Why I require an Assessment Swim for your dog?

Because my first concern is the health, happiness and well-being of your dog, all new clients must go through an Assessment Swim – click here to read about: What is an Assessment Swim?

Assessment Swim:  $125 – lasts approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour and includes:

  • Review of paperwork
  • Q&A
  • Light massage (to help your dog relax and get to know my touch)
  • Reiki
  • Swim (depending on health, condition, swim time may vary)

At the end of the Assessment Swim, we will discuss what Category of Care is best for your dog.

Your written vet’s approval is required for all elderly, arthritic, pre/post surgical dogs and a dog under your vet’s care for a current condition.  Please call Jean to discuss.


Injury Recovery: This swim is appropriate for the seniors, arthritic, overweight, pre/post-surgical dog.

  • As our dogs age, they cannot go on those long walks any longer.  Swimming will replace those walks as swimming is non-weight bearing and helps to build up those leg muscles.
  • For a dog recuperating from surgery, a dog’s leg muscles may atrophy due to lack of exercise.  Swimming, non-weight bearing, can help rebuild their leg muscles.

As your dog rests on the platform in the water, a light massage and stretching is included.  Their breathing and heart rate is closely monitored.

This category will require your vet’s written approval – no exceptions. DOWNLOAD Veterinary Approval Form
Individual/Single Swim: $85
Purchase a 10-swim package and receive a 10% discount = $765.

Swim Your Non-Confident Dog: Contrary to popular belief, not all dogs can swim instinctively or even enjoy it. We work with your dog to build their confidence, helping them get over their fear of the water, and have fun doing it!

Each dog is different.  Some get over their fears during their Assessment Swim … and you will see this as well!  For some, it takes longer … as in the video of Elvis.  Elvis took 9 separate swims before he was comfortable and started having fun.  Today, he is an expert dock-diver.  (At first, we could not get him in the water ….. today, we cannot keep him out!)

By the end of the Assessment Swim, you will see your dog’s swim improvement.  

Individual/Single Swim: $70
Purchase a 10-swim package and receive a 10% discount = $630

Swim Fit: This category covers a number of swim issues and is first, for the dog who is now over their fear of swimming, is an excellent swimmer but could fall into one of two categories where they need some additional guidance from me:

1. Swimming for overall fun, fitness & exercise.  The dog has learned to swim and loves it, but wants and/or still needs some guidance from me.  This will include:

  • pool play time
  • pool swim racing
  • building stamina and muscles
  • light massage during rest time
  • monitoring their heart rate and breathing rate

2. Swimming for fitness & exercise.  This is for the dog that has learned to overcome fear of water, swims great, but is not a fan of the activity.  I will continue to work with your dog as I did during their “Non-Confident Dog” category, that includes:

  • pool swim time, including exercises and laps
  • building stamina and muscles
  • light massage during rest time
  • monitoring their heart rate and breathing rate
  • in certain circumstances, may include a Recreational dog swimmer, who is friendly, loves to swim and may help your dog see how much fun it swimming can be*

*Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not.  One example, see video above “From Fearful to Fearless,” where Chloe, Weimaraner, starts out fearful and with swimming with Gracie, ASPCA special, learns to love it!

Individual/Single Swim: $60
10-swim package receives a 10% discount = $540

Recreational Swims:  For the dog that already know how and loves to swim.  (An Assessment Swim is still required in order to make sure your dog qualifies.  (No medical issues.)  This swim includes fetching toys in pool, swim play with your dog.  This swim includes supervision while swimming with other dog, monitored rest times as needed.  Your dog must be people and other dog friendly as your dog may be paired with another Recreational Swim dog.

Individual/Single Swim: $35
10-swim package receives a 10% discount = $315

Discounts given for additional dog.
24-hour cancellation notice is required or you will be charged for swim session.

Own a Pool? 

Does your dog know how to get out of your pool?  I have heard too many stories of how a dog fell into a pool when noone home and did not know where to exit and drown.  Please do not let this happen to your pet.

I provide swim lessons from the convenience of your own pool.  I will teach your dog: 

  1. how to get out of the pool safely
  2. how to get over fear of swimming

Initial Home Visit: One Hour Swim Session: $200* (prepayment required); add $50 for each 30 minutes thereafter during initial home visit
Repeat home visit: $150 for 1 hour

*Outside the South Bay: a surcharge of $5 is applied for every 5 miles traveled door-to-door (each way).