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Swimming is great fun and exercise for your dog. Swimming can also be used to rehabilitate injuries, and is good exercise for older dogs with arthritis and hip dysplasia. I think all dogs should learn how to swim. Dogs need to learn so that you have an alternate way of exercising them, especially if you live in a hot climate, and in case your dog falls in water your dog won't drown.
Last year, I was discussing swimming lessons for a student's Doberman. A friend of hers came home to a tragedy one day: her pit bull was dead, floating at the bottom of the backyard pool. This kind of thing happens more frequently than you might think. Dogs need to learn basic swimming skills in order to be safe around water. Dogs know nothing about water safety, so it is our job to train and supervise them around water. It is also mandatory to construct a safe environment if we are to have a backyard pool. And if we live near a natural body of water, whether a lake, ocean or river, to ensure our dogs will take commands, and if we are not around, to for them to have some skills so they can get back to safety. None of this comes naturally. It is our job to make sure all this comes together.
Training Your Dog To Swim
New research shows that regular swimming exercise can improve vascular health and lower blood pressure.
A research team led by Dr. Nantinee Nualnim of the University of Texas, Austin's Cardiovascular Aging Research Laboratory looked at 43 adults over age 50 with either prehypertension, or stage 1 hypertension but not on any medication. The participants were randomly assigned to either perform 12 weeks of swimming exercises or 12 weeks of relaxation exercises.
by Scott Webb February 7, 2012 14
More evidence linking aquatic exercise and health has been uncovered in a study published recently in the American Journal of Cardiology.
Titled Effects of Swimming Training on Blood Pressure and Vascular Function in Adults over 50 Years of Age, the study concluded that swimming exercise lowered blood pressure and improved vascular function in a sample of previously sedentary older adults.
An abstract from the study stated
Lawmaker Seeks Relief for Noncompliant Facilities
By Dan Schechner
One of the states most active in implementing federal safety measures may allow pools to open this season regardless of whether they comply with the law.
Illinois Rep. Jason Barickman (R-Champaign) has introduced a bill that would provide temporary relief to scores of public and semipublic facilities that have shown good faith in moving toward compliance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, but have been held up by bureaucratic or financial roadblocks.
"While I understand the reason behind the law,