Swimming club for dogs launches in Richmondshire

A swimming club for dogs has launched in Richmondshire.

The club is run by Jean Wilson who launched her Petpals business offering services including boarding and dog walking in 2010.

She said: “Since launching Petpals Richmond 13 years ago, I’m proud to have gained a 5-star reputation for the services I offer.

“One day, it struck me – if 5-star hotels provide courtesy swimming pools as part of their packages, then why shouldn’t I?”

The club is designed for dogs to have fun and enjoy the water in a safe, controlled environment.

Jean added: “Whether a dog loves diving off docks or just enjoys a swim, our pool is perfect.

“It’s a fun way to exercise and teach puppies to swim and, on hot days, it’s a cool way to play fetch.

“Some dogs aren’t natural swimmers, but our controlled environment helps them gain confidence. This way, owners can have peace of mind knowing that if their dog finds themselves in the water someday, they’ll handle it with ease.

“Since starting the doggie swimming club, I have seen huge improvements in the fitness and water confidence of our clients’ dogs.

“The pool has been great for dogs who may be overweight – one minute swimming is equivalent to around four minutes of running! – and we’ve even had dogs who were tentative swimmers become pool pros.

“The dogs just love it. Seeing their joy and excitement during our sessions is the ultimate reward.”

For more information, visit: https://www.petpals.com/area/richmond/