Fitness with our Dogs: Jack & Maggie Learn to Swim
FitDog Friday is all about canine fitness and we often write about fitness tips or fitness research that can help you and your dog stay fit and healthy. Today, we are taking a different approach and will be sharing some “fitness fun at the lake”. After all, fitness should be fun and as you will soon see, we had a lot of fun introducing a new form of exercise to our Labradors.
We were excited to take Jack & Maggie on vacation to Big Bear. They both came from pretty hard knocks backgrounds and we love introducing them to new experiences. We have taken them swimming before, but only in a small swimming pool, the beach and a small stream near us, so no place where they could really swim like a Lab should. Neither of them seemed to show much interest in the water, the most they would do is wade around as long as we waded with them, so we weren’t sure how they would react to a lake.
The first day we took them down to the shore. Unfortunately, they were both much more interested in all of the smells and Jack immediately found a dead fish and ate it in 5 seconds. After that, he stayed pretty focused on finding more dead fish the whole time.
Maggie was looking for fish too, but she was much more comfortable wading out into the water. She’s still fearful about new things, so we just let her go at her on pace. The first day, all she did was wade around.
But the second day, she started out checking for fish with Jack and then waded out into the water, walked around a bit and then just kept going until she was swimming. She was a natural. I didn’t catch her first excursion on video, but this one is pretty similar.
Jack’s experience was a bit different. He would wade out a bit like Maggie but was more interested in combing the beach, looking for anything edible. We had him on a long rope and we would lead him out, but as soon as his feet could no longer touch, he turned around. Steve picked him up and walked him out a few feet, but he’d turn right around and head back to the beach. We kind of gave up.
Later we were sitting on the dock and a fish jumped out of the water right in front of him. That really got his attention and he started to try and figure out how he could get out off the dock to get the fish. The following captures that adventure. [You may have seen this on our FB page already, but it’s pretty funny, enjoy it again.]
Since this was our “backyard” last week it fits right into our K9Kamp Backyard Fitness Fun & Games. This was sure fun for the dogs, and fun for us. Swimming is a great low impact exercise. For seniors like Jack and Maggie it’s especially good and an added bonus is the nice cold water on their joints acts like an icepack for reducing inflammation.
And we are happy to announce the winner of our great K9Kamp Giveaway. Jan Keefe of Wag ‘N Woof Pets is our prize winner! Congratulations Jan, this is quite a prize package you’ve got. Thanks to all our generous partners for donating such great stuff!
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