The Dog Beach is fun and has added Health Benefits too!
With the warmer summer weather approaching, now is the perfect time to grab your four-legged friends and head down to your local dog beach, river or lake.
Getting your dog to the water is a fun way get relief from the heat and reap some wonderful physical and mental benefits.
Playing in the water has numerous benefits for all dogs, regardless of size, shape and physical condition.
Dog Beach Benefits include…
- Due to the greater resistance of water it is estimated that one minute of swimming for dogs is equivalent to about four minutes of running (according to Dr Arleigh Reynolds, a Veterinary Surgeon and Canine Physiologist).
- This makes it an excellent form of exercise, encouraging increased muscular tone, cardiovascular fitness, weight management. It’s also a quick and effective way of wearing your pooch out, resulting in a calmer, happier and healthier dog!
- The buoyancy of water reduces the stress of weight bearing on joints. It allows the muscles to be used without the added stress of gravity and encourages a greater range of movement. This is particularly beneficial for older dogs, dogs with restricted mobility, and dogs who suffer from pain, stiffness and other conditions.
- Water increases relaxation and circulation, which can help with pain and spasms. It can also assist dogs with emotional issues such as depression and lack of confidence. A dog’s size and shape can also be disguised whilst in the water, allowing dogs to feel less intimidated when meeting new friends.
- Water is a key ingredient for great physical and mental stimulation for your dog, so what are you waiting for? Grab your sunscreen, towel and four-legged buddy and get ready for some great fun!
- Always remember to supervise your dogs at all times and remember certain breeds are better swimmers than others.
- If your dog is new to swimming, give it time to feel comfortable around water. Never force them or become angry if they resist.
- Consult your vet or a registered dog trainer for further information and assistance.