Why Swim your canine?
Swimming is one of the best exercise options available. It is low impact and uses nearly every muscle.
Statistics show over 50% of canines are over weight. This option allows dogs to start exercising without the added weight "weighing" them down.
It also helps canine athletes continue to build muscle tone, increase cardiovascular fitness, loosen joints, relax muscles, and increase flexibility. It has also proven to be helpful to manage osteoarthritis, neurological issues, and allow dogs to recover from surgery faster.
In the Spring of 2015, we broke ground on a natural swimming pond at our home in Mechanicsville, Iowa. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned and we are still in the construction phase. The pond will have a swimming area over 50 foot long, four foot deep, and 20 foot wide (meeting regulations for organizations such as Ultimate Air Dogs). We will also have the space to put in a full size (40 foot) dock. Natural swimming ponds have the clarity of swimming pools, without all the chemicals. It uses plants, water movement, and rocks for natural filtration. This beach entry will bring the pond size up to 80 foot long by 50 foot wide. The additional size is part of the reason for the delays. Although it has added time to the construction phase we know it will be worth it in the end.
In June 2017, we purchased a "Splash Pool" (17' x 29' x 4') to hopefully speed up the process. Unfortunately, this did not help. The pool was supposed to be installed by mid July, but the company was unable to get us into their 2017 schedule. We are first on the list for 2018 and looking forward to the warmer weather.