Swimming Rehab & Exercise
We offer "Assisted" and "Therapeutic" swim sessions. Please contact us for details, pricing, and to schedule a session.
Canine Swim Program
- Does your dog struggle to climb into the car?
- Are your dog's hind legs weaker than they used to be?
- Is your dog recovering from surgery?
- Is your dog overweight?
- Is your dog a canine athlete who needs conditioning?
- Is your dog 7 years old or older?
- Does your dog suffer from arthritis, hip dysplasia, degenerative diseases or other bone and joint conditions?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, your dog needs Dawg Paradise's Canine Swim Program! We offer two different swim options: Therapeutic Swimming and Assisted Swimming.
Meet the Rehab Team! - Dr. Keeley, Jill & Christine -
$55 per session or 4 sessions for $200
When dealing with certain orthopedic and neurological conditions, we recommend your dog be evaluated by our certified canine rehabilitation specialist, Dr. Chris Keeley. Dr. Keeley will make recommendations for further workup if necessary, ensuring your dog is healthy to swim. He will establish a treatment plan which will include intensity of swim session, massage techniques and stretching of tight muscles. He will discuss the plan with our professional swim staff to ensure your dog is on the path to wellness. Dr. Keeley will continue to monitor the treatment plan and adjust as necessary so that your dog can safely regain his or her health in the pool. Sessions are anywhere from 25-55 minutes depending on your dog's endurance and the established plan of care.
Assisted Swim Sessions
$45 per session or 4 sessions for $160
Our qualified swim staff including a physical therapist and a veterinarian technician will work in the water with your dog to assist him or her with swimming, staying in the pool and feeling comfortable and confident in the water. Our professional staff member is always in the pool with your dog guiding the session, monitoring your dog's response to exercise and ensuring maximum benefit from the session. Each session is customized to the individual needs of each dog and will consist of a blend of resisted swimming, free swimming and therapeutic rest while in the pool. We strongly recommend that you have your dog evaluated by your veterinarian prior to starting a swim program. Sessions are anywhere from 25-45 minutes depending on your dog's endurance in the pool.
*As of January 1, 2018, we will require at least a 24 hour notice if you intend to cancel your swim appointment. If you do not cancel within this time frame, you will be charged for the session.
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Please be sure to have your pets' vet add Dawg Paradise to the list of those they will release records to. Sometimes owners will forget to bring in their pets vaccinations records. In those situations, Dawg Paradise will contact the vet to verify vaccinations and request them if needed.
Non weight bearing exercises such as warm water swimming are proven to help build muscle tone, increase cardiac fitness, relax muscles, increase flexibility and reduce stress, anxiety and pain. Swimming is an ideal exercise because it delivers a safe, low impact, full body workout.
Canine Rehabilitation with Dr. Chris Keeley
Christopher J. Keeley DVM
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT)
Dr. Keeley directs the physical rehabilitation and fitness services at the Southlane Veterinary Hospital in Valparaiso, Indiana. He received his CCRT training through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in Coral Springs, Florida, and completed his internship training through the Department of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation at Texas A&M's College of Veterinary Medicine, College Station, Texas.
Dr. Keeley works with pets that are recovering from surgery or injury, have neurologic conditions, and those struggling with obesity or symptoms of old age. He and the entire staff will work together closely with you and your regular veterinarian to ensure the best chance of returning your pet to his/her full health and function.
Dr. Keeley can be reached at Southlane Veterinary Clinic 219.462.4114 to discuss diagnosis and treatment options for your pet.
Jill Armstrong -
Swimming with the Dogs
Jill Armstrong, PT
Licensed Physical Therapist
Jill with Dr. Keeley and Olive
Olive had surgery on her ACL and is doing water rehabilitation.
Jill is a Physical Therapist with over 15 yrs experience treating patients recovering from orthopedic injury and surgery and those with neurological diseases. She specializes in women's health at one of Northwest Indiana's outpatient Physical Therapy clinics.
Jill graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga in 1999. There she met instructor Dr. David Levine, UTC professor and co-chair of the University of Tennessee Canine Rehabilitation program. Her research at the university focused on the benefits of Hippotherapy (horseback therapy) in a patient diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Jill attended the First and Second International Symposiums on Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy in Veterinary Medicine in Corvalis, OR and Knoxville, TN. She then went on to research and develop two Therapy Dog programs in different facilities where she worked as a senior staff therapist. She utilized and trained her Certified Therapy Dog, a 150 pound Great Dane named Titus, as a motivator for patients with traumatic brain injury, stroke, cognitive and speech impairment, and orthopedic injury in the rehab setting.
Jill is thrilled to be part of the team helping to implement the appropriate treatment plan for your canine companion.
Christine Waters -
Swimming with the Dogs
Christine Waters, Veterinary Assistant, Certified Canine Fitness Trainer
Christine Waters has been with us since November 2014. She is a veterinary assistant at Southlane Veterinary Hospital in Valparaiso, Indiana and has worked for Dr. Rachael Jones and Dr. Christopher Keeley at their practice since 2011. Her passion for helping animals has been lifelong, but it wasn't until Dr. Keeley became certified and began offering canine rehabilitation services that she discovered her niche. She assists Dr. Keeley with all his rehab patients, implementing land therapy programs to help them regain strength and mobility. As these patients progress, she begins providing therapeutic swim sessions to further their recovery while incorporating targeted exercises to keep it fun and effective.
Seeing one-on-one how beneficial rehab can be for dogs recovering from orthopedic injuries and neurological conditions inspired her to research the importance of injury prevention and fitness in our canine companions. She earned her CCFT (Certified Canine Fitness Trainer) through the University of Tennessee/FitPAWS Master Trainer program in 2016. She hopes to reach out to the pet-owner community and help people better understand why a good weight, proper nutrition, and a well-conditioned body and mind are crucial to a dog's longevity and are integral parts of a happy healthy life.
Christine currently resides in Portage, Indiana with her husband, Brandon, their two dogs Janna and Nessa, their cats Wonton and Kirby, and Stanley, their hedgehog. She enjoys long leash-walks on the beach and singing in the pool.