May is here and the temperatures are staying warmer, which means doggie swimming!
Swimming is a GREAT way to exercise your pups. Its easy on their joints, you can swim together, and it can be a much needed alternative to their winter routine. With my dogs, one is a natural swimmer. She has webbing between her toes and she is fearless when it comes to the water. She’d rather swim after a stick than run after one any day. My male dog, Daemon, however will get in the water only up to his stomach and prefers running to swimming. But he’s always game for a trip to the lake.
If you have access to water and a safe swimming area try taking your dog for a leisurely swim. Make sure you are trying it out in an area where you can stand, as some dogs can get panicky and try to climb on you. Swimming is especially good for older dogs who have a hard time moving around.
With clients who give me permission and have tried swimming with their dog, I will happily take pups swimming for their exercise!
One of the beautiful things about dogs and swimming….they don’t worry at all about bathing suit season.