What do I bring?
– a “typical” 50#
dog with medium length hair will need two. Larger dogs and dogs with
long hair will need more.
Plastic bag for wet towels.
A cover for your car seat if you don't
want it to get wet.
Wear sensible shoes with non-slip soles.
Water shoes (like those used by windsurfers or kayakers) can be handy.
An extra change
of clothing (for you) – You will get wet. A restroom is available.
A leash. We have
long lines, harnesses and flotation devices that you can use.
Water bowl and water. Many dogs do not
drink water until after all the fun and excitement is over. They
frequently get thirsty during the ride home.
A dog coat or
blanket if you are concerned your dog will get chilly on the ride home
during cold weather.
& Conditions Form
recommend clients arrive approximately 10 minutes early to allow time
for completing registration forms if pre-registration has not already
Eating before/after swimming?
Please do NOT feed your dog for at least 3 hours before your dog’s swim
appointment. We do have a designated Pet Rest area for your convenience
on the property.
- We recommend not feeding your dog for approximately one hour after
My dog seems to be stiff after his first swim. Why?
Just like people working out for the first time, some dogs develop aches
after swimming. Active dogs and “couch potatoes” use muscles that they
rarely use and may experiences some lameness. Typically any lameness
will be noticeable after their first long nap or first full night’s
sleep. Any lameness normally works itself out in one or two days. If it
persists of course, contact your veterinarian. Typically after swimming
the 3rd or 4th time, these aches will disappear. Your dog is becoming
Do you use chlorine? Will it hurt my dog?
Chlorine is used
to maintain pool chemistry. All veterinarians we consulted recommended
using chlorine for pool cleanliness and we also believe it offers the
best resistance to bacteria and the best protection for your dog.
Chlorine has been used successfully in canine hydrotherapy pools for
many years. While it is rare for dogs to react to the chlorine, we
suggest rinsing your dog off with fresh water after each swim session.
An indoor heated dog shower is available for rinsing your dog.
What is the water temperature?
The Lap and
Training Pools are maintained at approximately 80 degrees Fahrenheit
(F). The Oval Pool is heated up to 90 degrees F.
I've already tried putting my dog in a backyard pool, river, lake, ocean,
etc. He refuses to go in. What is different with your facility?
naturally are inclined to swim and some are not. Dogs that lack the
confidence or are leery to get wet need to be introduced to swimming in
a comforting way. The "Training Pool" has a gradual access ramp with
solid walls on each side so the dog can enter the water with confidence
and security. . The warm pool temperatures help because the dog is not
shocked by cold water on his paws. Ramp access and warmer temperatures
have been used for years with horses and they work great for our canine
We have successfully
introduced dogs who were so afraid of water that they ran from the sound
of a running faucet. Many of our best swimmers started out avoiding
Why come to a canine swim facility instead of a local lake, pond or
When available, lakes, ponds and rivers can offer great places to swim
your dog. There are, however some concerns. Rocks in lakes or rivers
can become extremely slippery and dogs playing or running can slip and
injure themselves. During the heat of the summer water levels can become
very low and create muddy shorelines and moving water can be pretty
intimidating for the first time swimmer. Also, broken glass or other
sharp objects can cause some pretty serious injuries.
When safe areas are
available, many of our clients use them and visit us during the colder
months (when the pond freezes over). The extra benefit of a shower is a
How long does my dog swim?
varies from dog to dog. Often the first visits will include only brief
swimming time and practice getting in and out of the pool. This will
build their confidence and allow for greater progress during subsequent
visits. The average dog can only swim 5 or 10 minutes during their
first visit. Your dog will use muscles, which are hardly ever used
during their normal day, and you will notice the amount of energy they
use to swim. Imagine the average person jumping in a pool and swimming
laps for 30 minutes straight? That is why it is important just like a
person to gradually work up to a comfortable level of exercise for each
It is essential that
Rest Periods be taken at intervals throughout your swim time to allow
your dog to rest and catch their breath. It is sometimes hard to believe
but the majority of dogs who do not swim on a regular basis can only
swim 10 minutes until their stamina level is reached. This includes dogs
that jog with their owners. Swimming utilizes different muscles that
dogs do not normally use on groundwork.
For dogs recovering
from an injury or illness, it is pointless to exhaust him/her by
swimming too long. Gentle progressive exercise is the key. Each visit
will increase his stamina and in return the time he swims will increase
to his level of ability. Your 30-minute swim session is industry
standard for the average dog. You can of course, extend your swim
session to 1 hour.
Can I swim in the pool with my dog?
We apologize but
insurance regulations forbid owners to swim in the pool with their dogs.
If your dog needs assistant, a staff member will provide in-pool
Is there an advantage to swimming versus
jogging on roads for exercise?
low-impact form of exercise. Tendons and joints absorb the shocks up the
limbs from exercising on hard surfaces. This can occasionally cause
damage especially to large breeds.
How soon should my dog swim after surgery?
is the best person to advice when your dog should start swimming after
surgery. Some recommend swimming as soon as sutures are removed; others
may even place waterproof bandages to allow dogs to begin swimming a few
days earlier. Three swim sessions in a week span is typically
recommended after suture removal because of scar tissue formation. Then
once or twice a week thereafter, once a month, etc. We suggest a minimum
of 6 weeks of swimming to maximize the benefit of most post-surgical
Dogs that are
scheduled for surgery can benefit from swimming before their operation.
“Pre-Hab” is becoming more and more common and we have several client
getting ready for hip, knee or elbow surgery. Swimming before surgery
allows dogs to increase their fitness and also allows them to be
comfortable in the water before introducing the stress inherent to
surgical procedures. Of course, consult with your veterinarian to
determine if Pre-Hab is physically possible and would not aggravate
My dog had a stroke and has some paralysis.
Can he benefit from swimming?
While using a
flotation device and being assisted, once they are in the water and not
hampered by gravity, they will instinctively use those limbs to the best
of their ability.