This summer, have you and your pooch exercise enough? If the answer is no, it’s not too late. Take advantage of the month and half left of summer weather and allow your dog to maximize all the great outdoor activities. He or she will benefit from all the extracurricular activity. Remember, an active dog is a healthy dog.
One of the best outdoor activities for your dog is swimming. Swimming burns calories, tones muscles, and helps increase your dog’s metabolism. For obese dogs or ones who suffer from arthritis or dysplasia, a brisk dog paddle provides painless exercise because the activity is non-weight bearing. Swimming increases heart rate and blood flow improving lung capacity as well as muscle strength. With increased energy, your dog will be healthier and happier.
When it comes to swimming, there are some very important procedures to follow. Always keep an eye on your dog and assist him or her if needed. Be able to help or guide your dog into and out of the pool safely. If the size or weight of your pooch poses a problem, ask for assistance. And last but not least, make sure your veterinarian approves swimming is a safe activity for your dog.
So make the dog days of summer truly dog days. Go swimming with your best bud and see who can dog paddle the best. We bet you can give him or her a run for their money.