About Us

Welcome to Doggy Paddle! 

Swimming can be a wonderful way to have fun with your fur baby while improving their fitness levels. It's a safe way to have water fun with your dogs and family. It allows you to ensure your doggy friend will be safe in water knowing they've learnt to swim in a controlled environment. Our pool is indoors, meaning its not affected by outside conditions and weather, so can run all year round. The other awesome opportunity it gives, is allowing you to swim and play with your dog while improving their confidence around the water. Offering one to ones, private hire, plus a host of other exciting things as we grow. 

 

Take a look around the site and check out our FAQs if you have any queries. 

Meet the Team
Laura Cohen-Smith
Laura Cohen-Smith

Laura is the owner and genius mind behind DoggyPaddle. After looking for somewhere for her dog to swim following a diagnosis of elbow dysplasia she started researching facilities in the area for fun swims rather then hydrotherapy and found them to be limited and too far away. Being the pragmatic person she decided the answer was to open her own business, and here we are :)

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Stuart Smith
Stuart Smith

Married to Laura, in his spare time when not working at DoggyPaddle, he works full time as a nurse. He's owned dogs for all of his adult life and, honestly, he prefers them to people. He's very interested in the psychology of dogs and their behaviours as well as being passionate about their well being and health. He truly believes swimming is the best form of physical exercise that they can undertake for all the same reasons as it's good for us humans!

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Holly Williams
Holly Williams

Holly has a passion for animals, their welfare and their behaviour. She has a degree in Zoology and she's worked in the area of animal welfare and behaviour since the day she graduated. She loves seeing dogs grow in confidence after she's worked with them, either by just having fun or by helping them achieve a specific goal. She has her own canine crew of 3 (plus 3 cats, but don't tell your dog that lol) and she feels her life wouldn't be the same without them, a feeling we all relate to!

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Lucy Smith
Lucy Smith

Lucy has always had a love and passion for dogs (and recently cats but we don't talk about them here haha). She loves to watch a dog having fun and enjoying their time in the water if they're avid swimmers, or seeing them grow in confidence as they progress over their sessions if they're new or nervous swimmers. As she still lives at home and she can't have a dog there, she's living her doggo dream at DoggyPaddle

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Your Dog’s first swimming session

Doggy Paddle offers a professional friendly service in a relaxed atmosphere.

We want to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible with what to expect when you first arrive for your dog’s session. Our aim is to make your experience with us as relaxed and stress free as possible for both you and your dog.

 

Buoyancy aids are available for all new, nervous and older dogs, please advise us if your dog is an experienced and strong swimmer and you don't want them to use one. We will usually accompany your dog in the pool and will likely handle them initially until we decide between us that it's time for you to take over, or for them - and you, to have fun by yourselves, with us just being there in case you need us.

Sessions last no less than 30 minutes with your dog being in the pool, and hopefully swimming, for 20 minutes. The rest of the time is allocated for pre-swim preparation and post swim showering and drying for your dog, and changing in to dry clothing for you if you've been in the pool.

Before the swim

Please do not feed your dog within 2 hours before attending to reduce the chances of fouling the pool, and 2 hours after your session to reduce the chances of Bloat.

Before coming for your dogs session, please ensure you allow your dog time to go to the toilet.

 

​Although accidents in the pool are very infrequent, they do occur from time to time. Should your dog have an accident in our pool we have to charge £50 as we usually have to close the pool for 8 hours afterwards to ensure the pool is cleaned sufficiently.

Swimming with your Dog

We allow and encourage you to come in and swim with your dog.

We have a changing area that you are welcome to use and you may swim in whatever clothing you feel comfortable in. After your swimming session you will be directed to the shower and drying area where you can get dry and dry your dog’s off. Owners are responsible for drying their own dog so please bring towels for yourself and your dog. We do have spare towels available just in case you forget to bring one and we have a blaster for customers to use if their dog is acclimatised to being dried in that way. 

 

NB Our staff will not use the blaster on customers dogs, if customers wish their dog air dried they are responsible for doing this themselves and should use the available ear protection for their dog.

All sessions run consecutively so we have to make sure that we start and finish the session promptly at the pre-booked time.

Unfortunately, late arrivals will lose part of their appointment if the following appointment is booked.

Owners are invited to get involved in the session and should be prepared to get WET!! 

Facilities

Doggy Paddle operates a 16ft x 8ft exercise pool which is 4ft deep. Our pool daily sanitisation is managed with Bromine rather than Chlorine as it's kinder to the dogs skin and eyes, then filtered to maintain the highest standards of hygiene and finally further treated with Ultraviolet light to manage microbial bacteria. The water is tested regularly in the day to ensure the chemical balances are maintained at the correct levels.  All test results are recorded.

The water is heated to an optimal temperature to increase blood flow and lymph return, and decrease pain and swelling in dogs with joint problems. The building temperature is a little cooler than that of the pool to prevent overheating after exercise so please dress appropriately in the colder months if you're not swimming.

 

Children aged 16 years and over are welcome to swim with the dogs, all children remain the responsibility of their parent(s) at all times.

Life jacket/buoyancy aids will be available for your dog to use prior to entering the pool area at the discretion of the owner.

Dogs will enter and exit the pool via an external/internal ramp or be lifted over the side if suitable.

Like the floor around ALL swimming pools you can expect our floor to be slippery when wet so please be careful while walking about if the floor has water on it. Please wear appropriate footwear while in the building.

Benefits

There are many benefits to taking your dog swimming.  Whether you are looking to build your dogs overall fitness levels, allow gentle exercise with joint problems or simply enjoy some quality time with your canine companion, we provide the ideal space to enjoy a swim with your dog at Doggy Paddle.

 

Swimming is an ideal form of exercise for many dogs of all sizes because it is low impact on bones and joints. We have found that our clients have seen the following benefits:

  •  Learn to swim

  • Weight Loss

  • Low or No Impact Exercise

  • Muscle Conditioning

  • Mental and physical stimulation

  • Correction of behavioural problems due to boredom / excess energy

  • Relief from stiffness / arthritis / joint problems

  • General well being

  • Increased Stamina

  • Fun and Fitness

  • Confidence

  • Bond with your Dog 

 

Remember, a 5 minute swim at Doggy Paddle is the equivalent metabolic exercise to a 20 minute run!