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has tons of energy, swimming will help burn off some of that energy in a positive way.
It is especially beneficial to teach your dog to swim so that he/she can be water safe. With patience, all dogs will learn to swim and enjoy it.
Swimming is one of the most beneficial ways to get and keep your dog in good physical condition. Throwing a toy for the dog to retrieve can raise the intensity level of exercise.
If you are interested in spending some quality time with your dog, swimming together can be a great way to do it. Both of you will benefit from the physical activity as well as enjoy the time together.
Many vets and canine rehab specialists recommend adding swimming to a conditioning and/or rehabilitation program.
Dogs that compete in water sports need to be able to work in pools as well as natural waters. Dock diving requires the dog to have a level of fitness and conditioning that enables them to do the equivalent of a high jump, a broad jump and a long distance bumper retrieve. In order to have the dog compete at its peak, practice is crucial. A pool with a competition dock is a must.
While rivers and ponds are awesome places to take your dogs, a swimming pool can be an even better alternative.
An in ground pool can provide a properly balanced ph. Pools that use a mineral water filtration system allow the water to be clean and sanitary without the harsh odor and effects of chlorinated water. The dog’s coats remain healthy and shiny and their skin doesn’t get dry and itchy. In addition, they aren’t breathing in the chlorinated odor which can be irritating to some dogs and people.
For dogs who are older or who have mobility issues, steps designed specifically for dogs allow them to enter and exit the pool safely on their own. Unlike above ground pools where the dogs have to climb into them or the uneven shore lines of ponds and rivers, dogs can swim in the in ground pool without dealing with those issues. There is an added benefit to having a person in the water with them at all times to spot them while swimming and making sure they enter and exit safely.
For dogs that may tend to wander off, having the entire area fenced in alleviates the worry of losing a dog.
Swimming is an activity that a dog can do from the time it’s a tiny puppy until well into its senior years. If you haven’t already done so, please consider introducing your dog to the joys of swimming. Both of you will be very glad you did! By Fay Fowler Gross for Timber Ridge Pet Resort. For more information, call 410-239-6225 or visit www.timberridgepetresort.com. See ad page 2.