Is this the same kind of rehabilitation my veterinarian offers? No. Rummy's offer warm water swimming. We do not offer any kind of therapy or medical procedures. Rummy's is something you do AFTER you have done rehab with your veterinarian.
Can I get in the pool with my dog during warm water canine exercise? Absolutely! Your dog will be more secure with you in the water. You will benefit from warm water exercise as much as your dog will - especially if you have arthritis.
What happens in each session? Each session is one hour. Some dogs jump right in and other dogs take a while to get in the water. They may be scared and not know what is expected of them. Please be patient. Your dog is in a new place, with new people, new smells and they may have no idea what water is. As your dog becomes more familiar with the pool, me, the surroundings and understands the focus is on him with each session, he will relax and learn to swim. If you allow your dog the time he needs to grow, his confidence will soar.
My Dog is blind / handicapped / geriatric. Won’t he be scared? Yes, your dog may be scared at first. Your dog is in a new place, with new people, new smells, etc. Patience and persistence are important with dogs. The pool has easy access and is literally inches from the driveway. You can park right next to the beach entry!
How many sessions are needed? It depends on the dog, the reason for swimming as well as your schedule. If for exercise, just like with people, it is best if you combine swimming 1 - 2 times a week with other exercise like walking, running, agility, herding, dock dogs, etc. Dogs enjoy the feeling of the warm water on their muscles and joints and get frisky after each session. You may find you need to give less arthritis medication the more you swim your dog. After a few swim sessions, you will see improved mobility, increased muscle mass, better endurance and a more confident dog.
Does my vet have to refer me? It is not mandatory, but we prefer it if your dog is seeing your veterinarian regularly for a surgical or medical problem.
Will chlorine hurt my dog? Chlorine is the most effective method for removing bacteria from water. We also use UV light for extra sanitation of the water. Rummy's pool was custom built for dogs and has many cleaning methods added to it to keep the water clean and clear for underwater pictures.
Do you use Life Jackets? Yes, if we need to. Using life jackets is the easiest and safest way to teach a dog how to swim. Dogs can be insecure in a new body of water and panic, splashing with their front paws, causing their back legs and hips to drop down in the water. Life jackets help keep your dog’s back and hips in good alignment and can teach them how to swim correctly. If your dog has had surgery or an injury, the life jacket will give them more confidence in the water. Some dogs will always need a life jacket, some are able to do fine without a jacket.
My dog doesn't like the water. He does not know HOW to swim. Many people think their dogs don't like the water when in fact they just haven't been introduced to water appropriately. This environment is different - the water is warmer, there is a walk-in beach entry, no stairs, you are in the water with him, there are no other people or dogs around and the focus is on your dog. We make it fun for your dog using toys. If your dog isn't in to toys, there are a variety of ways to make it fun for a dog. Your dog will experience the natural effects of the warm water which will help his body relax. The trust and bond you have with your dog helps more than anything. How do you feel after getting out of a hot tub? The natural healing powers of water are profound.
My dog’s back legs don’t move when swimming. Many dogs don't move their back legs initially. They ‘dog paddle’ splashing with their front legs, while their back and hips sink into the water and the dog goes around and around and gets more and more anxious. We use life jackets to help teach dogs how to swim, to use their front legs for direction and back legs for power.
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