A Fun activity and Healthy exercise for ALL dogs to enjoy!
Did you know, Not all dogs know how to swim?!
Most of our dogs' experience with water is fetching a toy, going in and out of the water, swimming just a short distance. Over 60% of your dogs' muscle is in the front chest and legs, so they really don't need to use the back legs to do this activity!
But if your dog had to stay in the water for any period of time, they would get exhausted pretty quickly using only the front chest and legs. Many dogs who have been swimming in open water, who come to the pool experience a few moments of panic, when they realize that they cannot get out.
As your dog learns to engage the back legs to push them through the water, you will see an almost level spine that sits just below the water's surface and more of the dogs' front end in the water.
A dog who knows how to swim will be more comfortable to join you on the paddleboard, kayak, boat or to go for a swim alongside you.
Cancelations within 48 hours are non-refundable
*All dogs swimming at MHCC for the very first time will participate in an Intro To Swim session.
**Please note that when your dog is attending their first swim at MHCC, they will go in the pool with only the certified therapist. Upon your dog’s reaction to the pool environment the therapist will let you know if you can join in for the remainder of the session. Our priority is ensuring our client’s both 2 and 4-legged have a positive experience and all efforts to prevent injury are taken.
Yes. We ask that you do not feed your dog within 2 hours of their hydrotherapy session and make attempts to offer them time to relieve themselves after they have arrived at our facility. All dogs with incontinence are required to wear a diaper. We have diapers available in some sizes if you do not have your own.
Yes. We will always attempt to offer our hydrotherapy services to all dogs. We try to accommodate handling the dog’s as they feel comfortable. We have worked with dogs, that wear muzzles and head halters in the pool for the safety of the therapist and the dog.
We make every attempt available to eliminate possible irritants from the pool. Our pool water is balanced using the Clear BlueMineral Ionizer. Mineral pools need to maintain a chlorine level of 0.1 – 0.5ppm (saltwater pool 10 ppm) and are shocked with a chlorine free product so you won’t smell any chlorine in our pool area. We also do regular testing for both E. coli and coliform bacteria, and pool chemistry daily, to ensure we maintain a safe, clean, and balanced pool, for your dog to enjoy.
We always request vet approval when we are offering therapy to dogs with diagnosed mobility conditions. Approval is obtained by having us submit an electronic form to your dog’s vet clinic, at no charge to the client. If your dog has been approved to participate in hydrotherapy before surgery, we will certainly offer our services.
Yes. Of course, it is much easier when the dog likes swimming, but we have offered our hydrotherapy services to many dogs, who did not like swimming. Once the dog accepts being in the pool, and they feel the benefits from the hydrotherapy, they become much more willing to participate in the pool.
A towel or two. A toy that encourages your dog to participate. If your dog has food sensitivities, bring their treats. Any information we don’t have, that you feel is relevant to the dog’s reason for requiring hydrotherapy.
We would prefer that your dog not have debris stuck in their coat, and not be covered in mud. They do not need to be recently groomed. We ask that you do not brush your dog’s coat, or clip your dog’s nails on the day of their hydrotherapy session.
We do have towels to dry your dog off, but it is a good idea to bring your own, as you might want it for the drive home.