if he gets a chance, once he is tall enough!
We had a black lab, and he was a great dog who loved the water. All water, including the bathtub when our boys were little. Everyone is different, but we don't take our dogs to the beach until they mind very well and can be trusted to come when called in case they would get loose by accident. One of ours will probably never get to go anywhere (we are now her permanent foster home, grandma can't deal with her anymore) because she doesn't mind well enough to stay in a rental house even if she is crated at night and when we aren't there. She is also very skittish, and we aren't sure what she would do if there was another dog at a rest area, etc.
I hope you can post pictures, lab babies are adorable!