Our Pool

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www.swim.dog now at Watson’s! Our 12ft x 22ft pool is specially designed for canine use with an easily accessible ramp, and a single depth of 4’. The pool is heated to optimum temperature to aid in rehabilitation as it helps relaxation and assists blood flow to injured areas. It also helps reduce muscle spasms and improves dog’s range of motion.

You can watch your dog swim on the t.v. located in our lobby.

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Pool Rules

If your dog has any cuts or sores please notify us before the swim.

Please make sure that your dogs nails are trimmed and that your dog has been to the bathroom before getting into the pool.

Cancellation Policy: Should you need to cancel or change your scheduled time, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance so we can fill your spot.  Late cancellations are subject to the session charge.

Please Note

We are not a veterinary facility, and cannot diagnose any issues.  Participants require a completed Veterinary Remark Form prior to the first swim to determine that your dog has no contraindications to swimming, and to identify any precautions for swimming.

All participants must complete a Client Information and Release Form.

All dogs must complete a 30 minute session as their first swim to allow time to gather information and complete intake forms. The first swim will include the intake information, swim time in the pool and a post swim debrief. Time includes time to get your dog into the pool, swim time and towel dry after their swim.

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Types of Swims

Recreational Swim:

  • Learn to swim

  • Gain comfort in the water

  • Energy reduction

  • Enjoyment

Hydrotherapy Swim:

  • Weight Management

  • Arthritis

  • Senior Canine

  • Muscle Strength (post past surgery, ACL, dyspepsia)

Swim Rates:

30 Minute Client Intake & Swim | $45.00

15 Minute Swim Only | $17.00

30 Minute Swim Only | $34.00

15 Minute Swim plus Daycare | $15.00

All rates are subject to GST. Rates are subject to change.

pre or post surgical clients

Requires veterinarian referral

Click here to Email Laura for more info.

Steps to booking a swim:

  1. Review information on website.

  2. Select and appointment type above. ALL first time swims must complete a 30 Minute Client Intake Session.

  3. Select appointment time.

  4. Click on ‘continue’. When selecting the 30 Minute Client Intake & Recreational Swim Session you will prompted to complete our online Intake Swim form.

  5. Once completed you will receive confirmation of your appointment via email.

  6. Please email current copy of your dogs vaccines to info@swim.dog.

  7. If you are being referred to us by a Veterinarian, please email info@swim.dog.

For all questions, please email info@swim.dog

Payment due after each appointment. We accept cash, debit, credit cards or email transfers.

Laura has completed Canine Hydrotherapy training through Canadian and UK courses and continues with regular continuing education in the field.

Your Dog’s First Swim

What happens in a swim session?

All swims are private sessions.  Your first session will be about getting to know each other, and allowing your dog to feel comfortable in the pool environment. We will discuss what your goals are, why swimming has been suggested to you (if that’s the case), take a base line fitness level, and fit your dog with the proper flotation vest or harness. We will take as much time as needed to get your dog familiar and comfortable around the pool and ramp. Some dogs will need a few sessions to gain enough confidence to actually have a full out swim, and some dogs are rarin’ to get in right from the start!

We will get in the water with your dog and be right at their side, starting with short swims so your dog learns where the ramp is.  Once they know that, they are more comfortable swimming longer straight lines, progressing to circles, serpentine’s, and figure eights as their confidence, flexibility, and ability grows.  If your dog is toy or treat motivated, we will use these to play, motivate, and reward. Frequent rest breaks are taken on the ramp, often with gentle massage. Once confident, many dogs enjoy retrieving toys in the water.  

You’ll need to bring a towel, and maybe an extra one for the car ride home.  We provide toys and treats, but you may wish to bring your dog’s favourite toy or treats.  At the end of the first session, you can book future swims based on your dog’s needs. 

We will post photos and videos of your dog’s swim on our social media and you can also watch live on our webcams.

Before you come:

  • Ensure that your dog is healthy to swim, and gives us any precautions we need to take into consideration when swimming (ie, based on any past surgeries or conditions, certain types of movement in the water may need extra support).

  • Please make sure your dog has not had a full meal within two to three hours of the swim (you will also want to wait an hour or so post swim to feed).

  • Please allow your dog to relieve themselves before coming into the pool area.

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