I am a Golden Retriever that enjoys swimming. When I lived in HI last year I swam in the ocean 2-4 times a week. I Golden LOVEd it and if you’ve followed my blog you’ve seen photos and read many of my HI beach blog posts. Click Here to read my HI beach adventures.
Swimming is an excellent total body conditioning activity. For an active senior dog like ME, swimming will always be on my list of activity. Now that I am back home, swimming in the lake is not an option. I swam in the lake when I was young but my Golden skin did not do well with the quality of the lake water. An indoor pool is the only option. It is certainly not free but mom says it’s well worth it. In our area, most of the indoor pool are built for Canine Hydrotherapy. The pool tends to be smaller than a human swimming pool. The water is safely treated and heated in certain degree like 88-92 degrees which helps relaxes the muscles. The warm water allows for a decrease in pain, muscle spasms and stiffness.
Typically canine hydrotherapy is used as treatments for injuries and rehabilitation. Nowadays, lots of dogs use canine hydrotherapy as a form of exercise to help maintain a fitness level.
We found out that a 20-25 minute swim is equivalent to about a 4-5 mile walk. WOW!
Exercising in warm water and a controlled environment provides many benefits, such as:
- Non weight baring exercise
- Builds Muscles
- Reduces stiffness in the joints
- Lessens stress on joints and muscles
- Improves circulation
- Provides anti inflammatory relief
- Improves overall well being
I went to Splash Dog (about 30 minutes from my home). I went for a Canine Hydrotherapy fun swim. Even though I am a good swimmer, I had to wear a safety vest. The harness on the vest was used to guide me on the pool (stay in the pool). There’s a bench on the edge of the pool which serves as a resting place. ME resting … I only rested for seconds and I Woof Woof and more Woofs ready to go again again again …
I brought my beach buddy Chuck It. Definitely, A Golden SPLASH Joyful Swim.
Golden Thanks to Splash Dog for their superb service and
making my first canine hydrotherapy fun swim enjoyable.
I am joining this post to FitDog Friday Hop,
hosted by SlimDoggy and Peggy’s Pet Place.
Lots of Golden L♥VE n Woofs