How many of you have dogs that LOVE the water? Kate the Kelpie loves to swim any chance she gets! Swimming is a healthy, low impact and fun activity for you and your dog! With summer right round the corner, take a look at all the benefits of swimming for your dog and ready them for a splash adventure!
1. Cardio vascular benefits
Swimming helps your dog build their cardio vascular fitness through aerobic exercise. Aerobic exercise essentially means doing an activity that requires more oxygen intake than normal and as a result strengthens the heart and lungs. A healthy heart and lung capacity means your dog can play, run and swim for longer with less risk of injury!
2. Low impact all over body workout
Swimming provides an all over body workout for your dog as nearly every muscle is used. The more your dog swims, the more muscle tone and strength they will build! Pet obesity is a growing issue, swimming helps shed that ‘puppy fat’ and get your dog lean and slim ready for any adventure to come!
It is also a low impact activity. When submerged the water takes most of the dogs weight, this provides a weightless experience which takes away impact to the skeletal system when exercising. For older dogs or dogs with arthritis or sore stiff muscles this is an ideal setting in which to strengthen muscles and exercise in a gentle setting.
3. Keep cool in summer
Sounds obvious but Australia has some of the hottest summer temperatures found anywhere! When the temp outside gets a bit too hot for long walks, hit the beach, river or lake instead and go for a swim to cool off. You both get some exercise and as an added bonus – cool off too!
4. Sleep better
Have you noticed how well you sleep after a good swim? Swimming involves moving through water which is denser than air. For your dog to swim a distance they are working every muscle against the water, this means every doggie paddle becomes a resistance exercise. So makes sense your dog is tired after a good swim session!
A well exercised dog is content and more than likely looking forward to the moment they get to flop at home and sleep!
5. It’s fun!
Swimming is fun and it is an activity you can do together! Take a tennis ball down to the water and watch the games with your dog unfurl! A sea change (or lake or river!) really can do wonders for your dog. Changing up their routine, environment and exercises keeps them challenged and mentally stimulated and as a result you will have a very happy dog on your hands!
There you have it! Just some of the benefits for your dog swimming. Swimming truly is a fantastic activity to keep your dog fit and healthy and can round out your dog’s wellbeing nicely, ensuring you have a happy and healthy dog!