Swimming for Dogs
From the smallest, to the largest and everything in-between, for dogs who love to swim, and those who never have, playing in the water has many benefits.
Meet our champion canine swimmers: Male Dachshund Tippy, Female Rottweiler Milano and the two Golden retrievers Jake and Aspen.
Swimming is an all-around healthy activity for your dog. It provides everything from exercise to stimulation, and a needed release for all that pent up energy.
Swimming will help improve their range of motion, mobility, and over-all body condition.
As with any sport activity, you must adhere to the water safety rules. They can drown just like us humans can if they haven’t been in water.
For dogs that can’t swim, you can purchase a life jacket and make sure you get the right size for your dog to enable the vest to do the job properly.
If your pet will be going for a swim in a pool, keep a close eye out and train them where and how to exit. They may become too excited or overwhelmed and could potentially face exhaustion while circling to get out.
Also, remember to rinse them off once they are finished swimming for the day. Chlorine can cause discoloration to their coat.
Don’t be surprised if your dog only swims for a few minutes or has a few short bursts to begin with. Gradually, as their fitness improves, they will be able to swim longer with fewer rests.
In the extreme summer heat, dogs can have a difficult time staying cool since they do not sweat the same way humans do. They cool off through the pads of their feet, and by panting, which pulls air in. Keeping your dog hydrated is important, but you can also help them cool down by taking them swimming.
As with any fitness program, you should start gently and increase their exercise over time. Thanks for watching happy swimming and be kind to your animals!