ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Doing The Dog Paddle

Updated on July 8, 2011

If you have a dog, you understand there are dogs that love to swim and those that do not. Many adore splashing around and will swim in any type of water in any weather. Labradors, goldens and various hunting dogs fall into this category. It is hard to keep them out of the water. Yet, some dogs seem to have trouble. They walk like a snotty cat through even the smallest puddles. Some pitbulls are like that. They don’t want to ruin their coiffeur. Yet swimming can be very beneficial no matter what your dog’s preference.

Why Take Your Dog Swimming?

Swimming offers a variety of benefits for your favourite canine. It is above all FUN. It is a time for your dog to play, act silly - chasing waves, balls, sticks and other objects – including his or her own tail or leash. Yet swimming is also a healthy form of exercise. Paddling in the water provides a dog and his or her owner with several health benefits:

1. Develops your dog’s stamina

2. Improves fitness

3. Improves muscle tone

Swimming utilizes all the muscles in your dog that other types of exercises fail to use. At the same time, swimming places less stress on your canine’s joints and bones. This is one reason why hydrotherapy has become part of an injured or arthritic dog’s therapy. Swimming can be useful for

· Overweight dogs

· Dogs recuperating from an injury

· Following an operation

· Any instance where muscles have begun to atrophy

Precautions

If your dog enjoys water do take him or her swimming. It is always wise, however, to consider a few useful guidelines:

· Never leave your dog alone in the water. Even if you only stand on the shore be there

· Watch your dog does not stray into over deep water

· Make sure your dog does not tire him or her out

· Since dogs tend to drink the water, make sure it is safe for them to drink

· Never throw their toys, stick or ball out to far or into unknown waters

· Never toss a puppy into the water to teach it how to swim. This is cruelty to animals

· Rinse off your dog after it has been in the water – particularly around the eyes and ears.

· Rinse the hair and skin thoroughly specifically if your dog has problems with allergies

Conclusion

Not all dogs enjoy or are suitable for water. While labs, shepherds, collies, pointers and goldens love to splash around, others, such as pugs and bulldogs, may paddle in the water but are not built for swimming. Know what your dog likes to do and let it go at that. Forcing him or her to swim doesn’t work. It may result in the opposite effect. For those who love it, let them. Just take the right precautions, sit back and watch them take pleasure what, for some of them, comes perfectly naturally.


Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)