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Published August 1st 2012
Swimming lessons for your dogs
As those of you who have read my last review will know, myself and Enzo the pug love our mini adventures. Last weekend my little man and I visited the doggy beauty salon, The Pet Emporium and this week we decided to mix it up a little bit more and went swimming.
Yes, you heard right, swimming lessons for dogs. Cue - Soggy Doggy.
Soggy Doggy specialises in canine hydrotherapy and believe me, it's not as crazy as it sounds. Water therapy is widely acknowledged to help dogs with many health problems such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, back and spine problems, post op ligament rehab and overweight issues. Not only this, but it is psychologically useful for helping dogs get over a fear of water, a great way to get your puppy used to the water – and lots of fun.
I was a little nervous as this was Enzo's first proper go at swimming, and at only a year and half old I wanted to be comforted that he would be safe in any depth of water. To start with the poor baby was visibly unimpressed by what was going on...
I needn't have worried - buoyancy aid on and he was off. A little panicky at first (understandably) but he paddled away with the instructor by his side and within minutes he was changing direction and swimming towards the toys all by himself. I was a very proud mother.
Sessions last half an hour in the water, with breaks for the dogs to catch their breath before they go again. The total cost is £25 and includes a shower and pat dry afterwards plus a goody bag to take away, with treats and information.
I'll definitely be taking him again and in the meantime with this lovely weather we've been having the paddling pool is out in the garden for him to splash around in. Scared to swim? Not my soggy doggy.