Where are classes held?
The aqua therapy class is held at Rocky’s Retreat Canine Health & Fitness Center, located at 2826 Shader Rd. Orlando, FL.
How long are classes?
The aqua therapy class is 6 days long and runs from Monday through Saturday.
What are the hours each day?
The typical hours for the aqua therapy class are 9am to 5pm with an hour break for lunch.
Are there prerequisites for classes?
No there are no prerequisites, but for the aqua therapy class, you should not have any physical limitations.
What types of dogs are used for training?
We use a variety of dogs that present different challenges. Many of the dogs are our clients. We also use some dogs who are in rescue.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes you can, but please tell us about your dog ahead of time.
If I'm coming to Orlando from out of town, which airport do I fly into and do I need to rent a car?
Most people fly into Orlando International Airport. Daytona Beach International Airport is another option but is farther away. Yes, you will need to rent a car.
In Orlando, where should I stay?
We recommend the Comfort Inn and Suites on Lee Rd. at Interstate 4. It’s three miles from Rocky’s Retreat, and has a complimentary breakfast. If that’s not available, please contact us and we’ll find another hotel for you.
How physically strenuous is the program?
The aqua therapy program involves working with large dogs, and while the buoyancy of the water helps support the dogs, you need some upper body strength to work with dogs that may not know how to swim, or to support big dogs that may not float. It can be physically tiring.
What kind of study materials will I receive?
The aqua therapy program is very hands-on, but you will also receive a manual and a book on anatomy. We will also video all sessions during the class and you will get copies of those to remind you what you did during the class.
Will there be tests?
In the aqua therapy class, there are no written tests. Your tests are the dogs themselves! The dogs you work with on the final day are your final exam. Your instructors determine whether you pass or fail the course.
What can I do with the certification?
You will be able to work in a canine aqua therapy center or you can open your own facility.
How can I learn more about the programs?
This website should give you all the information you need, but if it doesn’t please don’t hesitate to call or email us.