THE world’s largest indoor dog park will open its doors in Dubai next month to welcome guests of all shapes and sizes looking for an alternative to short walks around communities where they’re becoming less and less welcome.

MySecondHome is the brainchild of a group of dog-loving marketing and sales specialists who’ve spotted a need to bridge the gap between dog boarding kennels and restrictive outdoor community play areas.

Situated in Dubai Investment Park and spread across the equivalent of 18 tennis courts - with two thirds indoors, the luxury dog park, dog daycare and dog boarding resort and spa will also offer 200 luxury rooms and 12 high-end suites together with a gym, fitness area and indoor and outdoor pools. Guests will be able to have their hotel room customised with favourite toys and comfort possessions and families will be able to keep an eye on them via webcam while away. Space-age 24/7 surveillance will also add peace of mind. Every room has a flat-screen tv and orthopaedic bed.

A resident First Aid Officer will be on hand to deal with playtime bumps and bruises, and consulting vets will be minutes away. For health-conscious canine guests and their owners, on-call nutritionists will provide the latest advice on food allergies, diet supplements and challenges such as obesity.

Daycare guests, Dog Park visitors and residents will all be welcome at the Underwoods Grooming Salon which opens in April and where professional groomers and stylists will quickly fix bad hair days.

In the facility’s Daycare and agility centre guests will be allocated one of three areas to make sure they mix only with fellow fun-lovers who share their size, attitude and temperament.

But luxury and pampering-aside, it’s the investment in Training by Reinforcement that really makes the difference. The MySecondHome team of highly experience trainers and behaviour developers are drawn from around the world and bring to Dubai the latest and most effective techniques in attitude and temperament adjustment, socialisation, problem behaviour management, puppy progress and first-owner essentials.

“We love our dogs and we know how much they crave interaction and the freedom to play,” said MySecondHome Marketing Manager Joanne Sowerby. “But we’re also as frustrated as everyone else that there are so many restrictions and so few places to play when they’re not at home with us. Thankfully, there are some excellent facilities in Dubai, but we felt we needed to go a step further and create a world class environment that focuses on providing our best friends’ most essential need - space to have fun, learn and interact safely.”

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