I know labs are high energy,, but they are amazing loyal dogs!! Kenneling a dog is okay,, you will find in a couple more years he will mellow a bit..now the pool thing is harder,, my friends have a pool and a golden retriever,, they love the water too,, they got a shock collar ( I am not a fan) but they never wanted him in the pool at all, they had some kind of lining his claws would tear. So if you do want him in the pool when you want to swim with him,, I would put something in it that would allow him to climb out in case he gets in when you are not there,,, Labs love the water and it is in his nature to want to swim,, maybe you could get one of those alarms that go off when you cross the line around the pool,,it works by motion detection,, perhaps the noise would scare him,, you could turn it on when you didn't want him and and off when you do? Idk but give him a hug from me,, I miss my lab so much!
at 3:16 PM on Jun. 19, 2010