Canine Hydrotherapy

Course Syllabus

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Hydrotherapy Overview

  • What is Hydrotherapy?
  • Why is it beneficial?
  • Which animals benefit from hydrotherapy?

Animal Anatomy & Behavior

  • We explore the main anatomical systems and their functions.
  • We’ll study and review commonly used terminology.

Common Conditions

Learn the most common health/muscular conditions you’ll come across and how hyrdotherapy improves those conditions.

Administration & Documentation

  • We’ll walk through all necessary information to obtain from clients prior to a swim.
  • Learn to tailor a specific swim program for an animal based on their condition.
  • Discuss additional body studies and the importance of continuing education.

Pool Management & Water Properties

  • Chemicals! We’ll teach you what is and is NOT safe for your clients.
  • We’ll cover water chemistry 101.

Equipment & Facility Design

  • We’ll cover types of equipment needed.
  • You’ll learn the ins and outs of life jackets, decks and pool styles to ensure client safety.

Handling & Therapy Techniques

  • We’ll demonstrate best holds to use in the pool with animals.
  • Learn how to modify techniques based on animals’ conditions.
  • Discover when it’s best to refer an animal to another specialist vs. continuing hyrdrotherapy.
  • Proper body mechanics – We’ll cover stretches and strengthening for your own body to stay in good working condition for your aqua therapy career.