Let’s Practice that Doggy Paddle
Everyone knows that dogs love the water (well most dogs), so it was only a matter of time before a dedicated doggie swimming pool opened up. The Resort Canino Can Jane in Roca del Valles, Spain is the first ever waterpark designed exclusively for dogs (and their owners can come along too).
Situated around 30 miles outside Barcelona, the resort features a custom-designed artificial beach and shallow pool, plus a water-slide, extra strong inflatable’s, surfboards and paddle boards. Owners are encouraged to enter the water with their pooches and water games are organised throughout the day.
Resort manager Federico Cano said that he believes dogs should be able to cool off with a swim in a safe environment when the weather gets really hot. The dogs also get a chance to socialise in a brand new environment, and they get an aquatic workout that it second to none.
“Take the dog to the resort for an hour and I can guarantee that it will sleep for the next two days,” Cano says.
Even if they are not able to swim for long, just being in the water can have a therapeutic effect on older dogs and dogs suffering from arthritic conditions.
Is it clean?
Don’t worry, the pool is regularly cleaned and kitted out with heavy duty filters to remove any dog hair, mites and other unmentionables from the water immediately, so it is just as safe for humans as it is for animals. The water park is part of a larger complex which offers five star accommodation for dogs, as well as training classes and other activities.
If your pooch seems to be part fish and finds it hard to resist jumping in for a paddle, it is a good idea to invest in dog insurance in case an accident does occur. Dogs are brave and resilient, but they can get hurt or ill too so it’s always best to be prepared.