Soozoo Canine Hydrotherapy Pool Location - Stockport, Cheshire.




Opening Times

Monday to Sundays - 10:00 to 12:00am & 2:00 to 7:00pm

Closed Wednesdays , Easter Sunday , Christmas day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

This facility is situated in Stockport, Cheshire we offer other dog lovers the opportunity to swim their dogs wether it is for rehabilitation, fitness or just for fun in a safe and clean environment.

The above ground canine hydrotherapy pool has been designed especially to ensure that dogs can swim for fitness or as they recover from illness / an operation whilst having fun at the same time.

The water quality which is kept at 28 to 32 deg C is maintained by the latest filtration system which includes highly effective UV system and glass filtration system to maintain water quality. The pool water is regularly checked throughout the day to ensure the water quality is in optimum condition for your dogs as part of the water management procedure.

I have completed hydrotherapy training at the Hawksmoor training centre and I am qualified to Grade 3 Level certification in hydrotherapy for small animals. We are a family business and therefore do not employ staff to swim your dogs , you get the un-devoted attention of an extensively qualified hydrotherapist (thats me Simon) at all times , whether its a therapy or a fun swim you have my expertise during your dogs swim.

I am proud to announce that I achieved student of the year at Hawksmoor Hydrotherapy Training Centre 2011 and if you click on the certificate below it will open all my current qualifications.



Our dogs above Quella, Lynka and the little lad Basil below.                                                                      

How it works

You book an hour swimming session exclusively for your dog, ( a 10 minute swim is the equivalent to a 10 mile walk ) Your session will  also include a shower and shampoo at the end of your dogs swim , so no damp dog smells when you get home. You will then be shown to the drying room where there is a machine that blasts all the water from your dogs coat. So you will go home with a tired, happy, beautifully clean and dry pooch!!!!


We advise you not to feed your dog for three hour before and one hour after your swimming session.

We also ask that you try to make sure your dog has been to the toilet before you arrive for a swim.

Be prepared to get wet!!

It is also important to remember that your dog is to be kept warm after the swim to achieve the full benefits hydrotherapy process.

Press above arrow to watch a short video of my two rottweiler’s Quella and Lynka

Please note that ALL customer’s dog attending my hydrotherapy centre will be fitted with a

harness or life Jacket - Sorry I do not allow Pool Partys !!!

Benefits from Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy can be used in the treatment of arthritis, orthopaedic conditions, muscle, ligament and many other types of soft tissue injury. It can also help with general convalescence.

Extensive work in human physiotherapy has demonstrated that a suitably monitored course of hydrotherapy acts by encouraging a full range of joint motion in reduced weight conditions, thus improving muscle tone and promoting tissue repair without imposing undue stress on damaged tissues.

Swimming helps to improve general fitness and cardiovascular stamina, improves muscle tone and is helpful in recovering from injury or surgery and improves fitness, especially in the management of obesity. Muscle wastage begins within 3 days of any immobilisation so to prevent further weakness or injury it is important to rebuild, through safe exercise, any muscles that have deteriorated. It is better to swim dogs in heated water since cold water causes constriction of the blood vessels near the skin and to the superficial muscles (those just under the skin) which restricts the flow of blood making the muscles less efficient.

This is the lovely Gem and Stig , brilliant names !!

It is also considered to be a natural anti-inflammatory through its ability to reduce tissue swelling.

Hydrotherapy in conjunction with veterinary treatment can significantly improve the quality and rate of healing following surgery or traumatic injury. After surgery the careful use of hydrotherapy can help with rehabilitation and increase the chance of a successful return to full fitness. Enhancing general health and fitness can aid convalescence and speed up recovery.



This is one of the dogs which we fostered for the RSPCA

and came to us this a fractured front leg. She loved to swim !!!!



Alfie hold the record for the biggist mouth!!

As he can hold 5 toys at the same time.



This is Bandit he was 51kg when he started swimming and went down to 29kg.

As you can see Piper loves swimming


Swimming is an excellent form of exercise because most of the muscles normally used in movement are involved - without the stresses caused by motion on hard ground and is classed as zero impact. On land, each footfall creates a shock wave which travels up the limb and is absorbed by bones, tendons and joints. While these stresses are necessary to maintain healthy strong bone, if severe or repetitive, these shock waves can actually damage or weaken the limb, particularly an arthritic joint or one recovering from an injury or surgery. Swimming allows the "working out" and strengthening of the muscles while avoiding this potentially damaging concussion. Also, because of the increased resistance to movement, the muscles have to work harder than they would do on land.’ for example a 10 minute swim is the equivalent  to a 10 mile walk.

A decreased range of motion can often be due to pain , swelling, or stiffness. The dog will have an increased range of movement when it is in the water due to reduced pain and swelling there bye allowing further movement range.

Warm water increases the circulation of blood to the muscles increasing the supply of oxygen and nutrients and flushing away waste products, leading to muscle relaxation and a reduction in pain and stiffness. Improved circulation reduces swelling around an injured area and enhances healing from injury.

Hydrostatic pressure applied by water can assist in reducing swelling by forcing body fluid away from affected areas. This is assisted by exercising the limb to enhance circulation.

Buoyancy also reduces the load on weight bearing joints, this helps to reduce pain and allows easier movement and exercise. The buoyancy of water helps stiff joints into a further range of movement with minimal additional pain.

Swimming tones most of the major muscle groups and improves the general overall fitness of the dog. Movement in water is more difficult due to the resistance of the water. Water based exercise uses 30% more oxygen than similar land based exercise. By encouraging pain free limb movement against the resistance of water, muscle bulk will improve and muscle wastage will be reversed.

Under water, the chest is under pressure from the force exerted by the water squeezing inwards. This means that every breath requires more effort - the muscles used, particularly in breathing in, have to work harder (try breathing while someone sits on your chest). As any muscle strengthens with exercise, this improves the whole respiratory system.

The heart has to work harder in order to meet the increased demand for nutrients by all the muscles which are being worked. If all this sounds like hard work - it is - that's the idea! For most dogs a short swim is an extremely challenging workout. But the natural buoyancy of the water and the fact that sudden twists, stops and falls are impossible, makes hydrotherapy a safe and effective form of exercise.. It's also very enjoyable for most animals.

Always get veterinary advice

Most dogs will cope quite happily with hydrotherapy as a form of exercise. However it is essential to get advice from your Vet before taking your animal swimming. For the welfare and safety of your dog we will liaise with your Vet prior to commencing therapy.

•Pre and post operative conditioning

•Arthritis – reduced pain and increased mobility

•Hip and elbow dysplasia – especially useful for young dogs who are restricted to lead exercise

•CDRM – chronic degenerative

•Spinal injuries

•Recovering from injuries – including fracture, soft tissue and neurological damage

•Cruciate ligament injuries and post operative recovery

•Muscle strengthening maintenance and restoration

•Relief of pain, swelling and stiffness

•Relaxation of muscle spasms

•Cardiovascular fitness (heart and lungs)

•Obesity (weight loss in conjunction with diet)

•Mental well being

In depth reading canine clinical conditions:-

Cruciate Ligament

Patellar Luxation

Elbow Dysplasia

Elbow dysplasia statistics for each breed

Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia statistics for each breed


Contact Details

Welcome to Soozoo Canine Hydrotherapy Pool

Stockport Cheshire - “Swimming Pool for Dogs”

My name is Simon Walker and I would like to welcome you to Soozoo dog swimming pool situated in Stockport Cheshire only 10 minutes from the M60.

I run this lovely facility with my wife Sue and we have a lifetime of experience with dogs between us. My wife Sue had her first dog at the age of 8, by 10 years old she was attending obedience classes with her little dog and by the age of 11 she was competing in dog obedience shows. At the age of 15 her first summer job was at a poodle parlour. Anyway overall she has over 30 years experience with dogs. Me however I only have 20 years experience with dogs, and wouldn't be without them, they're great companions.

I love my dogs and they love swimming so I have built this beautiful log cabin to house my luxury extra large dog swimming pool which is 6m x 3m x 1.2m deep, plenty of room for the largest of breeds to swim together. Our dogs are in heaven!!