Rocco recently had the chance to go swimming at his pal Miko's pool.
Of course, it's always safety first with pools and dogs and we kept an eye on the boys at all times.
One of the first things both Miko and Rocco learned was the location of the steps to get in and out the pool. Rocco wasted no time in finding the steps and he launched himself into the water on his own!
Rocco swam out and back and found the steps with no trouble at all. Good boy!
Some terrific benefits of swimming for both dogs (and people, too!) include:
- Helps build strong, toned muscles
- Aids in cardiovascular fitness
- Works range of motion for increased flexibility
Increased flexibility and strong, toned muscles also helps active dogs like Rocco avoid injuries.
Another fun game to play in a pool is raft balancing! Rocco and Miko show off their balancing skills as they work their core muscles on the unsteady surface. Just like the games Rocco plays on his wobble board, balancing on the raft helps build body awareness, strength and confidence too!
Then, after a swim, there's nothing better than a wet dog game of chase!
Rocco loves the water and he's getting to be a stronger swimmer too. We don't get to swim too often, since we don't have a pool in our own backyard. But we both love it, every chance we get!
Does your dog like to swim?
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