Vancouver Washington’s Only Warm Water Swim Center for Dogs
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Joyce’s Swim Center for Dogs
Our indoor, warm water pool gives your puppy the safest and easiest possible introduction to water. The water is clean, and we control the current so your puppy can learn to swim without needing to wear a leash for safety. We have no mallards or Canadian geese to tempt your puppy into swimming beyond her strength or your reach, but you are welcome to bring a rubber ducky!
Do you have a young vigorous dog who needs exercise but doesn’t play well with others or thinks a recall from playing is optional? Because your sessions are private, your dog can safely exercise helping to reduce the frustration often felt by under stimulation. A tired dog is a good dog! Swimming can also be a good confidence builder for the timid dog.
If you know your dog has surgery in the future, use swimming at Joyce’s Dogs to build fitness beforehand. A dog who is used to the pool and swimming will also more readily ease back into the water and recovery swimming after surgery.
Warm water swimming at Joyce’s Dogs is great for helping your dog regain fitness. First make sure you and your veterinarian agree that your dog can safely enter the water. Swimming will rebuild their strength and muscle tone lost during surgical recovery without the jolting of trotting around on the ground.
Warmwater swimming at Joyce’s Dogs is excellent exercise for an overweight dog. Most body weight is supported by the water, keeping the excess load from overstressing the joints. Swimming is still great exercise because water provides more resistance to movement than air does.
Senior and/or arthritic dogs enjoy the warmth of the water on their sore joints. Because their weight is largely supported by the water, warm water swimming at Joyce’s Dogs allows them to get the exercise they need without overstressing arthritic joints. The warmth also encourages greater range and freedom of movement.
Do you compete with your dog in canine sports? If so, swimming at Joyce’s Dogs can kelp maintain condition all year round, even when the weather is bad or light is short after work. Swimming uses all major muscle groups, so you can keep your dog fit and balanced.