"AN ORIGINAL PIONEER IN CANINE HYDROTHERAPY"
In 1996 JULIE KOLAJ founded 'CORLEY CANINE POOL'. One of only 4 canine
hydrotherapy pools in this country, at that time, it rapidly grew to be
considered the "Number 1" in the field of canine hydrotherapy.
Julie has devoted much of her life to pioneering and perfecting many of
the techniques widely used in canine hydrotherapy today. A renowned expert,
she has given many media interviews on the subject.
As there are no officially recognised hydrotherapy qualifications, julie
insists her canine hydrotherapists undergo a 3 year practical training
programme, under her personal tuition, which fully encompasses all applications,
before they are considered qualified. Also this must be their only means
of employment - not a part time hobby. Julie believes that as in human
hydrotherapy there is no "Fast-Track" or "Learn In A Weekend"
tuition, often provided by other tank type pools, which fully equips a
canine hydrotherapist to know and understand all the ailments, underlying
causes and treatments best addressed by hydrotherapy.
Canine hydrotherapy has many facets and one must fully comprehend how
each ailment affects the dog, the cause by which each ailment occurs and
how best to treat the dog to achieve maximum benefit. The canine hydrotherapist
must be able to assess the dog through locomotion in the water. He or
she must have the knowledge of 'reading the dog'. This means how the dog
moves through the water, in order to devise an individual exercise programme
that will best aid each dog.
i.e. 1. How does the dog move through the water?
2. How does it move each limb?
3. Is there full extension/flexion to each limb?
4. How does the head lie on the water?
5. Is one hip higher than the other?
6. Are the fore toes splayed evenly?
7. Does the dog roll to one side?
These are just some of the movements a FULLY trained canine hydrotherapist
must be able to recognise. This assessment can only be made with the dog
swimming in a straight line. It is for this reason Julie advocates the
use of a FULL SIZE RECTANGULAR IN-GOUND POOL, WITHOUT the use of JETS,
which mask the movement of limbs and restrict the dogs self perpetuated
motion through the water.
It is by these rules along with a true love of dogs and an empathy with
their owners that we can best aid mans' best friend on it's return to
As the pool, which is heated, chlorinated and filtered 24/7measures 20
feet X 15 feet, several dogs bring their canine friends with them. Some
even have 'Doggy Pool Parties', for such occasions as birthdays.
All appointments are conducted by our fully trained Canine Hydrotherapists,
whose priority is the well being of your dog.
For hygiene reasons we ask clients to bring their own 'doggy towel'. If
further drying is required, for a nominal fee, clients may use the drying
room complete with warm air dryer.
Hydrotherapy and its Applications
Hydrotherapy is the use of low impact exercise, in warm water. It is an
aid to healing, it reduces swelling and pain and promotes and improvement
in circulation, mobility and general well being. It has long been established
as an invaluable tool in the recovery and rehabilitation of human patients
and now our canine friends are reaping the same therapeutic benefits.
HIP AND ELBOW DYSPLASIA often associated with:
ARTHIRITIS, muscle tone and range of movement improved.
PRE-OP, Aimed to condition muscle prior to surgery.
POST-OP, Applies to post-op procedures as:
SUB-LUXATION OF PATELLA
TRIPLE PELVIC OSTEOTOMY
TIBIAL PLATEAU LEVELING OSTEOTOMY
C.D.R.M Aids in maintaining muscle mass and mobility.
SPINAL, Aids spondylosis, improve mobility in post-op disc decompression