Pool & Spa News April 2, 2016 No Comments

Dogs and Water: Why Your Pet Loves to Swim

Pet dogs playing in waterPets all react to water differently. But we all know dogs love water more than cats, right?

Well, it’s not quite as easy as that, most dogs love the water, but some breeds (like heavier breeds, breeds with short snouts, and breeds with short legs) tend to sink more than swim. And some curious-cats LOVE to play with water, it depends on the animal and if they were trained from a young age to like the water.

A pet to share your love of water with

For the most part, if you’re looking for a pet to share your love of water, dogs are your best bet–especially one of these breeds:

  • Newfoundland
  • Golden Retriever
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Standard Poodle
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • Irish Setter
  • English Setter

Usually, dogs with short legs dislike the water since it’s difficult for them to swim, but this water-loving Dachshund, Crusoe, is an exception to that rule!

Your pet dog enjoys swimming for many reasons, besides the fact it’s just plain fun, here are some of the positive things that comes from swimming:

  • Loosens tight musclesPet dog swimming
  • Increases circulation, endurance, flexibility, range of motion, balance, coordination and muscle strength
  • Decreases swelling
  • Relaxing
  • Builds confidence

It’s also great for dogs that suffer from:

  • Joint injuries
  • Hip/elbow dysplasia
  • Spinal injuries
  • Mobility problems
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic pain
  • Weight reduction

If you’re interested in teaching your pet to swim, here are some tips on how to get started. And if you decide to let your pet swim in your pool, make sure you’re maintaining it properly. But with all the reasons we’ve listed, it’s no wonder more and more people are building pools for their dogs!

Are you ready to build your dog a pet pool?

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Pool News February 7, 2016 No Comments

Swimming With a Polar Bear

Meet the only man on Earth that can swim with a Polar Bear. Mark Abbot Dumas is a professional animal trainer so don’t try this one the next time you visit your local zoo. The fearless animal trainer has spent years domesticating Agee and has trained the bear from infancy. A celebrity in her own right, Agee has appeared in television and movies. Seen here, she goes for dip in a swimming pool with her trainer Mark. The now 16-year-old 7 foot polar bear enjoy a watery cuddle while swimming in the pool.

‘If anyone else tried this they would end up as Agee’s dinner,’ said Mark.

‘The only people in the whole world she likes are me and my wife.

‘I have worked with bears in this way for over 40 years, so I can read Agee’s body language and know how to behave safely around her.

‘Agee has rules and we are always working inside those.’

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‘She lived inside our home for the first few weeks and we hand-reared her,’ said Mark.

‘Eventually a time came when she was so big we had to move her outside into her own enclosure.’

Now Agee spends her time living in her new enclosure on rented land near Mark and Dawn’s home in Abbotsford, and on the road working on TV and film sets.

At home, Mark enjoys ‘play time’ with her.

‘Earlier in the morning she’s more playful and relaxed and she lets me roll around with her.

‘We wrestle for fun and sometimes we fall asleep on her grassy lawn together. It’s a great way to unwind after a bad day.

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