Dogs and Water: Why Your Pet Loves to Swim
Pets all react to water differently. But we all know dogs love water more than cats, right?
Well, it’s not quite as easy as that, most dogs love the water, but some breeds (like heavier breeds, breeds with short snouts, and breeds with short legs) tend to sink more than swim. And some curious-cats LOVE to play with water, it depends on the animal and if they were trained from a young age to like the water.
A pet to share your love of water with
For the most part, if you’re looking for a pet to share your love of water, dogs are your best bet–especially one of these breeds:
- Golden Retriever
- Irish Water Spaniel
- Portuguese Water Dog
- Standard Poodle
- Chesapeake Bay Retriever
- Irish Setter
- English Setter
Usually, dogs with short legs dislike the water since it’s difficult for them to swim, but this water-loving Dachshund, Crusoe, is an exception to that rule!
Your pet dog enjoys swimming for many reasons, besides the fact it’s just plain fun, here are some of the positive things that comes from swimming:
- Loosens tight muscles
- Increases circulation, endurance, flexibility, range of motion, balance, coordination and muscle strength
- Decreases swelling
- Builds confidence
It’s also great for dogs that suffer from:
- Joint injuries
- Hip/elbow dysplasia
- Spinal injuries
- Mobility problems
- Chronic pain
- Weight reduction
If you’re interested in teaching your pet to swim, here are some tips on how to get started. And if you decide to let your pet swim in your pool, make sure you’re maintaining it properly. But with all the reasons we’ve listed, it’s no wonder more and more people are building pools for their dogs!