Thanks to all of you we were able to help out and send the necessary supplies, FOUR carloads worth, to the animals that needed it most in Texas:Read More
MT. OLIVE -- Petra Ford always loved dogs, loved athletic competition, and had an interest in science and medicine.
So after becoming a physical therapist, she decided to pursue a line of work at Aqua Dog Rehabilitation that would allow her to combine all three.
Now approaching their 10th year in business together, she and Dr. Kristine Conway, a veterinarian in Mine Hill, are continuing to blaze new trails in applying the science of physical and rehabilitative medicine to the treatment of canine sports injuries.Read More
Jagger is a lovely three year old Golden Retriever/Irish Setter mix who was hit by a car in the fall of 2016. Jagger had significant road rash, a shattered right elbow and significant nerve damage to his left front leg. Jagger started rehabilitation with us two weeks after surgery.Read More
Someone recently asked me “Why would you train a pig?” Good question. My immediate response was, “because it’s fun”. Then I thought about it some more. And realized it’s primarily because I love animals, I love a challenge and I love to learn. Which is why, after 14 plus years, I still love training my dogs. My very first mentor was a brilliant field trial trainer....His first question was always, “what did you learn?” ...He taught me to have an open mind, a curious mind. To think outside the box, and constantly strive to be better at communicating with these exceptional creatures we call “dogs”. He taught me that dogs just don’t think like we do. It’s up to us to think more like them and that there is never just one way to train a dog.Read More
I used to think that throwing a ball, letting my dogs run off leash in the woods and training my dogs was “exercise”. In actuality, these activities cause wear and tear on dogs’ muscles, tendons and joints. With performance clients my goal is to instill one concept: our dogs are elite athletes. This simple shift in mindset helps us understand the importance of a conditioning program. Athletes are mindfully conditioned, they warm-up, cool down, stretch, and cross train. Every athlete, regardless of their sport, requires strong core muscles. A personalized conditioning program improves performance and minimizes the risk of injury.Read More
The National Obedience Championship was held March 25 and 26 in Perry, Georgia. The top obedience dogs in the country must qualify to receive an invitation to compete in this prestigious event. It is a grueling competition. Saturday starts with 140 dogs. Each dog competes in 8 rings. The top 50 teams move on to the second round on Sunday morning. The dogs again compete in 8 rings. Only the top 20 teams move on to the final rounds. In the final round, each dog competes in four rings with two judges. This round determines the final four teams.Read More
Treat your dog to a relaxing full-body massage with aromatherapy in a tranquil setting. Services by Anita and Carolyn, our certified canine masseuses.
To make an appointment:
Anita and Carolyn are passionate about dogs and improving their quality of life. They have a number of years gaining hands on experience at Aqua Dog and are certified in Canine Massage from the Brandenburg Massage Therapy School.Read More
Bella tore her Cranial Cruciate Ligament (“CCL”) running around her yard. She was practically on three legs when she first started with Aqua Dog and a bit overweight. Angelo was interested in conservative management rather than surgery.Read More
Each year the American Kennel Club holds an Obedience Tournament known as the “Classic”. The event is sponsored by Eukanuba and held in Orlando, Florida. Participants must qualify to be invited by meeting certain criteria. Only the top teams in the country are invited and it is an honor to compete with so many talented teams.Read More
So proud of my little man, Zeal. In November we went to the Maryland Regional Qualifier. It was an honor to have so many great teams at this event.Read More
We are accepting donations for the holidays!!
This holiday season we are giving back by collecting donations for Big Dog Rescue (they rescue little dogs too!) Please help support the wonderful organization dedicated to pulling dogs from high kill shelters and finding them loving forever homes. Click to find out what items we are collecting.Read More
Petra headed to Maine in September to complete her Reiki Level One Certification. In October she will begin the coursework for Reiki Level Two.Read More
Typically the treatment of choice for a Cranial Cruciate Ligament ("CCL") tear is surgery.Read More
This past weekend Zeal competed in his first Regional. I'm so proud of him!
He held his own with an incredibly talented field of competitors. A lapse of concentration in his last class put us out of the running. However, I am thrilled with how much he has improved since January.Read More
Senior patients require special rehabilitation considerations as they have a high incidence of underlying chronic conditions that lead to progressive loss of mobility. At Aqua Dog, treatment of our senior patients can be very rewarding as a patient regains function and there is a noticeable improvement in our patient’s quality of life.Read More
Zeal and I traveled to York, Pennsylvania for a two-day trial hoping to finish his Utility Dog (UD) title. Even though he had not yet completed his UD, I entered him in both the Open and Utility classes. My goal for the Utility class was a happy, confident dog. Zeal far exceeded my expectations!! He had a great attitude in the ring and handled the trial like a seasoned veteran.Read More
The National Obedience Invitational was held in Long Beach, California. It is a grueling competition challenging the competitors' mental and physical endurance. The first day of competition each dog and handler team goes in the ring six times to perform a combination of utility and open exercises. In addition, each dog does one set of stays (3-minute out of sight sit stay and 5-minute out of sight down stay). Only the top 32 dogs progress to the second day of competition! On the second day, each round is a head to head elimination round! Two teams compete against each other by performing a combination of utility and open exercises … one team moves on, the other team does not. Needless to say, there is no room for error!Read More