Huge 32ft doggy swimming pool opens for summer – and owners can dive in too

Canine Dip and Dive has just opened its newest 32ft swimming pool in Maldon, Essex, and one visitor spotted dogs diving, jumping, playing and having ‘the best time’

It’s a dream for dogs who love a splash about

A new gigantic swimming pool for dogs has just opened in Essex and excitable pups are already making the most of it.

Canine Dip and Dive was set up by husband and wife, Andy and Jo Brownlie, in 2017, and has now launched its fourth site in Maldon – meaning even more pets can join in the fun this summer.

You can take your dog for a splash around, teach them how to swim or join in with a puppy pool party – plus owners can get involved too.

The latest site opened last Friday and will now be available for bookings until late autumn, reports Essex Live.

It’s 32ft and perfect for all breeds of dogs


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Life writer, Hope Woolston, went along ahead of the official opening to take a look.

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 thought this was great as it means there is no chance of escapees. It also means that the dogs can enjoy running around as well as being in the pool.

“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.

“Whist the pool has a ramp that dogs can use to jump into the water from, Barley didn’t need it. She could jump so far from the regular platform that with the ramp she could clear the pool.

Dogs are loving it already


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“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 says the diving board is great for jumping into the 32ft pool, but Canine Dip and Dive is primarily 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.

“Something I thought was amazing however is that owners are allowed and encouraged to get in too – this can often help the dogs get more confident with 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 socializing.

Pups can jump off the diving board



“All breeds of dog are welcome, and the business often sees a huge variety from tiny chihuahuas to massive St Bernard’s, all are welcome.

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

Hope got to witness a group of excitable rescue dogs trying the pool out, and said they “had the best time in the water.”

She’d recommend visitors take a towel and she “did end up soaked”, but says it was entirely worth it.

She finished: “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.”

Canine Dip and Dive is the place to be this summer


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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, and they mustn’t eat up to two hours before swimming.

It’s important to know that Canine Dip and Dive isn’t a hydrotherapy pool and dogs with injuries or health problems must have permission to swim from a vet.

You can find the latest doggy swimming pool location at Gardeners farm, Goldhanger, CM9 8BQ.

Visit their website for any other information.

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