At The Fit Canine, we believe that dogs have a much better chance of a longer, healthier life with good nutrition, good exercise and regular veterinarian care. Our program has helped hundreds of dogs of all ages enjoy a better quality of life.
The Fit Canine can help build strength and endurance for your canine companion. Swimming is a non-weight bearing form of exercise that can benefit dogs as young as 12 weeks and as old as 17 years. Aquatic exercise will improve your dog’s attitude, happiness, movement and engagement!
Our indoor water training is a great option for keeping your dog in shape and get him/her the exercise needed during inclement weather.
When would your dog benefit from our canine swimming program?
Before or after orthopedic surgery
To maintain or build muscle mass
Elderly and arthritic dogs benefit from the low impact exercise because it allows them to move around comfortably while minimizing discomfort
A properly designed swimming exercise regiment helps dogs “stretch” into their frames and can dramatically improve range of motion
Testimonials from our Happy Customers
I first met Suzanne and The Fit K-9 about 4 years ago when my young Border Collie “Meg” was recovering from CCL surgery after an accident. I had picked an Omaha vet that specialized in orthopedics for the surgery and knew I was in for a lot of rehab afterwards. I asked him about swim therapy and he enthusiastically recommended Suzanne and The Fit K-9 in Lincoln.
My wife and I made the 90 minute drive to Lincoln every week for several months for Meg’s swimming lessons and with my Vet’s approval did the daily leash exercises that Suzanne assigned to us. We started simple and easy and got progressively more difficult. These morning and evening exercises combined with the regular swims at The Fit K-9 got Meg back on her feet with a clean bill of health in 5 months instead of the 6 months my Vet had originally thought. I couldn’t believe that Meg was fit enough to go back to herding and competition on a national level in just 5 months!
Thank you Suzanne and The Fit K-9!
I called Fit Canine because our small terrier was recovering from a debilitating injury he received while playing with his siblings in our back yard. Our Vet recommended we wait a couple of weeks and If possible find a “Canine Hydrotherapy Practitioner” to swim our pet. Suzanne (owner of Fit Canine) took time to explain what it would do, why it was important in getting our dog moving correctly again, and how it needed to be done to benefit rather than hinder the healing process. Suzanne answered all our questions, was great with our dog, and suggested exercises we could do at home that could assist in he recovery. Finding Fit Canine and meeting Suzanne was a blessing for us and our dog. We highly recommend Suzanne. She is always caring, willing to share her knowledge/wisdom, performs professionally at all times, and had the drive to get the job done. Today our pet has perfect movement, and is back doing the things he loves the most….running, playing and being ornery again.
Sunday was Willoughby Woodruff's first aqua therapy session. Thank you, Suzanne Border, at Fit Canine. Willough did a great job...another step toward full recovery from surgery for her torn ACL.
Our family has been so impressed with the services and professional atmosphere of The Fit Canine. We have come to know the owner Suzanne Border quite well and she has earned our trust. Over the years, we have had three of our dogs swim with Suzanne, (Lab, Standard Poodle and Borador). Suzanne consistently exhibits a positive and supportive manner. It is obvious that she has a true respect for animals. We chose to swim our dogs for various reasons, (becoming comfortable in the water, easy on the joints exercise for an older dog with osteoarthritis/bad hips, providing a higher level of exercise for a very active puppy, etc.). In my opinion, the swimming exercise has been great for all of our dogs and I feel it has enhanced the quality of their lives, (and ours!). When our lab Roxy knew it was her time to go swim, she would run to our truck with an excited and happy bark. Our neighbor across the street would say, “Oh, does she get to go swimming?” It was her very favorite place to go and thing to do. I would highly recommend the services and personalized care provided by The Fit Canine.
My Black Lab Cher was 12 when I found Suzanne. She had acquired Spondylosis in her back and arthritis. A friend told be about the swimming to help keep in shape and since long walks were getting harder this was a perfect fit. She LOVED it and all I can say is Suzanne’s therapy swimming gave Cher another 2 years we honestly didn’t think she’d have. I lost Cher last October at 14 years old. I would SO recommend this swimming for all those hunting dogs, or any dog. Thanks Suzanne!