13 Reasons Why Your Dog Needs To Swim

Doggy swimming pools are cropping up all over the place and while many are used for therapy, most also offer private swim classes and pool time for any dog. These pools are safer than a river, where your dog could be swept away and with a certified instructor present, it’s a great way to introduce your dog to swimming. But why do it? Judi Truskey is a Certified TTouch Practitioner who also holds dog swimming classes. Here are her reasons why you should get your dog into a pool.

#1 – Weight loss

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#2 – Exercise without stressing joints 

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#3 – Cross-training

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#4 – Increased range of motion

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#5 – Confidence building

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#6 – Injury recovery, including sanity for active dogs now being restricted in activity due to an injury

 

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#7 – Aerobic fitness

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#8 – Safety near water

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#9 – Gentle exercise for seniors

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#10 – Fun

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#11 – Depending on water temperature, can keep dog cool enough to exercise in hot weather

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#12 –A way for socially-challenged dogs to get vigorous exercise safely

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#13 –Bonding for dog and owner if sharing water time

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