Frequently Asked Questions

Is the water safe for my dog to drink?

Yes, it is. No chemicals there, but we have bowls of fresh water available for any thirsty swimmer!

Should I bring towels?

We have plenty of towels. The only thing we recommend when it’s extremely cold outside is to bring a coat for after the swim.

Can I go swim with my dog?

Unfortunately you can’t. The only ones authorized in the pool are the dogs and our swim coaches.

Should I bring toys?

We have bins full of toys, and I am sure he or she will find a new favorite one with which to play, but you are more than welcome to bring your dog’s favorite pool toy if you’d like.

Do you accept walk-ins?

No, you do have to make an appointment by calling or just online through our website.

My dog can’t be vaccinated.

We do understand that some dogs can’t have their shots for health reasons, and we can accommodate you after hours (in the evening or on Monday when the pool is closed to everyone else).

My dog is old and can’t really move around that well.

Our staff has experience with senior dogs, and there won’t be any stress for your furry kid. They are experienced with carrying special needs dogs. Also the pool has a very gently sloping ramp and easy grip stairs, which are particularly helpful for novice swimmers and senior pets.

My dog is very aggressive towards other dogs. Is there any way he could still come?

Yes, absolutely. We could accommodate your dog after hours. We can work together to make sure that your dog will be stress free and enjoy his swim.

My dog has no health issues but loves to swim. Is he welcome at your Center?

YES! Of course he is welcome. We want the Center to be a safe and fun place for every pet to swim.

Do I need a referral before making an appointment?

You only need a referral from your regular veterinarian or orthopedics veterinarian if your pet comes for wellness recovery post injury or surgery.

If your pet is a senior dog, it’s recommended that you consult your veterinarian to be sure that swimming is approved for him/her. There are not too many health cases when swimming is not recommended but it happens.

How often should we come?

To benefit from swimming, you should try to come at least once a week.

My dog is overweight. Do you think swimming would help him lose weight?

Absolutely. Mike and our swim coaches will tailor a program just for your dog. Swimming is a non-weight bearing exercise. Swimming provides a form of supported exercise, which will burn calories and improve the metabolic rate. Together with a good diet, swimming can help bring obese dogs to their optimum weights.

I have a therapy dog. Would swimming would be good for him?

For working dogs, such as rescue, police, drug enforcement, and seeing-eye dogs, swimming helps them improve their spirits and mental well-being.

How long would my dog swim?

As with any fitness program, you should expect to start gently and increase the exercise over time. Don’t be surprised if your dog only swims for a few minutes or has a few short bursts to begin with. Gradually, as their fitness improves, they will be able to swim longer with fewer rests.

My dog just had a TPLO surgery. Would swimming be good for him?

Yes. After surgery, once the site has had an appropriate amount of time to mend (veterinary consultation is a must), swimming provides weightless exercise to improve joint movement, increase circulation and build supporting muscle, where concussive exercise such as walking can possibly cause damage to the newly reconstructed area.

Nowadays, swimming is widely used to help with various dog issues such as; arthritis, hip and elbow dysplasia, cruciate ligament tears, orthopedic surgery, stroke, paralysis, muscle degeneration, and pre/post-surgical conditioning.