Convenient to Richmond, Goochland, and Chesterfield, we are at 8931 Patterson Avenue (State Road 6), in the West End of Richmond, Virginia, at the corner of Patterson Avenue and Starling Drive, and three blocks from the Regency Square Shopping Center. We are 4 miles from Route 288 and Patterson and 3 Miles from Parham/Wiley Bridge.
Alpha Dog Club is Richmond’s Dog Swim Center. Our climate controlled 3500 square foot building including our swimming pool. We have Richmond’s only saline dog pool. That means we use less chlorine than other dog/swimming pools. The salt in the pool is less than in the human tear drop and much lower than in the ocean. This is better for the dog’s skin, eyes, and coat. We maintain the pool temperature at 84 degrees, warm enough for comfort yet cool enough for recreational dog swimming.
Our shallow end of the pool (16 x 18 feet, 288 square feet) is used primarily for initial evaluations and assisted sessions.
The deep end of the pool (18 x 28 feet, 504 square feet) is for graduates of assisted swims, and is primarily for those interested in serious conditioning or fun games of fetch. It is deeper (11 feet) and is safer for dogs to want to dive into the pool playing fetch.
We provide float coats in different sizes and pick the right one for your dog. Canine life jackets are for your dog’s safety and helps shy dogs with confidence-building and keeps older dogs from having to exert less energy. The float coats are required for all dogs, regardless of their swimming ability.
Dog parents can use the bridge (it will hold five adults) for training, throwing toys, or taking really great photographs.
We provide a shower station to rinse off your dog’s coat from the salt water. Towels and air dryers are provided for you, free of charge, for drying off your dog. You do NOT need to bring towels. The towels are washed and dried onsite, with allergy free detergent.
We have a designated Restrooms and an area, at the rear of our property, for your dog. Please allow your dog to use the designated area before your swim!
You can bring your dog’s pool safe toys or ear rinse. Alpha Dog Club does not sell products of any kind.
In addition to swims, we offer Red Cross Pet First Aid classes so you can keep your pets safe!