Not only is being in the water fun for dogs, but is also one of the most effective ways to exercise dog.
Moving in the water is safe and gentle, providing a great cardiovascular workout for your pet without the harsh impact on their joints. As a non-weight bearing activity, the water provides resistance and buoyancy at the same time, allowing your dog to utilize more muscles, in a concentrated effort, yet without feeling they are exerting more energy from those same muscles. In short, it is the most effective workout your dog can get.
Benefits that canine swimming in Maryland can provide:
- A complete, full-body workout for your dog
- Great way to manage weight or help an overweight dog lose weight
Swimming is done in a heated pool with temperatures set at 82 degrees. This warmer water helps to deeply relax all of the muscles in your dog’s body and helps to improve the blood flow. If your dog is otherwise healthy, a swimming regimen should be paired with a well-rounded exercise regimen out of the water, consisting of walking daily and other physical activities. Water sports, in general, give a more complete and efficient workout utilizing more muscles at one time. Tight muscles are relaxed and endorphins are released, which provide a natural pain reliever and increased serotonin levels. Endorphins are also known as the “feel-good” chemical in the brain. Some studies even show that a five-minute swim for a dog is equivalent to a five-mile run.
Once a week provides measurable benefits in weight loss. The natural resistance provided by moving in the water makes a more effective workout in a shorter period of time. It’s the most efficient physical activity that your dog can perform.
Warm Water vs Cool Water
Our dog swimming pool has the water heated to help with relaxing the muscles, increasing blood flow and is set at a temperature of 82 degrees.