Wet & Wild Doggy-Paddle
Young or Old Water Fun is best!
More than any other activity, swimming provides a total-body workout for your dog. All the major muscle groups get involved in the act. Water resistance not only builds and tones muscles, but also increases cardiovascular fitness. Additionally, regular swimming outings can help increase a dog’s flexibility and agility. Have an older pooch? Swimming provides them with a non-weight bearing way to move joints & build strength.
So load up, grab the paddle board, kayak, some water-proof toys or Frisbees and check out these local spots to “work out” and cool off!
Dog Days of Summer
Have you ever wondered where the term “Dog Days of Summer” came from? Me too!
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, they’re usually the hottest and most unbearable days of the season. Some think it’s a reference to the hot, sultry days that are “not fit for a dog.” Others suggest it’s the time of year when the extreme heat drives dogs mad.
But the phrase is a reference to Sirius, the Dog Star. During the “Dog Days” period, the Sun occupies the same region of the sky as Sirius, the brightest star visible from any part of Earth. Sirius is a part of the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog.
On July 23rd, specifically, it is in conjunction with the Sun, and because the star is so bright, the ancient Romans believed it actually gave off heat and added to the Sun’s warmth. They referred to this time as dies Caniculares, or “dog days.”
Concord Dog Park
10901 S Northshore Dr., Knoxville, TN 37922
Not often do you find a nice dog park where your dogs can also swim, which is why this is my personal favorite.
Concord Park Dog Park features 4 acres, separate small and large dog off leash areas, swimming access, wooded trails, covered benches, drinking fountains for people and dogs, and restrooms.
Ijams Nature Center
2915 Island Home Ave Knoxville, TN 37920
For many folks & pups, Ijams is synonymous with water. Take a cool dip at the spring-fed Mead’s Quarry Lake! It is swim at your own risk as there are no lifeguards on duty.
Don’t have a kayak but want to take your pooch down the river? You can rent one from River Sports Outfitters! Check their Facebook Page for hours of operation.
Visit www.ijams.com for more fun things they offer!
Tommy Schumpert Park
6400 Fountain City Rd Knoxville, TN 37918
There is lots to do for everyone at this park from disc golf, baseball & forest trails. It features two off-leash areas comprising the PetSafe Dog Park.
The 30-pound and under area allows smaller dogs to mingle together while the second fenced area is open to dogs of any size. The small-dog park is a mix of grass and mulch along with people benches. The “all sizes” dog area has a mulched walking trail and a pond with a dock.
Ultimutt Fitness Center
11225 Threadstone Ln Knoxville, TN 37932
Want the water play- without the “nature”? Ultimutt Fitness has a Salt Water Pool where they offer your doggo Trial Swims, Reserved Swim, Swim Instruction, Dock Diving Instruction, Splash Club Membership, & Exercise.
They also have the coolest pup Fitness Center with underwater & land treadmills, obstacle courses, and more! www.ultimuttknoxville.com