Why Swimming is Great Exercise for Your Dog

There are many articles and videos published each year promoting the benefits of swimming for humans. Swimming also provides many benefits for dogs as well. These are a few of the benefits of dogs swimming.


All dogs need regular exercise to remain healthy. Swimming provides excellent exercise for your canine companion, and provides both muscle strengthening and a good cardiovascular workout.

Swimming is also a great way for dogs to burn off extra energy. This is helpful for all dogs, but especially helpful for dogs that have lots of energy. The exercise they get while swimming helps to stem behavioral problems that arise from pent up energy.


Dogs need stimulation just like humans. A dog that is bored may be unhappy and may engage in destructive behavior. Swimming provides stimulation for dogs. You can increase the stimulation that your pet experiences while swimming by joining them in the water and playing together.


Summer temperatures may make it difficult to exercise your dog outdoors. Swimming is the perfect warm weather exercise for dogs because it allows them to cool down while also enjoying some exercise.


It is important to remember some safety guidelines before allowing your dog to swim. Some dogs are not good swimmers. If your pet struggles with swimming, you can use a safety vest designed for dogs. This will help the dog stay afloat and assure that they have a good time. It is also important to be sure that the water where your pet is swimming will be safe. Natural bodies of water may be home to dangerous animals or may be polluted.

At Tailwaggers Country Inn, we are passionate about dogs. We have an in-ground, filtered pool so dogs can enjoy a swim in a safe, clean environment. Contact us at 877-774-DOGS to learn more about our pet boarding and daycare services.