Saturday, May 28, 2011

Swimming Lessons For Dogs

Not all dogs naturally take to the water. Some breeds such as Bulldogs, Dachshunds, and Basset Hounds need help propelling themselves through water.

A growing number of aquatic centers nationwide now give dog swimming lessons. Swimming, of course, helps arthritic dogs regain mobility, helps keep dogs in shape, and also loose weight. The facilities are designed with a dog's safety in mind, complete with slip resistant decking to wide pool steps for easy exit and entry. They do not even use eye-stinging chlorine, instead is a high-tech filtration system. The water is kept warm for puppies and older, arthritic dogs.

In northern California your dog will find a pool with jets at The Swimming Dog; outside Chicago the Carriage Hills Kennels opened a new indoor dog pool, and near Baltimore the Canine Fitness Center has two large dog pools.

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