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  • Is swimming good for my dog?
    Swimming is one of the best overall exercises for dogs and it works every major muscle group in the body. Not only is it a total body workout, but swimming is a blast for water-loving dogs! The physical and mental benefits of swimming adds to the sense of freedom your dog experiences while playing in the water. As with humans, immersion provides buoyancy and support for joints. The resistance of water requires more strength than moving through air, so can improve/increase muscle density. The warmth of the water can reduce joint pain and promote circulation. The actions of moving in water are different to that on dry land, so can provide a complimentary range of motion to land based activities. But not all dogs are natural swimmers and may not enjoy it. Dogs should never be forced to swim. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions.
  • How long should a dog swim for? / How often ?
    Each dog is very different and how long he can swim will vary. Dogs that are new to swimming can often only swim for 10 minutes at a time. Gentle progressive exercise is considered the best approach. Each visit should increase his stamina. A 30-minute swim session is industry standard for the average strong and confident swimming dog. You can take your dog swimming once each week to start with (if they are not used to it). Once his stamina builds up and conditioning improves, you can increase the swim sessions to three or four times each week. As he becomes a pro swimmer, you can take him swimming every day. However, you should always monitor your dog to ensure they are not over exercising and you should never force your dog to swim.
  • Is swimming better exercise for dogs than walking?
    Many veterinarians suggest that swimming burns up to 4 times the number of calories that walking would achieve in the same amount of time. Because swimming is a low or no impact activity, dogs can exercise longer burning more calories than walking or even fetching a Frisbee, which can cause unnecessary stress on joints and ligaments. Plus - Walking can be a challenge in winter. Cold, icy pavements and roads are dangerous and uncomfortable. Salt laid to prevent ice would be dangerous for your dog if ingested and may cause salt burns to their feet. Walking can also be a challenge in summer. Hot sand, concrete, tarmac etc., can burn their feet. Excessive direct heat from the sun or an increase in body temperature will lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Indoor swimming can be a way to achieve the exercise benefit for your dog whilst avoiding some of the seasonal risks.
  • My dog has an injury/illness/infection, can he swim?
    He should not swim if he has an open wound/recent operation/current infection. Please do not attend the facility if he has an injury unless you have sought advice from a vet and can provide us a safe-to-swim letter. Some injuries/conditions can be improved with swimming, some not. Please consult a specialist. Please see our Terms and Conditions.
  • Are the chemicals used in pools safe for dogs?
    The chemicals chlorine and bromine are safe when used in their correct dilutions. Concentrated chlorine is dangerous to health and our supplies are safely stored. Dosing the water is only done when no visitors or dogs are in the pool, so you won't see us doing it. From a risk management standpoint, a dog is more likely to become ill from taking a swim in a standing pool of water or lake, that may be filled with unknown microorganisms, than they are from swimming in a properly maintained chlorinated pool. Pool water contains very dilute levels of chlorine, and is unlikely to cause chlorine poisoning to humans and animals. However, drinking chlorinated water may cause an upset stomach and much like humans, may cause some eye irritation. It may cause dryness, flakiness and irritation of the skin so dogs should be rinsed after a session. Always consult your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your dog's health. Drinking excessive amounts of water (not necessarily chlorinated) can be contributory to bloat, a condition that can be life threatening and requires immediate vet attention to assess its severity. Eating then exercising immediately after is also a risk factor. Please refer to Terms and Conditions.
  • Can I watch my dog swim? / Can I swim with my dog?
    We encourage all of our dog owners to swim with your dogs, especaily if they are new to swimming or still finding their confidence. Some dogs need the reassurance of their owner nearby but we understand not all people like to swim, so a member of staff will swim with your dog if you don't want to. However you are required to maintain responsibilty for your dog at all times.
  • Are you insured?
    Yes certainly
  • What do I wear? / What do I bring?
    Swimming wear - a wetsuit is the best option if you have one. But leggings or swim shorts and a long sleeved top to protect you from scratches is advisable. Towels Poo bags Favourite Toy ...Your dog!
  • My dog doesn't like other dogs, can you accommodate him?
    We operate a one way system and have a waiting area that is separated from the pool room. We have a separate entrance and exit so dogs don't have to meet each other. You will be given appointment times when you book.
  • What preparations should I make for my dog? What facilities do you have?
    Before you arrive, brush your dog to remove any loose hair and make sure he is not muddy. We recommend you also trim his nails as a boisterous animal may injure you and your clothes. Toilet your dog before his session. Before getting in the pool you must shower your dog.
  • Is the water cold?
    Our pool and the swimming room is a constant moderate temperature. Great if it's cold outside or too hot in summer for exercise.
  • My dog is an excellent swimmer. Does he need to wear a dog life jacket?
    For health and safety all dogs must wear floatation jackets. We can provide a dog life jacket or you can also purchase one for your dog from our shop when you visit. Some example images below.
  • Do you dry my dog?
    After the session shower your dog again to remove pool chemicals from his fur and skin. It is recommended to dry the ears carefully and well to guard against ear infections. Towels are rented at £1 per visit which is donated to the charity our members have nominated. You can also order and purchase a customised towel for your dog in our shop. P.S. There are also changing facilities for humans!
  • How do you clean the water?
    The pool is filtered and treated. It is tested at least twice a week to ensure correct amount of chlorine/bromine is present and that pH levels are within scale. To reduce 'accidents', toilet your dog before his swim and immediately after. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions regarding pool fouling.
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