One of the members of Beanie’s agility club told us about a new pet therapy pool that was opening up in East Kilbride. She showed us some snaps of her dog enjoying a swim and it was clear that the pool was much bigger than Beanie was used to. We decided to go and check it out. I telephoned the owners last week, and I also mentioned that we might be interested in using their premises for Glasgow Dog Training Club pool parties. The owner invited Beanie and Val’s (the club’s head trainer) dogs along for a complementary swim and a tour of the premises.
The pool isn’t officially opened as the new facilities aren’t yet complete. The pool itself is fully functional but there’s still quite a bit of decoration to be done to the pool room. It’s a lovely big pool in a huge room – if you don’t mind putting up with undecorated walls then there’s no reason not to start using the premises now (though I believe there’s going to be a big open day when all the work is complete).
The really appealing thing is that the owner is very flexible, and is happy for you to go in the pool with your dog if you have your own wet suit (and you can pick up cheap wetsuits for £25). There are showers so you don’t have to go home soaking wet, and there’s even a hair drier for your dog. He’s also happy for you to have more than one dog in the pool so dog owners can get together and share the cost of the pool rental. This makes it much more affordable for regular swims. The only stipulation is that you must have one handler in the pool for every dog. However, it would be quite practical for three or four dogs to share a swimming slot and pop into the pool one at a time while the others are resting between laps. And of course, if you don’t want to go in the pool yourself, Jennifer is on hand to make sure your dog gets a good workout.
The owner is particularly keen to have the pool used by clubs, and will offer them special rates. So for example, it would be great for any kind of canine athlete as swimming is known to improve performance and prevent injury. It’s also great just as a fun way to spend time with your dog. I’m not sure, but I expect if a group of people got together for regular swim sessions with their dogs they would be given these special club rates. So I’m hoping that lots of Beanie’s pals will be interested in teaming up for regular pool parties. And at the very least we can take both Biggles and Beanie swimming for the price of one when Biggles is old enough.
The pool is at Allers Farm Kennels, and their website is http://www.allersfarmkennels.co.uk
I think the website is undergoing some maintenance right now as it was offline when I tried, so if you need the phone number or contact details drop us a line. And if you want to team up with Beanie for group swims let us know!
Beanie and two of Vals dogs enjoyed a lovely swim under the care of the pool’s therapist, Jennifer…
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