June 7, 2010
Contact: Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR
619-997-2495 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Puppies Need To Learn Swimming Safety This Summer Too
Teach your pup to be water-safe in pools, at the beach and on boats
(San Diego) – For many San Diegans, summer means swimming. Learning how to swim and be safe around water comes before the fun, especially for children.
Canine youngsters need to learn how to swim and how to be safe, too. “People think puppies instinctively know how to swim, but that’s not true,” says Trish Penick, owner of Training With Trish at Cutting Edge K9 Rehab. “They need to be taught, and if mama or another experienced dog isn’t around, they need to learn another way.”
To help owners “waterproof” their pups this summer, Penick is starting puppy swim classes at her facility, located at the Markim Pet Resort in Carmel Valley.
Penick says swim training is especially important for dogs that live in a home with a pool, will be on a boat, or will be around lakes or the ocean.
With a pool, even a puppy that can swim probably doesn’t know how to exit safely, which can cause panic. An unsupervised puppy that falls in a pool and doesn’t know how to swim or get out can exhaust itself, putting itself at risk of drowning.
Penick says four to six months old is the best time for a puppy to learn t
Once your puppy knows how to swim, it’s ideal exercise. “Keeping your dog’s weight down through exercise provides them the same benefits as people, including a longer, healthier life,” says Penick. “Exercise also helps control behavior problems. Chewing, scratching, digging, running, jumping and barking all happen when a dog doesn’t burn off energy and gets bored and frustrated.”
Learn more about puppy swim classes and the full array of programs offered by Cutting Edge K9 Rehab at www.cuttingedgek9.com or call 619-227-7802.
About Training with Trish and Cutting Edge K9 Rehab
Trish Penick established Cutting Edge K9 Rehab, Southern California's first canine rehab facility, in 1999. After a career providing high-level physical therapy to competitive human athletes including an extensive background specializing in water rehabilitation, Penick was eager to offer these services to our four-legged friends. Cutting Edge K9 Rehab offers an exceptional environment for complete physical therapy and swim therapy over any other facility in the country on the beautiful grounds of the Markim Pet Resort in the Carmel Valley area of San Diego.
Penick graduated from the Physical Therapy program at The Medical University of South Carolina and has completed additional coursework through the American Physical Therapy Association in animal Physical Therapy. Penick contributed to one of the first textbooks published on canine rehab and has been a speaker at the International Symposium on Rehab and Physical Therapy in Veterinary Medicine.
Learn more at www.cuttingedgek9.com