Exercising the dogs is a good way to avoid other responsibilities. It's a necessary interruption. Walking in town is good exercise for all of us. Going to the dog park is better for the dogs and worse for us. The dogs run; we stand and watch. Or we stroll. Or wade.
The wading is an attempt to get the dogs into the water willingly. Though water dogs as a breed, they didn't get early exposure and now they're leery. Jackson's pretty easy to persuade. Lucy not so much. But she'll come to me because I ask her to.
We want them to swim because they need to cool off and it is good, low-impact exercise. But I may have to go all the way in before they learn.