Utah Doggie Daycare Offers State-Of-The-Art Pool for Pups
DogMode is a doggie daycare and boarding facility in Salt Lake, Utah. It’s been open for 20 years, and has serviced the dogs of Salt Lake City for as long. Owner Susan Butler says that the addition of a doggie swimming pool is like no other pool for dogs, and she says that she was just crazy enough to create it!
The pool is officially housed in the Aquatic Fitness Center for dogs, and it is 45 feet long and 20 feet wide. The facility itself is 5,000 square feet and has a lounge area with lockers so pampered pups can keep their things safe while they’re taking a dip.
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Butler says that if you’re going to build a pool for your best friend, you might as well make it top of the line. Speaking of, you’d never know that the facility was just for dogs–it’s treated like it’s fit for royalty, with eight filters cleaned daily and a robotic pool cleaner.
And prices are really reasonable! One or two dogs can swim for half an hour for just $25, or $30 for an hour, and pool manager and dog trainer David Valdez says that the pool is taken care of better than most human pools!
Pricing • Initial swim orientation (reservation required), $25 for 30 minutes for one or two dogs; $5 per each additional dog; open swim, $15 for 30 minutes, $30 for 60 minutes; reserve swim (reservation required), $60 for 30 minutes, $120 for 60 minutes, $5 for each additional dog
Valdez says that they hold an orientation so that he can ensure dogs know how to swim, and then pup parents can drop their dog off for daycare or boarding and of course, now, swim. Pet parents can even go in themselves and play with their dogs, which sounds pretty amazing considering this is a pool that makes many swimmers drool with jealousy.
Butler says that the best part is watching some of the dogs just enjoy the pool with sheer joy, seeing families together with their pets having fun. Valdez says that it’s even better than Disneyland for dogs! And, it’s great exercise for dogs who may not otherwise be able to engage in activities that require more mobility.
During warmer weather, DogMode even has a rec area where after a swim, you can even picnic or barbecue on artificial grass that is regularly cleaned and sanitized.
Butler says that the whole idea came together when her husband Brent and Valdez met when Valdez trained their dogs to compete in dock-diving. Valdez says he loves giving the dogs the opportunity to have such fun, and there is even a ramp/dock that meets the North American Diving Dogs Organization specifications. They hope at one time to host dock-diving competitions.
Butler says that in the day and age of dog daycares being more abundant, this pool takes boarding to an all-time new level.
But best, it’s fun, she says, and it’s pretty clear the dogs think so too!
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