Many dogs love the water just like we do![/caption] When many people go shopping for sporty tankinis, they're only thinking about where they're going to lay out to tan throughout the summer. But if taking your dog swimming is one of the things that pops into your mind while swimsuit shopping, you're not alone. In fact, there are plenty of passionate pet owners who love taking their dog swimming, and you don't have to figure out where to go on your own. Instead, you can benefit from the best spots that other dog owners have identified. If you live in New York City, here are four different places you will thoroughly enjoy taking your dog for an afternoon of swimming:
HUDSON RIVER PARK DOG RUNS
Looking for the most convenient place to let your dog cool down? If so, it's hard to beat the central location of this dog run. Another really appealing aspect of this park is it's open from 6AM to 1AM every day of the week. You can decide whether your dog wants to get sprayed by a hose or actually hop in a kiddy pool. And because it's not deep like many other locations, it can work well for dogs who like getting wet but don't enjoy a full-on swimming experience.
FRANCIS LEWIS PARK
If you haven't heard of this location before, you're not alone. In fact, because this spot isn't very well known, you can take your dog for a relaxing swim without being concerned about dealing with a large crowd.
PROSPECT PARK'S DOG BEACH
What makes this spot so special? Well, since it was built specifically for dogs, the outdoor swimming experience it provides is hard to beat. Another nice perk of this location is once your dog is done swimming, they can enjoy running around off their leash during two 4 hour portions of the day.
Even when the weather is significantly colder than it is during the peak of summer, plenty of dogs are still happy to hop in the water. But what if it's just too cold for your pooch or you don't want to stand outside in the damp, cool air? You'll be happy to know that it's still possible to enjoy a fun session of swimming. The reason that's possible is thanks to the sharp minds behind Water4dogs. This indoor facility offers doggy daycare, swim rehabilitation and group swims. And even though it's the only option on our list that costs money, given the fact that it's also the only indoor facility, it's quite an appealing option. Best of all, you can grab your It Figures swimdress and actually swim right next to your faithful companion. Thanks to the wide range of swimming spots available, you can enjoy taking your dog for a pleasant dip during any time of the year!