Dumbarton is set to have another day care centre for dogs.

Doggy Carers is seeking to move from its current location in Moss Road, Cardross, to unit 2A, 40-50 Castlegreen Street.

The owner, Michael Crowe, has applied to West Dunbartonshire Council for a change of use from an indoor football facility to a dog day care centre.

Mr Crowe told the Reporter the Dumbarton premises were bigger than those in Helensburgh and more suited for training, grooming and agility exercises.

A former technical manager at Glasgow City Council’s transport section, and a confirmed dog lover, Mr Crowe told the Reporter he believed there was room in the town for another business with dog care, training and welfare at its core.

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The Reporter told back in November that the town was in line to get its first dog care and training centre, Waggytails Dog Walking, in the Vale of Leven Industrial Estate.

Owner Heather Maclean, who currently runs the dog walking service out of unit 13 on the site, said there was an “absolute need” for a dog care service.

The bid for a second service of its type in the town - in addition to several dog walking services - comes at a time of increasing demand when people worldwide spend millions on their pets.

Mr Crowe, who can walk up to 16 miles a day with his dog walking service, agrees the demand is growing: “A very high proportion of the population are now dog owners and many seek the type of service which we want to offer from Castlegreen Street.

“It is definitely a growing business because most people go out to work and want their pet to be looked after while they’re away at business.

“Puppies particularly need care and attention and we currently have five in our puppy creche.

“Socialising is very important for dogs and that’s where we can help.”

Michael continued that he is planning some fun and games at the proposed new centre with an activity centre, including tunnels, in addition to the other services on offer.

However, he is holding off spending any money to adapt the Castlegreen Street premises until the outcome of the planning application is known.

Michael added: “Being away from their owners is always a difficult time for dogs; however, being with a loving carer in a relaxed environment, and keeping to their normal routines makes the experience much less stressful for them.”

Doggy Carers currently employ four people, two of them self employed who may be taken on as staff if the day care centre gets the go-ahead.