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Dog Fitness and Conditioning
Typically, if people think of swimming for animals, it is generally associated with rehabilitation and therapy. The thought of using swimming as a means of conditioning is left for those dog owners lucky enough to have their own pool or have a retrieving breed that can be encouraged to swim and work out by retrieving in ponds and lakes. Here at the Animal Swim Center swimming can be applied to any breed to provide a controlled exercise routine that will:
  • increase stamina;
  • tone up and build muscle;
  • reduce fat;
  • lose weight;
  • increase agility and performance;
  • strengthen limbs;
  • increase confidence.
Being able to swim in laps and keep track of the time and distance enables a structured program to be developed and followed that maximizes the benefits that swimming provides.

The Conditioning Program
b/w dogOnce the dog has "graduated" from the training program a program is developed that gradually increases, in time and distance, the amount swum. Each time the dog swims, the distance is increased, broken up with rest periods, that maximizes the physiological changes taking place in the exercising animal. This is similar to interval training used by performance athletes to reach top physical condition. We structure programs that consider the breed, initial physical condition and normal exercise routine, how well the dog swims and frequency of swimming. For maximum benefit and fastest results, we recommend swimming at least three times a week.

For retrieving breeds, the session can be a combination of controlled laps and retrieving or all retrieving, depending on the fitness level of the dog and the desired end results.

For trainers, the pool provides an excellent, controlled environment to work with the dogs in the retrieve, discipline and commands.

For show breeds, swimming helps tone up muscles, removes flab and excess weight, provides energy and helps balance and controlled movement.

Swimming for the fun of it
Many owners let their dogs swim just for the fun of it to provide an outlet for their energy and the enjoyment that both the dog and the owners get from participating in a fun time together. Center staff understand that relationship and encourage "family" time at the pool that maintains that special bond that dogs have with their owners. Sorry, county health and safety regulations do not allow owners to swim in the pool with their dogs.

Contact information and directions to our facilities.

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35469 Millville Road, Middleburg, VA 20117
Telephone: 540-687-6816   FAX: 540-687-8025

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