Aqua therapy for dogs comes to South Walton

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

"The pool was heated and 4.5-foot deep for the entire length, with steps at the entry. I sit on the steps and the owner is there. The dog faces their owner. I squat and the dog's hind legs rest on my legs. I have his rear and hold him and I bring him into the water. I go away from the owner. Their paws rest on my forearm as I take them to the opposite end of the pool away from the owner. I hold him to provide a little resistance," she explained. 

Barrett admits that some dogs resist and can be muzzled if growling occurs.

She is currently looking at pools and plans to have one installed or built at her home this month. She is also looking at off-site indoor locations to offer climate-controlled enclosures to be able to work with dogs in the winter. The pool will be heated and non-chlorinated.

Meanwhile, until she gets her own pool, Barrett is available for aqua therapy at someone's house.

"I'm going to the dogs," she said. "Did I think after all these years I would be doing this? No. But something opened my eyes and here I am."

Email melaniebarrett@mac.com. Visit her website at www.melaniebarrett.com.



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