How can I get get my vet to support water therapy?

Question: I want my vet to support water therapy, what do I say to her about my work? I have been a groomer for all of my life and my own dog went through water therapy and now I am hooked. What can I tell my vet so that she might support me? Answer: Hello Pamela, You could just write her a note from your heart and explain your vision and dream – perhaps something like this: Dear Dr X, I love …

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How quickly will I break even?

Question: We’re having fun with bankers trying to justify why this is a good thing. Your site says you started LaPaw Spa in 1996 – how quickly did you break even? Answer:I get asked this question a lot and it’s not an easy answer since in this business, your ‘sales dollars’ will be determined by your quality of service, quality of facility, your integrity, and what kind of relationships you can build with your clients and your supporting veterinarians. I have …

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Level 1+2 Custom Prework

In order to be efficient and create a shorter custom class, I ask that you try to do the following prior to class: These are subjects covered in our longer class and I feel are important to your certification with La Paw Spa. If you are unable to  complete these 6 items, you will still obtain a level one certificate but need all 6 in order to obtain your level 2 certificate. Go enjoy a therapy session of WATSU and …

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Level 1+2 Custom Payment

Customized Level 1+2 Balance Due – $3000(You are certain and want to secure your class.) Customized Level 1+2 Balance Due – $500(Make a deposit and pay balance after confirmation.) Customized Level 1+2 Combo Balance Due – $2500(Use if you paid a $500 deposit and now want to secure your class.) Phone Consultation – $90/hour

Level 1+2 Custom Application

Thank you for your interest in this class, I look forward to working with you in the waters of the canine hydrotherapy pool. Click here for an application forCustomized LEVEL 1+2 Combo training. Click here to make your depositor pay your balance through PayPal


When I started canine water therapy nearly 40 years ago – there was nothing like it in the country. I had been doing equine rehab in water with race horses and had always wondered why no one was doing this with dogs – so when my own dog was paralyzed, I opened my first pool. I had to apply what I had learned in equine rehab and also went on to get my human massage license and human water therapy …

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Board Certification

What is a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons? Before doing any surgery that has to do with a joint in your dog, please ask of your surgeon to make sure that they are Board Certified Veterinary Surgeons and Diplomats of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) and as such have successfully completed the certification requirements of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Quoting the American College of Veterinary Surgeons website regarding the required certifications: The term “ACVS Diplomat” …

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Apprenticeship Program

For those who have graduated from one of Cindy’s classes offered at La Paw Spa, we have a 6 month apprenticeship program now available. From October 1st to March 31st of each year, come to the beautiful quiet Olympic Peninsula and hone in your gifts. Cindy will begin this program by working with you on 2 afternoons each week, up to 4 hours/week, as we work together with real clients. The clients will be paying a discounted price for these …

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