Keep Fido and Fluffy Safe Around the Pool

by Pool Builders on 09-06-2010 in Articles

Swimming pools are great family fun and also offer a great exercise arena for your dog, but you need to watch your pets around the pool just as carefully as you watch your children. Here are the top five tips for keeping your dog safe around your pool.

  1.  Use a pool alarm. Pool supply companies have several types of alarms available. The alarms alert you if the water in your swimming pool is disturbed, ie someone, or something, has fallen or jumped in. You can choose either a floating alarm or one installed directly into the pool.
  2. Fencing around the perimeter of the pool is one of the first steps that should be taken once your pool is installed. Check with your local code enforcement officials as it may be a local law. Fences are available for both above ground and in ground pools.
  3. Have a pool ramp installed. There are several kinds, such as the Skamper-Ramp that allows pets to escape the pool if no one is around to rescue them. Even if you install a ramp, you need to take the time to show your pet where it is.
  4. Purchase a collar alarm for your pet. The alarm attaches to your dog's collar and sounds if the device is submerged in water. You can also use a life jacket for your dog, but its effectiveness, honestly, is only in the wearing and unless your dog wears it all the time when its outside, it may be a bit impractical. Many dog life jackets are used on boats.
  5. Always remove your ladder if you have an above ground pool so the pet won't have access to the water when no one is around.

Keep in mind, even if your dog is fearful around water and rarely goes near the pools edge, there could be a time it is scared enough to run toward, and fall into, it. Be prepared for those times. Also remember, if your dog loves the water and swims with you often, you will have to clean your filter  more often.

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