Many of us at Gohlke Pools are dog lovers, therefore the topic of swimming pools and dogs is something that we are familiar with. Most in the swimming pool industry do not recommended that dogs be allowed in pools (due to additional chemical requirements/dog hair in the filter/etc.), but we feel that if you have a dog that enjoys being in the water and it’s okay with you, we say “go for it!”
Note: If you do have a swimming dog, please let your Pool Cleaner know so that we can take that into consideration when testing and adjusting the water chemistry.
With that being said, there are two areas that we feel are worth discussing—safety & exercise.
Several times per year we hear of dogs drowning in swimming pools. We believe that we often overlook pool safety for our pets. Following are some pool safety tips for your dogs:
- Watch your dogs as you would your children when they are in the pool area. This might sound ridiculous, but not all dogs are able to take care of themselves when they are in the pool. If your dog does not take to water, you might want to consider installing a safety fence around the pool.
- Have a water dish for your dog. Some people allow their dog to drink out of the pool. The water should not harm the dog, but if the dog falls in to the pool while trying to get a drink, the dog may become startled and be unable to recover.
- Teach your dog how to get out of the pool. Most dog drownings in pools occur because the dog does not know how to get out of the pool and simply swims around looking for an exit and wears itself out.
Although dog drownings do occur, an area that is often overlooked when it comes to pools and pets are the chemicals used in the pool. Be sure to keep the lids tight on all chemical containers and clean up any chemical spills to prevent accidents with the family pet.
Swimming has always been widely known to be great exercise for humans, and it would only make sense that it is the same for dogs. Michael Baugh, certified professional dog trainer and owner of Michael’s Dog Training in Houston, confirms this by saying that swimming provides good low impact exercise for dogs and is recommended by veterinarians for dogs with arthritis.
Although not all dogs like water, for those that do, pools can provide a great outlet for fun and exercise for not only the family pet, but for their owners as well.