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The benefits of fun swims for dogs

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Three AmigosAs many owners have the delight of finding out during walks along the beach or beside muddy streams and ponds, the vast majority of dogs love swimming, splashing about and generally getting mucky! Whilst hydrotherapy offers the chance for dogs to improve their general fitness, recover from any injuries and improve their mental well-being, we shouldn’t forget that perhaps the most important thing is that your dog can do all of this whilst also having lots of fun.

Research has shown that dogs experience a rush of endorphins after exercise. Just like in humans, these chemicals that are released into the brain produce a feeling of happiness and satisfaction. There are lots of different ways you can give your dog the type of exercise that triggers this endorphin rush, but fun swim sessions are a great option.

By nature, dogs are extremely active. Without the chance to exercise regularly they can often become bored, frustrated and hyperactive. For busy families, making the time to take the dog out for a walk alongside juggling countless other responsibilities can be difficult. Hydrotherapy programmes can be really useful in providing dogs with the regular exercise they need; in fact, it’s likely that just 5 minutes of exercise in the pool can be the equivalent of a lengthy walk. This means giving your dog the chance to channel this energy into a controlled activity, whilst also providing them with lots of stimulation and fun.

At Witsend, we also like to provide toys and other treats. Adding some games into the exercises that require your dog to think provides great stimulation for them; after all, most dogs love a challenge.

For more information on the benefits of hydrotherapy, as well as a step by step guide of the process, why not read our article on dog hydrotherapy  or alternatively, get in touch with one of our team directly on 0116 244 2455 or email us at [email protected].

Dr Shahad Mohammed
Veterinary Physiotherapist
National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists
Dr Shahad Mohammed