At SandDancer Canine Swim Therapy, our goal is to serve dog owners or “canine parents” seeking to enhance their pet’s fitness and overall well-being. Owner Mary Beth Glatz is multi-certified in Canine Water Therapy from The Association of Water Canine Therapy (ACWT). At SandDancer Canine Swim Therapy & Fitness we provide quality exercise and warm-water workouts for dogs of all ages and health conditions, from young pups to adult dogs to geriatric dogs in need of supervised and guided exercise.
At SandDancer our primary service is an individualized canine warm-water workout based on the dog’s needs, physical condition, age, and water acclimatization. It involves a half-hour controlled swim along with massage and movement exercises in the warm supporting waters.
Our heated pool, 4-feet deep, with water temperature maintained between 85º and 90º F, was designed and built specifically for this purpose. Warm-water therapy is safe for all dogs, helping to ease muscular tension, increase circulation, and reduce physical and emotional stress in canines as reported by the ACWT. Paddling in a safe, supervised environment, aquatic canine aerobic exercise helps tone muscles with the minimal amount of impact stress in addition to benefiting the dog’s heart and lungs. In fact, according to the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, a 5-minute swim is equivalent to walking five miles.
Warm-water exercise is particularly beneficial for elderly and/or arthritic dogs for the same reason it is beneficial for humans; that is, as an ideal environment for low-impact exercise.
From a more practical standpoint, the reduced-gravity environment that water provides enables the fitness trainer to easily lift and guide the dog through all phases of the workout.