For many years Dr. Kris and Petra trained side by
side in the same obedience classes at Top Dog Obedience School.
Neither realized the other was interested in rehabilitating canines.
It took a mutual friend to plant the seed and get Kris and Petra
talking… The result is Aqua Dog Rehabilitation!
Aqua Dog Rehabilitation is the realization of a dream
Kris has had for over 4 years. Kris has a passion for all animals,
but she carries a special place in her heart for the geriatric population.
She realized how much canine rehabilitation can decrease pain and
increase quality of life for these dogs who have given so much of
themselves. This was the birth of her dream.
Petra first became interested in rehabilitation while
field training her dogs. She realized what amazing athletes our
dogs are and that they should be treated as such. She later realized
that canine rehabilitation can benefit all dogs - not only the canine
Ford, P.T., CCRT (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist)
Petra graduated from UMDNJ School of Health Related Professions
in 1998 with a degree in Physical Therapy and has worked with an extremely varied caseload including
pediatric through geriatric clients with a large variety of diagnosis.
Her areas of expertise include orthopedics
With a strong background in physical fitness and training, Petra
raced bicycles at the professional level and participated in international
events. Currently, she is an avid runner and practices yoga.
Petra has always loved animals and started training dogs in 2002.
She has trained one of her labs for agility, as well as trained
and trialed two of her Labrador retrievers in field work and obedience.
Petra has decided to combine her passions (dogs, fitness and physical
therapy) into one—canine rehabilitation and fitness. Petra attended
the Canine Rehabilitation Institute (www.caninerehabinstitute.com)
and is a fully certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist.
Her black Labrador Retriever, Tyler, has the distinction of being the 2008 and 2009 National Obedience Champion and placing second in the 2010 World Obedience Championship at Crufts. Also in 2010, Tyler was awarded 1st Runner Up at the National Obedience Championship.
In March 2012 Petra and Tyler made history by winning the Crufts World Cup Individual Championship! Petra and Tyler are the first and only American team to achieve this!
A. Conway, D.V.M., CCRT
(Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist)
Kristine graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
in 1989 and has been at Hodes Veterinary Group for 16 years.
Her interest in rehabilitation started while swimming
her own dogs for conditioning. She got to witness first hand the
benefits of aqua therapy on one of her own dogs who had hip dysplasia.
Kristine currently hikes, mountain bikes, runs and
swims with her dogs to keep them in optimum shape for obedience, agility and schutzhund.
Kristine's clients, looking for alternatives to drugs to improve
their pets’ quality of life, lead her to pursue canine rehabilitation.
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A special weekend with Petra Ford PT, CCRT Conditioning For The Canine Athlete! and Puppy Power! April 27 & 28 at Riverside Canine Center in Nashua, NH
The Right Fit for Obedience with Betsy Scappicchio, Linda Brennan and Petra Ford PT, CCRT This workshop is a benefit for HERO DOGS: Service Dogs For America's Heros! Saturday March 30th at Top Dog Obedience School in Flanders, NJ
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Our clinic is conveniently located at:
24C Bartley Road
Flanders, NJ 07836
We're right in front of Top Dog Obedience School.