We all know that a pool is a great place for some old fashion family fun. Does that “ family fun” include the whole family or just the ones with 2 legs? When you have a dog as a part of the family, you want to include them in everything you possibly can. Not only do they make practically any situation better, they are great for taking Instagram photos with. #dogdays. The question that you have to answer first, however, before your canine friend can join you poolside is if they can swim safely in the pool. This doesn’t just mean if they can swim, but also if they can handle the chemicals in the pool as well.
If there was ever a downside to owning a pool. It would be chlorine. Chlorine is the eye burning, hair damaging, odd smelling cleaner we all need to keep our pools safe to swim in. While it isn’t fun to get in our eyes or accidentally get a big mouth full of, it is even worst for dogs. Dogs have more sensitive eyes and stomachs than we do. So as we will talk about in a bit, you have to consider this when it comes to letting a dog in the pool. Keep on reading for a few more things to consider and steps to take before letting your favorite furry companion join you.
Chlorine: We already started talking about this, so let’s keep that going. Chlorine is used to keep your pool clear and beautiful. While its safe to swim in, you don’t want to take too much in, and since dogs love to drink water it’s important to make sure they don’t treat the pool as a giant water bowl. It could make them sick and suddenly the fun pool day is turned into a day of nursing your sick dog back to health. The good news is that while chlorine can make your dog sick, it should not be fatal to them. To counteract this, train them not to drink from the pool, and make sure there is plenty of fresh water near the pool for them. They are more likely to go for the freshwater, more so if it is in a doggie bowl since they are more familiar with it.
Swimming: Unless you have a kiddie pool, your dog isn’t going to be able to stand up in the pool. You are going to have to teach them to swim. This can be done in a smaller kiddie pool or even a bathtub. Of course, you can go straight to the pool to teach them to swim too as long as you stay with them. Some dogs naturally love the water and might not need much training at all. Typically the larger, more athletic dogs are the ones that will love being in the water.
Getting Out Of The Pool: Unless you have a sloped entrance to the pool, it is important to train your pet how to get out of the pool. They might not be able to find the stairs and will need help learning to conquer the metal ladder. It is good to teach them this because not only does it make things easier when you are around, but if they fall in without you around they will know how to get out.
Above Ground Vs. Inground: When it comes to dogs, we recommend an inground pool for them. With an above ground pool, you tend to have materials that can tear, damaging the pool when the dog gets too close to the edge. It also gives fewer options for the dog to get out of the pool, whereas an inground pool has a platform on all sides for the dog to escape from if necessary.
All in all, letting the dog join you in the pool is a great idea. It is great for bonding with your four-legged family member, it is healthy for them, and you will be social media famous with the photos you post of them. It is also good because dogs are much more open to the pool than cats are. You can try bringing a cat into the pool but we are not responsible for the scratched up arm you might end up with. If you are already letting your dog swim in your custom designed pool from Artesian Pools, feel free to hop over onto our Facebook and show us.