Aqua therapy for dogs comes to South Walton

Published: Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 02:22 PM.

She moved to Destin 20 years with her husband, Craig, and she has done photography and video. Three years ago, they built a home in Santa Rosa Beach, where they now live with their four dogs, two cats, and 15 small birds. Their most recent addition was a Tennessee Walker named Dusty Dollar.

Several months ago, Barrett was in her vet's office with one of her dogs, and she noticed they needed help answering the phones. Since she lived nearby, she offered to help out until they could hire someone full time.

While there, Barrett got to know the owners and see how things were done.

While meeting the vet’s clients and their pets, she noticed that some dogs had emotional issues that she believed could probably be helped in a holistic manner.

Barrett has studied aromatherapy for animals — dogs and horses — for about a year and will become certified this year. She is also working toward becoming certified in canine massage therapy.

After seeing the emotional issues of animals at the vet's office, she began searching the Internet for holistic centers for animals, but she didn't find much available. She found one in Orlando that offered a canine aqua therapy class. Barrett signed up and went there in November.

During the time she was there, she worked with dogs of all sizes.

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