Five Reasons Why Dogs
Love to Swim
Dogs love to run, chase, and fetch. But what about swimming?
We have all seen those big dogs swimming in the lakes, ponds, and oceans.
We have also all seen the owners of these dogs fighting to get them out of the water only for the dogs to run back in. Though it is not only big dogs who love the water! The love for swimming is not only for the big dogs, but dogs of all sizes. Here are five reasons why
your dog loves the water.
That’s right, just likes us our pets love the weightlessness of being in the water. The buoyancy of the water diminishes the effects of gravity allowing the body to be supported in the water. Swimming is a great exercise as it places less stress on joints, bones and muscles, and increases independence of movement. Dogs are able to move more freely in the water, enabling weightless exercise they cannot achieve with being on land.
2. POSITIVE ASSOCIATION
It is common for one to think that dog breeds such as Retrievers, Spaniels, and
Newfoundlands are innate water lovers. While there are dog breeds that are
genetically built to be better swimmers than others, a dog’s love for water comes from positive association. Similar to children, dogs need to know they are safe and can trust their ability to swim in the water before they can enjoy the fun of swimming. This couldn’t be any more apparent than when you see a bichon frise swimming out to fetch a toy while a Labrador stays wading in the water.
The most obvious reasons why dogs love to swim is exercise! Once a dog knows how to swim they become naturals and adapt very quickly. This low-impact exercise does wonders for your dog. The resistance of the water activates muscles to work harder while giving the feeling of being weightless. It is the perfect exercise for your dog to get a good work-out while protecting their joints. Guaranteed your dog will sleep like a log after a good swim session.
4. MENTAL STIMULATION
Dogs become bored very easily, any dog owner can attest to this. Swimming is not only a great form of physical stimulation but also is great for a dog’s mental well-being. While swimming a dog modifies their walking movement from a trot, to a paddle. Many of us started our first swimming lesson learning what is called the ‘doggy paddle.’ Although a dog swimming looks as natural as a fish in water, there is more focus on what their body is doing than we realize. Much like us, their brain is assessing the activity and the surroundings while they are swimming. With the brain and the body working at the same time, the increase in focus and drive keeps the dog engaged in this fun activity.
The fifth, final, and most simple reason why dogs love to swim is because it is fun! Dogs who love swimming are like kids in a swimming pool, it’s hard to get them out. One minute of swimming is equivalent to four minutes of land exercise. The feeling of being weightless while getting a full body workout is hard to beat.
Not only is swimming fun for dogs, it also provides pain relief from arthritis, inflammation, and mobility issues. At our warm water, salt-based pool your dog can enjoy the fun benefits of swimming all year round in a safe controlled environment.
-K9 Rehab Wellness Centre