Summer opens with a 32ft dog swimming pool. Owners are welcome to dive in as well.


Canine Dip and Dive recently opened its new 32ft swimming pool, Maldon, Essex. One visitor noticed dogs jumping, playing, and diving in the pool.

New swimming pools for dogs have just been opened in Essex, and excited pups are making use of them.

Andy and Jo Brownlie started Canine Dip and Dive in 2017. They now have their fourth location in Maldon, which means that more pets can enjoy the summer fun.

You can take your dog swimming, teach them to swim or join a puppy party. Owners can also get involved.

The new site was launched last Friday, and bookings will be accepted until late autumn. Essex Live.

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Hope Woolston, a life writer, was there to see the opening before it officially opened.

She said: “The first thing I noticed when I arrived was how secure the pool is. The pool itself is 32ft long but is then surrounded by artificial grass and a tall wire fence.

“I think this is great because it eliminates escapees. The dogs can run and play in the pool, which is great for their health.

“I arrived during a solo session with a dog named Barley who is more than used to the water. Barley was actually a very special dog to watch as her jumping skills are incredible.

“Barley didn’t require the ramp. Barley could jump so far off the regular platform that she was able to clear the pool with the ramp.

“Barley spent ages in and out of the water, leaping in after a tennis ball. No stranger to water, Barley – who is a working dog – was amazing to watch and is a real pro at dock diving.”

Hope states that the diving board is great to use for jumping in the 32ft pool. But Canine Dip & Dive is more about swimming.

She continued: “During every session, there will be at least one member of staff in the pool with the dogs to help them in and out and keep an eye on them.

“It was something I found amazing that dogs are encouraged and allowed to go in with their owners. This can help them become more comfortable getting in.

“As well as solo sessions like Barley’s, Canine Dip and Dive also host regular pool parties. These parties are for up to five dogs and are great for socialising.

“All breeds are welcome. We often have a lot of different dogs, from tiny chihuahuas all the way to large St Bernard’s.

“The pool parties are great for building your dog’s confidence with both water and other dogs.”

Hope was able to see a group exuberant rescue dogs try the pool, and she said that they were quite excited. “had the best time in the water”.

She recommends that guests bring a towel. “did end up soaked”It was, however, a worthwhile experience.

She completed: “I really enjoyed going along to Canine Dip and Dive to see what they are all about. As a dog lover myself, the best part about it was seeing the dogs all having such a good time.”

Prices start at £15 per dog for half-hour group classes and solo classes cost £35 per session.

All dogs must be fully vaccinated, or titre-tested. Dogs must also not eat more than 2 hours before swimming.

Canine Dip and Dive does not offer hydrotherapy. Dogs with injuries or other health issues must be allowed to swim by a veterinarian.

The latest location for a doggy swimming pool can be found at Gardeners farm in Goldhanger, CM9-8BQ.

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