Blog Benefits of Swimming for Dogs

Swimming has several health benefits that can give your dog plenty of exercise. Like humans, swimming develops muscles in a non-impact form, which decreases the risk of injury. It only takes about sixty seconds of swimming to equate to four minutes of running, meaning that your dog will also tire out much quicker than usual.

Combine Land and Water

It is important to realize that your dog needs both land and water exercises, especially when first starting out. Water exercises will help develop certain muscles while land exercises will strengthen your dog’s bones and keep them in shape.

Ease Your Dog Into It

In order to achieve the best results, it is recommended that you gradually ease your dog into the routine of swimming. For the first time around, it is possible that they might only last a few minutes before appearing fatigued. However, overtime they will be able to swim much longer as their muscles start to develop and grow stronger.

Swimming Therapy for Dogs

Swimming also has plenty of therapy benefits that can have a major impact. Whether it is arthritis, post surgery conditions, paralysis, muscle degeneration or another condition, swimming is often an excellent solution. It is for these reasons that swimming is a great form of exercise for your dog.

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