First Time Visitors To Dog Paddle K9 Aquatics

Please check in with us before you bring your dog in to make sure “the coast is clear” of other dogs.
Keep your dog on a leash at all times
Please make sure your dog has relieved him/herself before entering the facility. (kindly pick up after your dog and place it in the waste container outside our door)
Remove outdoor footwear (especially on days of inclement weather) at the door and put on your “indoor” footwear.

The Initial Assessment

Your first visit is an intake session when we review the needs of your dog, discuss your goals, have you fill in our required paperwork, review the information form you vet filled out, watch your dog move (gait analysis), do a conformation evaluation and check the range of motion of each of your dogs’ limbs.
We will then formulate a plan keeping in mind what your goals are and give you and your dog a private introduction to the facilities. If aquatics is in the plan, we will introduce your dog to the pool.
Please note that Initial Assessments are given to one dog at a time. You can book back-to-back Initial Assessments for multiple dogs.
Veterinary Information
We require ALL dogs to have a vet information form filled in by your vet, before you come for your Initial Visit. If your dog has had any medical conditions, surgery or who has been diagnosed with any disease, we require as much detail as possible.

Who can benefit?

Pretty well all dogs!!!
Massage has amazing physical and emotional benefits. The gentle approach we take will help to gain the trust of your dog while relaxing muscle tension and compensation.
Aquatics is terrific as the hydrostatic pressure of the water helps support the body, while the resistance provides a steady force to work against. The warm water increases the flow of blood and weightlessness of the dog relieves the pressure on the joints and allows the muscles to relax
Swimming is a fantastic workout – strengthening heart and lungs, increasing range of motion and building muscle without stressing joints and ligaments.
If a dog is not able to get the exercise he needs on land, working in the water is a great, effective alternative.

This is a safe, effective complement to exercise on dry land. Well known in the world of sled dog racing, veterinarian, Dr. Arliegh Reynolds has found that 1 minute of swimming is equivalent to a flat-out run…for 4 full minutes!!

There’s also the “float time”, during which the dog rests while floating in the comfort of the warm water. A very relaxing, pain-free way to be.

Veterinarians are recommending aquatics and massage for:
• arthritic dogs
• overweight dogs
• dogs with hip or elbow dysplasia
• seniors (these guys can be some of the best swimmers who otherwise struggle on land with aches and pains!)
• 3-legged dogs
• dogs preparing for or recovering from surgery
• for orthopaedic conditions: trouble with cruciates (knees), hips, shoulders or back.
• dogs with neurological deficit, such as “old dog M.S.” where the energy and strength in the hind legs becomes lessened, or a dog has had damage to a nerve pathway.
• dogs diagnosed with Fibro-cartilaginous embolism
• dogs with Spinal Injuries
• dogs with forms of Paralysis
• dogs who need help with the relaxation of Muscle Spasms
• dogs suffering from Torn Ligaments and Tendons
• dogs suffering from other Soft Tissue Damage
• increasing Endurance
• an excellent form of conditioning for Working Dogs
So much better for body and mind than confinement and inactivity!
And did we mention fun?
The first time here, your dog may be a little nervous so it may take until the second or third visit for him to settle and get into his “job”.
If your dog is getting in the pool….expect to get a little wet! So bring extra clothing and footwear for you to wear inside the facility.
Don’t expect amazing dives the first time your dog goes in…as it is a new experience and it takes them a few times to get what their “job” is.

• Bring towels
• Bring a plastic bag for wet towels
• Bring shoes to wear on the deck (leave your boots at the door)
• Make sure you have protection for your car seats
• Make sure your dog has recently relieved him/herself (very important!)
• Make sure your dog hasn’t had any food for at least 3 hours (also very important)
• Bring a favourite toy that won’t disintegrate in the pool
• If your dog relieves himself in the parking lot area that you poop n scoop
• Make sure your dogs’ nails are short and rounded (not freshly cut) as we can get scratched up pretty good by paws as he/she swims

When not to swim your pet

If your female dog is in heat, please wait until her cycle has completed before bringing her to swim. She can still have a massage on land if you wish.
If your dog is “out of sorts” with an upset stomach, diarrhea, vomiting, running a fever.
If you dog has had recent surgery, or an open wound.
Accidents in the pool
On rare occasion (usually a dog with paralysis), a dog will be overly-excited while in the pool and he/she may accidentally poop in the water. If this happens, we have to disinfect the pool and the entire system. As a result, we have to shut down the pool and will charge you $150 fee. So, please make sure your dog has taken care of his bathroom needs before you arrive. If your dog has paralysis…we recommend the use of water diapers.


Dog Paddle K9 Aquatics is not a veterinary clinic and neither Shari nor Janet are veterinarians. The services provided are not medical procedures.
We work with the guidance and co-operation of veterinarians.
For dogs recovering from surgery or any other veterinary procedure, a vet must give the ok before we proceed with massage and/or aquatics.
At no time will the team at Dog Paddle K9 Aquatics diagnose, recommend treatment methods and/or determine the health of your dog.

Any consultation or assessment provided by Dog Paddle K9 Aquatics is intended solely as a review of the referring veterinarian’s recommendations and to evaluate the condition of your dog before he takes part in any services offered by us.

Dog Paddle K9 Aquatics, is not responsible for any injuries incurred by dogs or their guardians as a result of the use of the facility.

Dogs must be on leash while on the premises, and must be supervised by their guardians at all times.