And why inground pools are not ideal for man’s best friend.
While my last blog post highlighted 10 ways to keep dogs and other animals out of your pool, most pool owners that I know encourage their four legged friends to join them for a swim in the hottest of summer months.
First things first. I love animals, and my customers, so I always remind dog owners that there are 3 things to remember before Snoopy takes a dip in your swimming pool. These are for your benefit and for your dog’s. One, dogs can bring a lot more into the pool than their playful frolic—this includes hair, dirty toys, and the most unpopular fecal matter. Two, depending on the breed of your dog, they might not react well to the chlorine in your pool, especially their skin [be sure to share this activity with your veterinarian first, they may recommend using bromine in place of chlorine]. Three, like you would do with a child, you have to find ways to set boundaries so that your dog knows when they are and are not allowed to swim. Dogs can get stuck in pools without the assistance of a human, which is why I always recommend a Super Skamper-Ramp or Regular Skamper-Ramp.
Now don’t get me wrong. I want your dog to be able to cool off in the summer’s sun. But did you know there are pools made specially for dogs? I put together this list of the 5 Best Pools for Your Dog, with the first four being affordable “Dog Pools” that can satisfy both you and your dog’s summer needs.
- Alcott Inflatable Pool. Puncture resistant because of its extra tough PVC, this pool is big enough to meet the needs of most dogs, and it’s mobile enough to take with you to the park or a friend’s house. The Alcott might not be the best fit for dogs who want to paddle, but it’s the most economic fit for dogs who want to simply splash around and stay cool in the summer. Plus, it’s under $30!
- Pet Therapeutics Theracool “Pool”. Okay, this might not be considered a swimming pool per say, but if you’re looking to satisfy the same footprint and portability goals as the Alcott Pool, but with a guarantee that your four legged friend will remain colder for longer, then this is the way to go. The Theracool “Pool” requires no water, and can be moved inside for those hot summer days and nights! This may be the one option where your dog may prefer their pool over your pool. And best of all, a percentage of your purchase is sent to animal welfare, shelter and rescue dog organizations.
The Theracool “Pool” requires no water, and can be moved inside for those hot summer days and nights! This may be the one option where your dog may prefer their pool over your pool.
- Cool Pup Splash About Dog Pool. Similar to the Alcott Inflatable Pool, this is for splish splashing and staying cool. And while it too is made of extra tough PVC, it’s much more user-friendly with its collapsible design so you can literally fold, store and take with you. Best of all, this model has three different sizes to not only fit different breed sizes, but to also fit different budgets, ranging anywhere from $25 – $100.
- Intex Easy Set Pool. Now for the dogs who would rather paddle than splish and splash! This pool may look familiar to you, especially if you have family or friends with young children. It’s one of the most popular inflatable/portable pools in the United States and Canada. Designed for us humans, it too has the most durable PVC lining, making it a suitable “dog pool”. Ranging in price from $80 – $280 based on size, you can set it up swim-ready in just under 30 minutes. And if you’re concerned about the aforementioned 3 Things to Remember, the pool comes with a filter and you can add disinfecting agents to the water.
- On-Ground Swimming Pool. And in the case you don’t want your dog to feel left out, you could always let your dog swim with you. Not all pool types are best suited for a dog. You’ll either have an inground pool, above ground pool, or an on-ground pool. If you ask me, I would only recommend an on-ground or above ground pool. One of the many benefits of on-ground and above ground pools is that you can make it very difficult for a dog to enter the pool unnoticed. If your swimming pool doesn’t have an attached patio, it’s next to impossible, unless you have a staircase attached. Whether you have a patio and/or an attached staircase, you can easily install a Pool Safety Gate without being detrimental to your pool’s aesthetics. Inground pool safety gates are very cumbersome and they can be lept over by most medium-large dog breeds.
On-Ground Pools… Better looking and more customizable than Above Ground Pools. Better looking, faster installation, and cheaper than In-Ground pools… and a favorite of most breeds of dogs!
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