Dedicate a quiet, enclosed, comfortable area for treatment, free of distractions such as food, toys and activity of others.
Make sure other people and pets are out of view as these can create major distractions.
Have your dog's favorite treat(s) on hand as we will use these to build trust and facilitate a positive reward association with therapy.
Preparing your dog
Please do your best to make sure your dog has recently gone to the bathroom.
If you regularly take any measures to calm your dog before veterinary visits, it is best to implement these prior to our arrival.
Please have your dog leashed for a smooth handoff.
We will greet you and may appear to ignore your dog until they are handed over to us via leash.
If your dog is reluctant to interact with us, we can still use that time to make observations of their function and environment to provide education and recommendations.
We use various treats (yours and/or ours) to build trust, calm dogs, facilitate exercises and distract dogs during certain treatments. Please let us know what ingredients they cannot have where applicable.
If your dog is too distracted by your presence during the session, it may be most productive for you to remove yourself from the room.
Due to liability concerns, we cannot have you involved with handling your dog during certain treatments.
Underwater treadmill sessions: have at least one large towel ready so we can dry your dog off afterwards.
After each session give your dog lots of praise and rewards to build a positive association with cooperating with therapy!
Your dog may be tired and feel more like resting later in the day.
Because we use treats during sessions, a lighter dinner for your dog may be more appropriate to remain within their diet for that day.