Long an integral part of human physical therapy, exercising in the water is now increasingly used with animals for all of the same reasons. Water-based exercise has been used for many years to heal and restore the body’s inner biochemistry to a healthy. The water work enhances circulation, helps to increase flexibility and mobility of muscles, tendons and ligaments that surround the joints.
The underwater treadmill provides buoyancy and sensory input that can benefit balance, movement and muscle strength. It can also be very beneficial for high performance athletic dogs by improving endurance, strength and stamina.