Swimming 101 for Dogs

There are many benefits swimming has for dogs that you may not know about but you should check in to see whether your dog benefits from it and how long he needs to swim plus what you should look out for.

Swimming is less stressful for the joints when compared to running and while it won’t replace regular walks, swimming can definitely take your current jogging or biking exercise spot.

Active dogs need around 20-30 minutes of pure swimming for a good workout while others might only need 10-15 minutes.


As with any fitness regimen, your dog can definitely get sore from swimming, especially if you entice him to jump into the water with a toy.

Can dogs get sore after?

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Risks of swimming

A healthy adult dog can probably swim 20 minutes before drowning but the real number greatly depends on your dog's fitness level, breed, and age. Dogs should always be supervised.

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