It seems like there’s just about everything for canines these days, from electrically heated beds to carriers with folding out sides for extra room, there are even pools for dogs. Far from being a gimmick, these useful pools have a number of features that are great for canines.
Why a Dog Pool?
If you’re looking into getting one, you probably already have a use in mind for it. Most of us would just assume they’re for bathing, but they can be an amazing tool for allowing your dog to cool down in hot weather as well.
There are of course less practical applications, including recreation for your animal. A lot of dogs, particularly those that were bred to go after waterfowl while hunting, greatly enjoy the water anyways, so why not make a small investment in their happiness.
Apart from that, breeds that shed and drool a lot will be able to shed in the water and wash off the dried on saliva with little to no difficulty thanks to these handy pools. Every dog can benefit from an occasional bath, and it’s a great thing for you if you let them shed in a pool. It will keep the excess hair in the water, rather than on your floors and furniture if you use it regularly.
You might be asking yourself why you wouldn’t just use a kiddy pool, and the answer isn’t quite obvious. So here’s the rundown: canine pools are made for your dogs. While kiddy pools are generally made of thin and weak plastic materials, you’ll find that any quality dog pool is made of much tougher stuff. It’s generally more similar to the bed of a truck’s material than to the weak, easily cracked plastic contained in a lot of above ground pools.
Before we showcase a few of them, let’s take a look at what qualities you should keep in mind when you’re buying a pool for your beloved friend.
What To Look For
Like any dog product, it seems simple at first glance but you’ll need to be aware of some important factors when you go about selecting one. A low-quality dog pool is likely to set you back more than a lot kiddy pool, and it’s probably not going to last as long as even one of those flimsy pieces. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the factors you’ll need to keep in mind before purchasing one of these handy, recreational devices.
- Capacity– You’ll want to take a close look at how much water the pool can hold. Some of them don’t look very big in the pictures, but might hold quite a bit of water in the end.
- Dimensions– It’d be a terrible thing to purchase a pool that your Great Dane or other large breed can barely dip their head in. This is less of a consideration for smaller dogs, but if they’re not a water friendly breed you don’t want something too deep or they might end up in big trouble.
- Material– There’s no point in spending a whole bunch of money on something that’s little more than a low-quality pool in a funny shape. The best ones will be made of tough, high-quality materials. This is especially an important consideration if your dog is a dedicated chewer, in which case a pricier metal option may be your best bet.
- Aesthetics- Not something your dog will care about, but their owners certainly do love to get cute things for them. They come in a variety of shapes which range from gaudy to appealing, but as long as the rest of the qualities are in order this could be your final determining factor.
As long as you keep these qualities in mind, you’re sure to end up with something that both you and your dog love. Even better, when made from tougher materials, they’re sure to last a dog’s lifetime, which can make the high prices seem like less of a burden on your budget.
Using Your Dog Swimming Pool
You’ll want to take some precautions when using one of these pools, especially with smaller dogs. Many dogs aren’t accustomed to the water, and if they actually have to swim while within the pool it’s best that they do so under their owner’s supervision.
You’ll also want to cover it up or drain it during colder weather, even if your canine companion is large enough they can use it unsupervised. You don’t want them catching a chill after all. It’s probably best to just drain them in winter in most climates, and if you want to save water you can definitely use the water for watering plants or your lawn.
Try to keep the pool fairly clean as well, a build-up of bacteria can cause illness even in warmer times of the year. Inspect the water every few days when you have it up, and if it starts to smell or stuff is growing in the water it’s probably time to change the water out.
For the most part, though, in warmer weather especially, your canine should be just fine. Most of these aren’t big enough for real swimming, just getting in and cooling off. You’ll probably want to be watching anyways, watching your canine cavort in the water is a shockingly entertaining experience.