Swimming is an excellent exercise for your dog to take part of.
It works the heart and the lungs as well as stimulates the entire musculature system.
Unlike heavy running and darting through hard ground, this will not be hard on the hips and shoulders. This makes it perfect for puppies that are just developing and adult dogs that have any sort of structural defects.
If properly introduced to this, most dogs can learn to very well. Keep in mind that there are a few breeds that are just not built to swim so well.
One example is the bulldog. The bulldog has a wide torso and such short legs that it becomes difficult.
This also makes for tough breathing in the water for dogs with similar physical attributes.
Dachshund and basset hounds also have a hard time in the water but it does not mean that they will not or cannot enjoy it .
Some dogs just plain hate the water and it usually is because of not being properly introduced to it.
The absolute worst thing you can do is just throwing your dog into water.
This is the biggest mistake that dog owners make when wanting to teach their dog how to swim.
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