I'm moving to a new home next month that has a swimming pool. Although it is security fenced and my dogs will be kept out of the pool area, I am terrified of what will happen if somehow somebody stupidly leaves the fence open. What if the pool guy doesn't close the gate? What if the gardeners leave it open (they have to go through the pool area to get to the back yard).
I am terribly worried about my little bulldog Zoey getting into the pool area. She is about 40 pounds full grown and isn't getting any heavier but she's got really short little legs. This is what her little body looks like:
Mollysmom… as a Home Improvement Company Owner… that subject does come up…. What most of the clients have done is install a Spring Loaded Locking gate…. That way… no mistakes are made… the gate shuts itself… thus preventing any accidents.
...and the ladder idea a good one too... some even drain the pool and pour a set of deep concrete steps or a platform for safety… Oh Plus they have water Alarms Now .. so if a child or pet falls in a piercing alarms sounds off…
As a percaution, I would get some type of ramp in the pool, in case the dog does fall into the pool, and put a land mark thing by it and teach the dog that when hes in the pool he should go towards that mark which indicates the ramp, and a way out of the pool.Like a little flag. Then on purpose get the dog into the pool on a regular basis and go through the motions. Getting him to swim (Assisted)towards the ramp and up it and out of the pool. We both know that Bulldogs are not built to be strong swimmers, and many bulldogs, frenchies to, drown in pools. I taught Leeza to swim which made her stronger, she can now swim for a short period of time. Your not going to give the dog the opportunity to go swimming alone, but its good to be prepared just in case something happens.
She's beautiful! Why don't you install a pool cover? There are various options on the market - a pool net that clips into the surrounding paving would be an option. There are also solid covers (like a thick canvas/plastic sheet). If she slips over the pool edge, she will at least be able to walk on the sheet. It can take the weight of several children. The latter will retain the water temperature, too. It is easy to remove and replace after using the pool. Dogs always love to drink from the pool. Teaching her to swim & using a ladder will put your mind at ease.
We do plan on keeping the dogs inside when people come around the house.... but..... it only takes one little slip-up. All it takes is for one relative to come in and leave a door open, or something else innocent like that. My other dog dino is so athletic that I know we can teach him to swim and he'll be able to get out if he falls in. One of my friends had a dog that drowned in his pool and I am just obsessing over this. You all have great ideas though. I would like to do them all. I'll just start working on it one at a time. >$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
This pool has built in seats around the sides of it on both ends. Plenty of places for Dino to stand up and lift himself out. Zoey, however, would still be underwater if she stood on those steps because she is soooo short. Only the steps at the shallow end have a couple that are tall enough for her to stand on with her head out of the water. I think I want to put a few of those boat ladders on the side of the pool and then attach a doggie ramp to each ladder. They come in bright colors so the dog can see them. Then I can teach her to swim to them. Luckily now that she's an adult she's not turning out to be an overweight bully at all.
I REALLY appreciate all of your input. Thanks guys.