MYLA the Rottweiler enjoyed a doggy paddle as she helped open a new £18,000 pet pool.
The dog had a real wet nose day after becoming the first animal to dive into the new facility.
With the weather warming up, it was the perfect opportunity for the canine to cool off at the new hydrotherapy pool at mypetstop in Washington.
The multi-purpose pool at the boarding and care centre in Follingsby Lane is one of the few available in the North East where owners can take their pets to exercise.
Mark Brown, centre manager at mypetstop, explains: “Swimming is a superb, low-impact exercise for dogs, just like it is for us.
“Not only does it increase a dog’s flexibility, it also helps build their strength and can help them lose weight.
“Hydrotherapy is also proven to help dogs recover from illness or injury.
“So if your dog has had a mishap, a few trips to the pool will encourage a quick recovery and get them right as rain in no time.”
As well as dogs, hydrotherapy is also a beneficial treatment for puppies.
Jacqui Molineux, who runs the vet’s surgery inside the centre, said: “Hydrotherapy is a great way to teach puppies how to swim in a safe and secure environment, so they become confident in water from an early age.
“Puppies’ bones and joints are still developing, so swimming is ideal to ensure they aren’t subjected to stresses or strains.”
Mypetstop’s canine hydrotherapy pool will be open Tuesdays from 9am-1pm, Fridays 10am-1pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm.
To book an appointment, call the centre on tel. 537 1344.