We have heard about the health benefits of drinking water. For example, water lubricates our joints and assists in delivering oxygen throughout the body. It also helps to regulate body temperature and flush body waste.* 

These benefits are true for our canine family members as well. But the benefits of water for dogs go beyond just drinking. Did you know there is another way your canine can benefit from water? (I didn’t!) It is referred to as Canine Hydro-fitness


What is Canine Hydro-fitness?

It is a non-weight-bearing exercise program that takes advantage of the therapeutic properties of warm water. We are fortunate to have a hydro-fitness practitioner here in the Cincinnati area. Sandy Hodges of K9 Waves is a certified Canine Hydro-therapist. She has been providing hydrotherapy services for dogs since 2008. Her experience and commitment to this field are apparent in the way she cares for her canine patients. 


So, why Hydro-fitness for your dog?

It has proven therapeutic for dogs that suffer from:

  • Arthritic Conditions
  • Joint Injuries 
  • Lameness 
  • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia 
  • Spinal Injuries 
  • Mobility Problems 
  • Pre- and Post-Surgical Conditioning

Some of the benefits include: 

  • Loosening Muscle Tightness 
  • Increasing Muscle Strength and Tone
  • Decreasing Swelling 
  • Increasing Circulation
  • Increasing Flexibility 
  • Improving Range of Motion

For a complete list of benefits, go to http://www.k9waves.abmp.com/benefits-of-hydro-fitness-and-massage


So, where can you find Sandy and K9 Waves?

Sandy’s office is located at 7637 Production Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45237. Give her a call at 

(513) 314-0685. She will be happy to hear your concerns and answer your questions. 

Please note: Canine patients must be referred by a veterinarian.


*Info source:   https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/290814.php and


For More Information


K9 Waves website



K9 Waves on Facebook





Canines for Christ of Greater Cincinnati provides Canine Good Citizenship and therapy dog training for dogs. Hundreds of dogs and owners have completed the training programs and are now serving in schools, libraries, churches, and nursing and assisted living facilities, bringing comfort, support, and fun to young and old alike.

I support Canines for Christ as a volunteer and trainer, and as a pet photographer, I am offering a special photo opportunity for Canines members.


Pet Portrait Special Offer

Canines for Christ



One (1) – 8×10 portrait of your dog in a portable studio setting.

This is a professional photo on a black background with the finished image mounted on black styrene.

Price includes one digital file of the same image for sharing on social media.

Sat., July 6th
Ascension & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Wyoming 

334 Burns Ave, Wyoming, OH 45215

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., during the regular Canines for Christ class time.

Limited Space. 15 min. time slots by appointment only.

Call or text 513.560.3954
– or – email bcp@barbcarmenphotography.com to schedule your photo session now.



True or False? Your dog has a special identifier that is the equivalent of a fingerprint for humans.


According to the American Kennel Club, the answer to the question is TRUEEvery dog’s nose print is unique. No two dogs have the same.  Every bump and ridge is their own.


This is a true statement for another family pet — your cat!