Swimming is one of the best "full-body" exercises for you and your dog, since it works just about every major muscle group.  This aquatic exercise also improves endurance and strengthens the heart and lungs for both of you.  Since swimming is low intensity, this is a great workout for pets (or people) who are older or have joint problems, since it doesn't put extra strain on weak muscles or joints.  

However, this doesn't mean that its a wimpy workout…a 150-pound woman can burn up to 300 calories by swimming for 60 minutes at moderate intensity.  

Not all dogs love water, though, so you'll have to ease into swimming if your pup isn't naturally aquatic.  If you have a pool at your home or in your neighborhood, start off slowly,  by playing with your pup int he kiddy pool or the shallow end.

Then, as he gets more comfortable, start swimming with hi in the deeper water.  To add more resistance, play fetch with your dog while you swim, to burn extra calories and keep your puppy entertained.

Who new working out could be so much fun for you and your pup!

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