Getting Ready for hydro-therapy for your dog

  • Brush your dog beforehand
    If you can help us keep excess hair out of the filter by bushing your dog before their apt, we would absolutely appreciate that, but don't stress, dogs shed! If your dog is pretty dirty or hasn't been washed for some time, please wash them beforehand.


  • Avoid putting anything on your dog such as grooming sprays, oils, grooming chalks, recent use of topical flea treatments, etc.

  • Bring towels and treats. 
    With your treats, choose non-crumbly types.  Avoid dehydrated hard treats. A recipe for small treats that float can be found here.

    For regular users, you may like to purchase a drying coat, here's a couple that may interest you: Doggie DryDOG, and Surfdog


  • We will put our own harness and waterproof collar and lead on your dog unless you have those yourself and prefer to use your own. We do not use lifejackets in an underwater treadmill.

  • You'll probably get wet
    Whether it is your dog shaking on you or your shoes getting wet in the post-treatment rinse you give your dog, we suggest you wear your "dog" clothes :)


  • Dogs under medical management may need a Vet referral.

How often?

For best results for fitness clients, 1-2 sessions per week for 6 weeks and then for maintenance, once weekly or once a fortnight depending on your goals. The more your dog works out, the faster you reach your desired outcome - you technically can come as much as you want.

For rehab clients, click here to see a general guideline of treatment for common conditions or contact us to discuss. You will need a vet referral form.


New clients
$120.00 for your first appointment per dog - this session is a longer session that includes the taking of a case history and completing an assessment as well as an underwater treadmill session.

$60.00 follow-up per session, per dog.

Existing Balanced Canine clients: 
If you have not seen Lance before, you will need to book a first appointment for existing clients $60.00, this is a longer appointment where a history and assessment is completed.

$60.00 follow-up appointments.

Session Duration

Your first session will be up to one hour and will include a history and assessment.

The follow-up session blocks are a maximum of half an hour, this includes preparing your dog for their session and rinsing and drying them off.

The time spent in the actual underwater treadmill depends on the individual dog and how they are traveling, it's hard work! Most fitness dogs will be in the underwater treadmill for around 10 minutes initially and the level of difficulty will increase over time. Our unit also offers an incline and power jet.

Even if your dog is very fit, resistance exercise is hard work!

Rehab clients treatment time is dependent on condition and is likely to start with short sessions.

How will your dog react?

They may be a little nervous initially, there are different sounds coming from pumps and equipment that are new to them, then water coming into the unit.

If your dog has never been on a treadmill before, they may become a little worried when the earth starts to move under their feet but we'll be in there with them to help them.

By large, most dogs cope really well and by their 3rd session and happily participating.

If you have a dog that has a bite risk please speak with us before booking your appointment so we can discuss management options.

Booking your Hydrotherapy session for fitness & rehab

The Balanced Canine offers underwater treadmill sessions for fitness and rehab with our in-training hydrotherapist, Lance Garmonsway for both existing and new clients. 


Our appointment system will let you book up 7 weeks in advance from today's date, we are closed on public holidays.

Away notice: 19th May, 26-30th July

Book here


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What is hydrotherapy good for?

  • Muscle Strengthening

  • Increase muscle mass

  • Cardiovascular fitness making it ideal for sporting and show dogs who need to perform at their best and avoid injury.

  • Improved speed of recovery helps dogs get back to those fun activities faster.

  • Pain relief

  • Prevention of atrophy

  • Improved range of motion

  • Assists in weight loss

  • Reduction in swelling

  • Reduction in stiffness

  • Improved circulation

  • Improved proprioception

  • Gait re-education

  • Improve trunk strength

  • Prolong mobility and life in senior pets and those with mobility challenges

What are common hydrotherapy goals?

  • Encourage weight bearing / limb use.

  • Strengthen

  • Improve gait pattern

  • Improve mobility

  • Re-educate gait

  • Improve transitions getting up from rest

  • Increase fitness

  • Improve subluxation hip score in breeding dogs

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Who is hydrotherapy NOT suitable for?

  • Dogs with open, infected, or draining wounds

  • Active gastro-intestinal disease (vomiting and or diarrhea)

  • Dogs who are acutely unwell

  • Recent deterioration in mobility e.g. can’t walk, limbs not moving and non weight bearing on a limb

  • Systemic compromise such as severe cardiac, liver, kidney disease

  • Severe respiratory compromise or distress

  • Advanced debility/ frailty

  • Uncontrolled epilepsy

  • Contagious condition

  • Tracheostomy

  • Chlorine allergy

  • Dogs that have had chemotherapy within the last 48 hours

  • Bitches in season

  • Pregnant bitches - 1st trimester possibility for bitches who are experienced and happy in the underwater treadmill with their Vets ok.