Educational Resources

We have Educational resources for everyone including, how to build a pool, spa paperwork, ideas for teaching classes, and more!

Health Benefits of Swimming for Dogs

When someone recently asked me to write this article on the health benefits of canine hydrotherapy, my mind tried to embrace what that article would actually say…. as water therapy is so much deeper than what people usually think.   To me, it was as if someone had just asked me to write about the size of outer space… i.e. vast… endless… almost too big for words…. But I’ll give it a try! The main reason why most people seek …

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Pipe Insulation from Home Depot

A cheap genius invention from a client I saw yesterday, he made this collar with pipe insulation from home depot for their dog to keep the ears out of the water while swimming.

Fletcher Loved Her Pants

Fletcher was our sweet dog. Half golden retriever and half yellow lab, she entertained us almost constantly for 13½ years. She was very high energy and puppy-like for the first ten years, but as time went by, she began to age. After about 11 years Fletcher began having some incontinence issues. It wasn’t all that often, and we lived in a “dog house,” so it wasn’t the end of the world to clean up a dribble here or there. But …

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Training Info

We have new classes available for 2022.  Please click here to learn more. I am happy to help you via phone consults. I am also available to travel to your pool for training opportunities that we co-create. Click here to contact me and we can start planning. Cindy How can I find out more about starting my own dog spa?? Each week Cindy answers many requests for information from people from all over the world who want to start their own …

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Mobility Aids

There are so many amazing mobility aides now that there is bound to be one that will fit your lifestyle and your canine friend… K9 Cart Company Located in Langley, WA. tripawds.com – “better to hop on three legs than limp on four” Dewey’s Wheelchairs for Dogs Eddie’s Wheels Tail Wagon Doggon’ Wheels I was able to see one of their quad carts in action. Light and well built and perfect for my client who not only had lost the …

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Bladder Expression

With bowel incontinence, the bowels usually eventually move… but not with urine which a dog can retain. It is therefore important that your dog eliminate as much urine as possible from the bladder on a regular basis or he/she will risk getting a urinary infection which could, if left untreated, become a kidney infection. You can learn to express your dogs bladder and help your pet get on a regular program for long term health. The bladder in the dog …

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Bowel Expression

This is a picture of a male dog from behind. In expressing the bowels, you are only helping provide stimulation where the body is compromised and needs help. Carefully using a gloved finger, you can begin gently pressing and drawing circles on the area above the anus which usually will stimulate contractions of the colon and produce feces. Once your dog begins to pass feces, continue gently drawing those circles until he’s done. Don’t be in a hurry. I use …

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What I Like in Canine Flotation Devices for Therapy Work

A dog will usually arrive at your pool in order to regain full range of motion, to build confidence, to build muscle and strength. I personally don’t often use a flotation device as I want to be able to support the dog, feel his movement and have access to his entire body for massage, however, for those dogs who don’t need this hands on approach, a floatation device MUST first and foremost be of utmost comfort and not impose on …

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Dog Swimming Pool Vendors and Models

Here are a few pools that are being used to swim dogs. Each has different features and qualities so its best to look at each for yourself and decide what is best for you and your application. Pool’s Name: Arthur’s Pools Bradford Products Dimension One Spas Aqua Pro 19 or Aqua Fit 16 Marin Outdoor Living Dolphin Pools Elite Spas Northwest – Damon Fletcher 425-844-1348 Endless Pools Ferno Ferno Commercial Florida North Glimmerglass Swim Spa Golden Wave Swim Spa Grecian …

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Filtration Methods

When thinking about filtration and dog pools its all about the hair! There are 3 main options on the market today for filters – a D.E. Filter (which stands for Diatomaceous Earth), a SAND filter or a Cartridge filter. I think the most important thing is to oversize your filter. Go with the largest filter size you can get, its money well spent. Something that most pool companies won’t understand is that we are dealing with dog hair. We aren’t …

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Swim Snood Ear Cover for Swimming Dogs

Dr. Regina Schwab of Pamplin Animal Wellness Services, Pamplin , VA asked DogLeggs to design The Swim Snood for dogs receiving swim therapy that are constant head shakers. The results were immediate…the dogs stopped shaking their heads. The Swim Snood is constructed of 3mm neoprene with Velcro ® closure/adjustment. The Swim Snood is available in sizes to fit all dogs. To order: 1-800-313-1218 ~ dogleggs.com Also available… DogLeggs ® : An attractive, therapeutic treatment for the calluses, soreness, swelling, lameness and arthritis …

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Choosing a Hydrotherapy Pool for Dogs

There are many factors to consider when trying to figure out what kind of pool to buy. Going in-ground with a permanent pool. You can go in-ground with a custom swimming pool and build it specific to your needs. However you’ll want to make sure you’re zoned for business and that you want to do this as this is a permanent decision. Going in-ground with a preformed fiberglass pool: Another fun option but again, make sure you want this as …

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What should I know about using ozone to sanitize my pool?

Q: I’m thinking about using ozone to sanitize my pool. What should I know? A: Good choice! Ozone is an excellent sanitizer that is economical, environmentally friendly, and pleasant for our clients. Let’s start with a basic understanding about how ozone works. You may be surprised to hear that ozone, chlorine, bromine, and peroxide all work essentially the same way – by oxidation. All these sanitizers are common chemical compounds that have an “extra” oxygen molecule. The formula for oxygen gas …

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Dog pools for swimming therapy: what to look for

Are you looking for a pool for your dog and having a hard time finding one? Here are some things you may want to know, and things to ask as you search for a qualified dog pool. ♥ Many years ago I did a search for dog pools and found to my horror that none existed in the entire USA! There were people rehabilitation pools and Equine rehab pools but no one had a DOG POOL. In an effort to …

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How often should I shock my pool?

The simple answer is “Whenever it needs it”. The real question is “How do I know when my pool needs a shock treatment?” Why Shock? First, it helps to understand what a shock treatment is and why we need to do it. When clients (both canine and human) enter the pool, they introduce organics into the water. These include sweat, saliva, skin cells, body lotions, deodorants, soil, urine, loam, and a host of other things. Mother nature also contributes by …

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Resources for Graduates

Resources, links, products and more, all collected here for the Canine Water Therapy Professional and La Paw Spa training graduates. Custom Training for Graduates: Hello! I would love to have you back for more… After you send me your requests, we’ll set a date and get started – much of this is done prior to our meeting via email and then you will come… (Continue Reading…) Graduate Directory Request: Are you a graduate of La Paw Spa’s “Heart-2-Heart” training in …

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Resources and Links

Links to others in the service of Canine Health Care and Support, as well as products to support disabilities, post surgical care, incontinence, geriatrics. Looking for a spa in your area? Be sure sure to check out Graduates and Other Pools – some of our best resources are our own Heart 2 Heart certified La Paw Spa graduates! Healthy Paws Pet Insurance:Did you know that Water Therapy for Dogs is now covered by Insurance ? (Continue Reading…) Spa robes available!:From left to right, Danny wearing the medium …

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Pools and Pool Products

When thinking about putting in a canine therapy or swim pool or spa, there are a few things to consider. Depth of pool, a safe access for you and the dog to and into the pool, size of pool and how you are going to keep the pool water safe. When thinking of WHERE to locate this pool, you will need to consider the zoning for this business in your area, the laws, whether to own or rent your space …

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Booties and Protective Wear

Booties and Protective Wear Sometimes when a dog has lost full mobility of a limb, they drag their foot/feet and we need to think about protection. I have seen people get very creative here from daily wrapping with vetrap to little kid mittens and ductape. Luckily we have many companies now that offer many different kinds of protective footwear now. Booties If your dog has started dragging his feet or scuffing, booties can be a great way to protect those delicate paws.

Incontinence Aids

Often due to age or injury, our canine friends will experience some kind of incontinence in their lives. Sometimes this is temporary and sometimes this is more permanent in nature. Sometimes there is only urinary incontinence, sometimes there is only bowel incontinence and sometimes it is both. Whatever it is, incontinence is an easy thing to manage. You can have a normal happy long life with an incontinent pet… it’s just about having the right tools and education. Diapers and …

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Dog Treats

Cookies, Treats and Food for your canine friend. All the Best Pet Care Dedicated to helping your animal companions live longer, happier lives with the best selection of all-natural pet foods (many made of exclusively human-quality ingredients), nutritional supplements, drug-free natural remedies, and non-toxic flea products. Big Paws Pantry Wet Noses Healthy, fabulous, fun dog cookies. Our dogs love them! Nature’s Variety The organic, natural, whole meat-based diet for your dog or cat. Columbia River Natural Pet Foods It’s our goal to offer you …

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Other Support Products

We have a growing number of support products and services now in this area of geriatric and disabled pet support. Ortho Vet SPLINTS The new OrthoVet Splints are modeled after the human splints that have become increasingly popular for lower leg, ankle and foot injuries. Handicapped Pets – Products, Services, and Classifieds for handicapped pets, Their Family, and Friends.Their mission: “There was a day when injured pets were ‘no good anymore.’ When an animal was hurt, became lame or incontinent, or was, …

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Additional Resources

More sites with information and additional resources we’ve found. Westlab Pharmacy Pet-Proofing – Keeping Your Home & Yard Safe For Dogs or Cats Seattle Area Special Needs Pets Support Group Holistic Medicine for Dogs and Cats Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine ABC Homeopathy – Online homeopathic remedy finder The Rainbow PassagePet Loss and Bereavement Support Center Shirley MacLaine Pet Spirituality Stories Archive Handicapped Pets Products, Services, and Classifieds for handicapped pets, Their Family, and Friends Petsburg This is one of the most …

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Ramps and Steps

One of the first things hurdles that we come to, when we enter a less active state, is to consider how to get into and out of the car, the house, how to maneuver stairs, how to get up on the bed etc … luckily we are not alone! And there are many products here that will help in this area as well ! Dog Stairs & Dog Ramps for Pools & Boats at America’s Pet Store Don’t overlook handicap …

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Water Flow

The heart of your circulation system, your pool pump, pulls water from one or more suction ports (i.e., skimmer & main drain), and then pushes it through the filter & heater and back to the pools’ return ports. Since we’re trying to push dog hairy waters through the filter system as fast as we can, we do want the biggest circulation pump possible… however – you still need to stay within the limits of your other equipment. A pump that …

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Where to Put Your Pool

DO YOU OWN YOUR SPACE? DO YOU WANT TO PUT THIS BUSINESS ON YOUR OWN PROPERTY? Are you zoned legally for this business on the property that you are looking at? Check with your local county laws to see what kind of licensing you will need for this business. Sometimes you only need to be an owner occupied residence and sometimes you need a conditional use permit or to be in commercial zoning. Each area is different. Are you looking …

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Pet Beds

One of my favorite beds for my spa or an incontinent pet, is a twin-size futon or mattress with a zippered full vinyl cover and then a flannel fitted sheet that matches the décor. This bed is inexpensive, easy to manage and you can cuddle up on it too! You can also get these to fit any size mattress so you can put one on your bed too if you like to sleep with your dog. This way you don’t …

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Choosing a Hydrotherapy Pool for Dogs

There are many factors to consider when trying to figure out what kind of pool to buy. Going in-ground with a permanent pool. You can go in-ground with a custom swimming pool and build it specific to your needs. However you’ll want to make sure you’re zoned for business and that you want to do this as this is a permanent decision. Going in-ground with a preformed fiberglass pool: Another fun option but again, make sure you want this as …

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Filtration Methods

When thinking about filtration and dog pools its all about the hair! There are 3 main options on the market today for filters – a D.E. Filter (which stands for Diatomaceous Earth), a SAND filter or a Cartridge filter. I think the most important thing is to oversize your filter. Go with the largest filter size you can get, its money well spent. Something that most pool companies won’t understand is that we are dealing with dog hair. We aren’t …

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How to test/maintain your pool water

WHAT CHEMICAL LEVELS DO I NEED TO TEST FOR REGULARLY? The four main tests to perform with a test kit are pH, Chlorine (or other sanitizer residual, Total Aklalinity and Calcium Hardness. You need to get a routine and test your water daily and stay up on the maintenance so that it never gets out of balance. WHAT ARE THE RECOMMENDED LEVELS? pH: 7.2 – 7.8 Chlorine: 1.0 – 2.0 ppm Total Alkalinity: 80 – 120 ppm Calcium Hardness: 180 …

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Sanitation Methods

When you start thinking about which sanitation method to use, you will most likely be overwhelmed with the choices. Of course the goal is to get as organic and healthy as you can get and still maintain a sanitary pool. Many pools today are leaning toward salt chlorination with the assistance of an ozonator. An ozonator can be added to nearly every system and will make it more efficient. I personally always add an ozonator with a degasser unit to …

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Cindy’s Favorite Books

Check out some of my favorite dog therapy books.

Miscellaneous

Ok! So now you have a pool ! Now the fun begins – – – shopping for floating dog toys and getting all the other cool stuff that you need. Did you know that when you open a dog spa FLOATING DOG TOYS are a legitimate expense on your tax return ? Click here to find out what my friend Brodie says about floating dog toys! Skamper Ramp This simple device will save pets and little critters’ lives. Skamper-Ramp works! …

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Music Recommendations

For relaxing, for spa work, or just for therapeutic ambiance, these are some of the CDs I love…

Fascia: That Which Connects Us

Fascia is the one single that that connects us… it’s the wrapping in the body that surrounds every single muscle, bone, organ… every little thing in the body is surrounded by and connected by fascia. If someone were to remove every bone, muscle, and organ from your body – you would still be recognizable to your friends by your fascia network! Now wouldn’t THAT be spooky!!! Structural Integration leader John Latz says: “This matrix (called fascia) connects, or binds together, …

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Towels

Towels and the laundering of towels will be one item that anyone with a pool will become all too familiar with. It is nice when planning the design of your pool, that you allow for a washer and dryer nearby. Get plenty of towels – cheap ones. Some pools ask the client to bring their own towels but this can be an inconvenience and then you are sending the client home with a car full of wet towels. I prefer …

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The Autumn Years

What do we do when our loving pets face the last leg of the race? We do all we can to help them finish well, of course. We take time to read the unspoken needs of the friends we’ve come to know so well. We give the simple reassurance of a loving touch when the old boy seems confused for no reason. We groom them faithfully, but more gently, as age brings muscle wasting, and the arthritic bones aren’t so …

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The Sequim Pool: Clean and Green

By using a combination system of Hydrogen Peroxide, Ultra-Violet Light, & Super Filtration we keep the water healthy and clean for the environment! Hydrogen peroxide kills microorganisms by over oxidizing them with too much oxygen. Hydrogen peroxide is water and oxygen, the two most essential and beneficial elements to human life. H202 will naturally and completely decompose through its usage cycle into pure and safe atoms of only water and oxygen. Thus, there is neither chemical build up nor conversion to other chemical …

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Reflections on Dying – ‘Death by Inches’

“My beloved dog Cricket is slowly slipping away. I keep thinking each day might be her last, and yet she keeps on surprising me …” Cricket is La Paw Spa’s long-time “cover girl”. Continue reading this essay by Cricket’s owner:Death by inches.

Canine Flotation Devices: What I Like for Therapy Work

A dog will usually arrive at your pool in order to regain full range of motion, to build confidence, to build muscle and strength. I personally don’t often use a flotation device as I want to be able to support the dog, feel his movement and have access to his entire body for massage however, for those dogs who don’t need this hands on approach, a flotation device MUST first and foremost be of utmost comfort and not impose on …

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Finding Alternatives

When seeking a team of health options for your canine friends (and for yourself!) – it is wise to seek the best medical attention you can and get as much information as you can – and be open to other alternatives as well and build a team of health care practitioners who will support you on the emotional and physical and spiritual levels of healing. The field of alternative modalities is a dynamic and growing field and can be overwhelming …

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Carol’s story of the healing power of water

By Carol A. HulseDecember 1, 2008 When I signed up for Cindy Horsfall’s “The Heart of Canine Aquatic Therapy – Level 1” training held in November 2008, I eagerly anticipated learning all about how I could help dogs heal physically and emotionally through warm water therapy. Little did I know that I would also personally experience the healing power of water as part of my training. My interest in dogs and healing grew out of my firsthand experience with how …

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Dog pools for swimming therapy: what to look for

Are you looking for a pool foryour dog and having a hard time finding one? Here are some things you maywant to know, and things to ask as you search for a qualified dog pool. Many years ago I did a search for dog pools and found to my horror that none existed in the entire USA! There were people rehabilitation pools and Equine rehab pools but no one had a DOG POOL. In an effort to help my dog …

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Other Pools

More Pools The students who have graduated from La Paw Spa’s Level One and Level Two Programs have gone on to open pools and offer other related services dedicated to the care of our special needs and geriatric friends – they are found in the following combined directory: Level One and Two Graduate Directory  In addition to our graduates, we have an Association of Canine Water Therapy for all of the USA and Canada. This is an organization dedicated to …

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Canine Flotation Device for Therapy Work

What I Like in Canine Flotation Device for Therapy Work by Cindy Horsfall A dog will usually arrive at your pool in order to regain full range of motion, to build confidence, to build muscle and strength. I personally don’t often use a flotation device as I want to be able to support the dog, feel his movement and have access to his entire body for massage, however, for those dogs who don’t need this hands on approach, a floatation …

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Bamboo Pet Combat™ Extreme Toss n’ Pull Dog Toy

The Combat Extreme Toss n’ Pull Dog Toy is constructed of a very durable fabric, which makes it ideal for aggressive chewers and rough-housing. A tennis ball is attached to the adjustable heavy-duty rope, thereby giving dogs a choice of two toys to retrieve. Even though Brodie is a tennis ball fanatic, he opts to retrieve the main body of the toy. I think he found out that there was more resistance created when dragging the toy through the water …

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Pool vs. Treadmill?

Question: Hi! I am wondering why there are not more pools for hydrotherapy here in Australia yet? I have been researching the water treadmills and believe they would be an excellent rehab process amongst other types of medical reasons. Do you recommend them as an alternative if you do not have the room for a full functioning pool set up? Thank you, Cathy Answer (by Cindy Horsfall): Hello Cathy, This is a great question. To build a POOL vs a …

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Pet Buddies Pooch Tube

Pet Buddies says: The Pooch Tube is designed and constructed purely for doggie enjoyment and entertainment. It’s a durable competition for the standard issue flying disc. It’s perfect for ring toss, tug of war, fetch, doggie water polo or low impact lawn rugby or just about anything you and your dog can come up with that entails flinging and fetching this nifty tube. Although it’s durable, it is not intended as a chew toy. Wet or dry, the innovative Pooch …

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Tuffie’s Soft Dog Toy

Tuffie’s is billed as the “World’s Tuff-est Soft Dog Toy”. Tuffies toys are made from 1 layer of soft fleece to allow for easy chewing and 2 layers of ballistic, industrial grade coated denier nylon in the center. All three layers are bonded and sewn together to make one Tuff Layer. Tuffies are assembled with 7 seams. 4 seams hold the product together and then a layer of nylon is added to cover the assembly stitching and 3 more seams …

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What is pH?

Q: What is pH? Mine is frequently off, but my water looks fine. A: Well, pH stands for “potential of hydrogen”, but I prefer to think of it as Potential Hazard. It is probably the single most important test in your pool kit, and keeping the pH in the correct range is one of the most valuable things you can do to keep your pool clean and safe. pH is basically a measure of the relative acidity / alkalinity of …

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Wubba World Water Wubba

Measuring 4″ X 17″, the patented Water Wubba is a very unique dog toy. The top part is a tennis ball and the middle is a pliable rubber ball (no squeaker in the water version). The covering is neoprene (wet-suit material) with bindings under each ball ending in 4 “legs” like an octopus making it easy for another dog to grab for tug of war. The Water Wubba is designed to be easy to see and to dry fast. It …

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Zanies SS Canine Neoprene Toys

PetEdge says “Set sail into a sea of profits with these Zanies ® SS Canine Neoprene Toys. Made of buoyant neoprene so they float in water and are easy to grab on land. Bright nautical colors and designs stand out and make these fun toys highly visible both in your displays and during playtime. Buoy and Life Preserver feature cotton ropes for extra chewing fun. Each 9” toy contains a squeaker and comes with a hangtag for easy retail display. …

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JW Pet Company Whirl-Wheel Squeaky Rubber Flying Disk

JW Pet Company is the maker of the Hol-ee Roller and many other dog toys and grooming products. The JW Pet Company Whirl-Wheel puts a new spin on the flying disc. The only squeaking, pliable, flyable disc on the market, innovation and creativity mark the launch of this soon to be favorite. The Whirl-Wheel can be used as a tug toy, as a toss toy, as a chew toy, and as an interactive whirling wheel of fun for pet and …

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Katie’s Bumpers Frequent Flyer Fetch Toys

Primary Colors! Primary Shapes! Primary Fun! The Frequent Flyer is easy to see on the water, on land, in the snow, and in the shadows. Dogs don’t miss them! Tough Fire Hose Squeaks, Flies & Floats Durable, But Not Indestructible Safe and Strong Construction Land * Water * Snow Machine Wash (with your jeans!) Air Dry Pre-consumer Hose Materials All Katie’s Bumpers are intended as interactive play toys. They are not intended as chew toys. Best if used outdoors or on …

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What should I know about using ozone to sanitize my pool?

Q: I’m thinking about using ozone to sanitize my pool. What should I know? A: Good choice! Ozone is an excellent sanitizer that is economical, environmentally friendly, and pleasant for our clients. Let’s start with a basic understanding about how ozone works. You may be surprised to hear that ozone, chlorine, bromine, and peroxide all work essentially the same way – by oxidation. All these sanitizers are common chemical compounds that have an “extra” oxygen molecule. The formula for oxygen …

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Aspen Pet Booda Soft Bite Floppy Disc

Thanks to the BOODA® Soft Bite Floppy Disc®, you can say goodbye to your old, hard plastic disks! The BOODA Floppy Disc is the durable fetch toy that flies, floats and is flexible – making it both fun and safe for you dog! If you have a “Frisbee dog” the Soft Bite Floppy Disc is a must have. Take it to the park, beach, even your back yard and have hours of fun! It’s easy to throw and is soft …

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Triple Crown Easy Glider

The Triple Crown Easy Glider is easy to throw straight and level, even if you are inexperienced. The unique design allows for it to glide through the air without taking sharp arcs or turns, as well as land gently, making it easy for your dog to follow and catch. Plus, it is made of highly durable soft foam that will hold up to being in your dog’s mouth without cutting or hurting him. It also floats in water for disc …

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VO-Toys Ruff & Tough Doggie Boomerang

The Ruff & Tough Doggie Boomerang is made by Vo-Toys. They state that the Doggie Boomerang is: Built to Last Tougher than the rest when put to the test Extra durable construction Heavy duty material Floats in water Easy to throw, pull and tug Squeaks Brodie’s Rating: Brodie enjoyed this toy, however after a 20 minute swim session, the toy was already ripped (see picture below). Brodie did not chew or tug with the toy. He simply retrieved it. Not …

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Can chlorinated pools be dangerous?

Q: I’ve heard that chlorinated pools can be dangerous. Is that true? A: The answer is “possibly”. Any substance, even pure water, can be dangerous or even deadly when used improperly. Chlorine is no exception. Chlorine is the most commonly used sanitizer for pools. When used properly it is safe, effective, and economical. Unfortunately, its popularity also means it is the most frequently misused chemical in the industry. This misuse can lead to unhealthful conditions. We’ve all walked into a health …

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How big a pump do I need?

Q: How big a pump do I need for my pool? A: Here is a case where bigger probably IS better. There are generally two uses for pumps in a pool. Jet pumps are used to create a current to swim against and/or to massage aching muscles. These are generally separate from the circulation pumps, which are used to move water through the filter, heater, and sanitizing systems. We’ll talk about the latter. The typical rule of thumb for circulation pumps …

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How often should I shock my pool?

Q: How often should I shock my pool? A: The simple answer is “Whenever it needs it”. The real question is “How do I know when my pool needs a shock treatment?” WHY SHOCK? First, it helps to understand what a shock treatment is and why we need to do it. When clients (both canine and human) enter the pool, they introduce organics into the water. These include sweat, saliva, skin cells, body lotions, deodorants, soil, urine, loam, and a host …

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Test Your Pool Chemical IQ

Do you know what you are putting in your pool? Chemicals are a necessary part of pool maintenance. As much as we would like to eliminate them, it just isn’t practical (or safe) to go without. However, it is vitally important that you understand what is in the chemicals that you do use, and also when they should be used. Without that understanding, you may be adding many more things than you need to, or in some cases actually doing …

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What is the best size pool?

Q: I want to build a pool. What do you think is the best size? A: There is probably no “best size”, but here are some things to think about that might help you make a decision. First, what type of clients do you hope to attract? A typical 800 gallon spa would be fine if your business is limited to providing massage therapy. There’s not much room for swimming, but there are many tubs to choose from and you …

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All About Filters

A properly maintained pool incorporates both filtration and sanitation. We sanitize to kill bacteria, viruses, and algae, and we filter to remove particles suspended in the water. While clear water is not a guarantee that the water is safe to swim in, cloudy water is definitely a sign that something needs attention. Your filter is a critical part of your pool system, and should be selected with care and properly maintained. In this issue, we’ll provide some information to help …

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Floating Pool Thermometer With Remote Digital Display From Sharper Image

This is convenient — a floating pool thermometer that transmits readings to a wireless indoor display! Without going outside, you can check the water temperature of your pool or spa from as far away as 100 feet — thanks to the thermometer’s 433MHz transmitter. The floating thermometer has its own big LCD so it’s easy to read — the digits are huge! Secure it to the side of the pool using the included tether. This robust instrument is waterproof and …

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Introduction – Marketing Scents

The beginning stages of market analysis for your new business of Canine Water Therapy…. Congratulations! I salute you in your endeavors to combine a heartfelt avocation within the seemingly diametrically opposed worlds of healing, compassion, and bottomless love with the world of business, and even worse, sales. “Sales” does not have to be the dreaded task we so often imagine it to be. Matter of fact, your best sales efforts are actually conducted when you are doing what you love …

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Post Card Business Card Works Wonders – The Power of the Testimonial

Word of mouth advertising is the best form of promotion you can have for your business. Using the words from your happy customers, in the form of testimonials in your promotional materials allow you the opportunity to share these individual experiences of your specific service with potential clients. Keep a running list of comments and feedback your clients have provided to you. This could be something as simple as a complement they made to you after a treatment, a note …

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The Blaster ™ …A better way to clean cartridge filters!

The BLASTER™ is completely automatic! Just put your filter on, turn the water on, and it does the rest. It takes just a few minutes to clean most filters. A cleaner filter cartridge in less time and better water quality too!!! Available in 3 sizes to accommodate most filter cartridges. The Blaster 1000 holds cartridges up to 20″, the Blaster 2000 holds cartridges up to 27″ and the Blaster 3000 holds cartridges up to 34″. Specifications:FILTER CLEANING RPM: 0.8 (10″ …

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Maintaining A Visual Promotional Tool

We are quite the visually oriented species. We make many critical decisions during the day based upon visual input. Sometimes the visual stimulus is dramatic, such as a frown on a child’s face. Sometimes it can be subtle as in sensing the expressions of a stranger’s glance. It should be no surprise that we make our purchasing decisions based upon what we see and how we feel about what we see. A useful tool to aid in the promotion of …

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Publicity for Fun and Profit

There are many methods of promotion within the media mix that allow you to introduce your unique service to the public. A quite successful tool, when used effectively, is the “press release.” A successful press release announces your canine services to the general population, the local veterinarians, canine association members, and other “target” markets for your services. The goal of your announcement is seeing an article about your services followed by watching an increase in the number of clients on …

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Your Own Web Site for Under $3 A Month

In a recent poll, 90% of the business web sites were created specifically so their customers and prospects could find their current contact information. At first it would seem that is a considerable amount of effort for “just” a phone number or a mailing address. But then when you consider the time and money to establish a new address or phone number through the “established” channels of communication (phone book, newspaper, etc.) it makes sense; particularly when it is your …

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Raising The Odds

Every year in February for the last 14 years K9 Carts has exhibited at the Western Veterinary Conference held in Las Vegas, the gambling capital of the world. I am not a gambler but I usually throw away $10 each year playing the slots. Do I have a system for losing money? No, it depends on what Casino I am in at the time. However if I knew of a Casino or bank of slot machines that guaranteed that there …

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TTouch Offers Canines New Pawsibilities

Swim Sessions Combined with the TTOUCHMETHOD™ offer Canines New PawsibilitiesBy Pampered Paw SwimSpa Injuries sustained by canines often leave a holding pattern of impaired function and pain in the injured area. These mal-adaptive responses are repetitively used because they are “programmed” as neural patterns which exist below the level of the dog’s awareness. In an effort to protect their body, the animal that is in pain will carry themselves in a way which is beneficial at the time. However long term, …

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Dog Hair: Some Floats, Some Sinks

A Day In The Life Of A Pool Owner/Cleaner!By Melissa Barran of SplashDog Spa in Edmonds, WACourtesy ACWT I never in a million years thought I would become an expert on dog hair and fur. And not just any expert – oh no. I’ve become an expert on which dog hair floats and which dog hair sinks. And you think you have an exciting life. Picture this. It’s SplashDog’s grand opening and I’m ready to open the doors. The facility, the …

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Change

CHANGE is a popular word with our new President and every day, whether we like it or not, changes occur all around us – many of which we have no control over and many we do! Life can CHANGE in an instant from a phone call, meeting someone who teaches or influences us, reading a newspaper or book or receiving an email. I grew up in Scotland and in 1960, after visiting Paris, France, I placed an ad in Le …

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K9 Carts: Our Company Story

Let me tell you a story! Let me tell you a great story about what we do, why we do what we do, why we excel at what we do and why we walk around with smiles on our faces and why every single day for the last 30 years we have been bringing joy and happiness to pets and their owners all over the world. It all started with a Veterinary Orthopedic Specialist named Dr. Lincoln Parkes. Back in the …

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Mobility and K9 Happiness

Mobility is a major factor in a pet’s happiness and keeping them healthy. The ability to walk and run around freely, being able to do what they want to do when they want to contributes immensely to K9 happiness. I have helped over 35,000 pets over the years and I wish I had kept records of how many animals recovered after using one of our carts. Last week, a mini 3 year old dapple Dachshund named Daisy came to be …

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Aqua Paws Hydrotherapy Inc. – Jacqueline Gibson

Aqua Paws Hydrotherapy Inc. Jacqueline Gibson Vancouver, BC, Canada Phone: 604-723-8015Email: info<at>aquapaws.ca (*)Web: http://www.aquapaws.ca Aqua Paws, located in the heart of Vancouver and only minutes from downtown, is the first ‘eco-friendly’ canine warm water therapy pool in the city. We use an Ionization water purification system, reducing the need to use large amounts of bromine, chlorine and other harsh chemicals. The result is water that is crystal clear, pure and clean, much like the feel of a natural hot spring! Aqua …

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Whoa Stop! Hey! Come back Charlie!

HEY! STOP! COME BACK CHARLIE !!! The sounds of someone on the move…. these words are music to any health care provider’s ears when they have been caring for someone who is challenged in their mobility. I had been working with Charlie for about 3 weeks when he arrived in my back parking lot and apparently had ‘gotten away’ from his person and was ambling across the field in back… just the week prior, Charlie was completely paralyzed in his …

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Noseworks Is Great For Geriatric And Special Needs Dogs

Congratulations to Batman Batman is nearly 15 and achieved his nose works one title in June 2011 and was the 3rd oldest dog to achieve that title in the USA! Congratulations Bosun Rambo! Bosun obtained his ORT title on wheels – April 23rd, 2011 Read about Bosun in the Peninsula Daily News! Watch Bosun’s Noseworks on Video! • We all love our instructor Karla Kimmey and she only starts 8 students every 8 weeks in Sequim/Port Angelescontact her for one of these openings: Phone:1-888-876-9364Outside US: …

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Strength Training for our Canine Friends

Strength Training for K9 Athletes with a Certified Canine Fitness Instructor Bobbie Lyons, Cert CF has been training and competing in agility with her dogs for over 10 years. She has also participates in herding, and teaches in person classes on trick training, improving focus and human workouts with your dog. She currently has three Border Collies and an Australian Shepherd. One of her dogs, Force, has a rotated pelvis that prevents him from fully extending his hind legs when …

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When The Spirit Has Left

The spirit has left its beautiful container – and now what do I do…Remaining present and fluid in your plans When I lost Kwinn, my 9 year old shepherd, to cancer – it took me totally by surprise. From the time we discovered the cancer until the time I lost her was about 6 hours. I was reeling in shock and disbelief and I couldn’t get my arms wrapped around this new reality in my life. There are many components …

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Healthy Paws Pet Insurance

Some of my clients are getting vet prescriptions for water aquatic therapies and are getting up to 90% of the cost covered. This is the first company I have experienced that does this. After writing up receipts for my work and seeing my clients covered, I decided to switch my insurance for my dogs to HEALTHY PAWS… and in February 2015 my beloved dog Luna was diagnosed with 3 different cancers which lead to 3 drastic surgeries and an ongoing …

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PNW Boarding

PNW Boarding Options for boarding your pets in the Pacific Northwest. The Lodge at Cardiff’sA Canine Country Club and SpaPersonalized Quality Care in DuvallSusan(425) 788-8449www.lapawspa.com/thelodge/email: Hunterdonfarms<at>aol.com Camp Happy PawsBecky4616 174th St. SEBothell, WA 98012(425) 489-2529 (Bothell)(206) 851-WOOF (9663) (Seattle)(866) 666-WOOF (9663) (Toll Free)www.camphappypaws.com Puppy MannersBecky Bishop8902 222nd Street SEWoodinville, WA 98072-8049(425) 482-1057email: becky<at>puppymanners.comwww.puppymanners.com Pooch N’ Pals Adventure CampCheryl Bowles27115 Old Owen RoadMonroe, WA(425) 885-0083(877) 64-POOCH Casa CanineKennel free boarding(253) 537-0506Tacoma Areaemail: info<at>casacanine.comwww.casacanine.com See Spot RunShelley Bartholomew(425) 844-9305email: k9<at>aol.com Happy Hound …

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