This may be a dumb question, but I've lost one dog to the pool, so I want to be safe. We have a pool. It is hotter than hell here, and its supposed to get worse. Merphy has grown increasingly curious about this big puddle of water. He stands at the edge and stares in, like he's about to take a dip. Benji is afraid of the pool, since he was there when Ender drowned, so he goes out every night and stands at the edge of the pool and looks for her.
Should I allow them to go in? I want to make sure they know how to swim, in case they fall in. But, I don't want them to think they can go in whenever they want (as I'm afraid Merphy will do, as he loves water and is hard-headed). We think Ender had a heart attack and fell in, because she knew how to swim. Either that, or she was blown into the pool, and could not get out and could not swim any more. Benji doesn't like the water as much, and I think he's afraid of the pool, so would it be cruel to take him in?
Even if they know how to swim, they can still drown if they don't know how to get out. My parents have a pool and I have put different dogs in and some will swim right to the steps and some will swim to the side and then just keep paddling thinking they can climb out and never get anywhere. The best thing to do is make sure they are not alone unattended.
My Silky loves the pool. If she sees the kids in it or is hot she will climb right in and swim around. Its so funny she looks like a giant rat.
is this an above ground pool or below ground? if it is above ground it could be more dangerous. do you have a cover that you can put over it while you are not swimming in it or when the dogs are out there? i think that maybe bringing them in and teaching them how to swim and how to get out by themselves might be the best option.
If you get a ramp or have stairs.. take some time to get in the pool and lead them to the ramp/ stairs. If they fall in and panic, and haven't been taught where the 'exit' is it may be a terrible experience.
A pool cover is more dangerous than none. People have drowned getting stuck under them. For a dog it may look solid enough to romp on.
I like the child monitors too. Wristband or badge that is connected to a monitor station. Put it on the kid or dog. They go in the water it alerts you.
I have a pool, too, but first let me that I'm sorry about your other dog.
When I first adopted Angie from the Shelter, I went in the poool with her. She immedietely started to doggie paddle , but from from what I've read in the past here, not all dogs instinctively know what to do. Aside from that, if a dog accidently falls, the poor little thing will will try to swim forever and tire itself out panicking and tryng to get out. In Invaribly dogs usually seems to fall in to the deep end, too, and will try to get out from where they fell in :-)
Anyway, when we were in the pool, I made sure to show Angie where steps were and let her swim toward the steps and get out by herself so that in case she ever does fall in, she knows how to get out .... hopefully. We did this for a couple of weeks.
She's not real crazy about the poool even though she will stand near the steps and look into the water. I just make sure that she she does out, I'm with her.
My brother in law built a ramp for his dogs to get out of the pool. He took a small piece of plywood, and then attached thin slats up it (like ladder rungs) for grip. It was fasened to the pool deck, but was at anough of an angle for the dogs to easily climb onto it and get out of the pool. At the time they only had smaller dogs so the weight on the ramp wasn't a problem, once they got a lab mix they had to fashion something a little better to hold him while he was getting out. He used the same idea with the plywood, but then made it like a floating dock with styrofome. It was attached to the edge with cables, and would sink under the water just enough for the dog to climb onto, but would still hold him. Hope this helps :P
The only thing with a ramp for the dog is that you're still going to have to put the dog in the pool and teach him or her where the ramp is just as as you would with a set of steps. If the dog is small, I agree that a ramp would be easier. I know a Chi or Yarkie would never be able to walk up my pool steps LOL..
People often get ramps for pools that have no easy to climb stairs. But the people above me are right. As I mentioned in my other post.. Ramp, stairs, whatever, you need to teach the dog to use it.. Need to turn them around in the pool too, so they don't get accustomed to swimming lets say right and out and they fall in the wrong way and oops.. Should probably reteach every summer too.
We have one. Cider goes in it. But I lift her out of the pool and keep her from the edges. Dog claws will tear any liner in time, unless it's a poured concrete pool, which is expensive enough to not be common.
It is an in ground pool. I don't think any of us have actually been in it in like 10 years. I keep saying I want to go in, but just haven't. We don't have a pool cover for it. Its a kidney shaped pool, so they don't make a hard cover for it (that I know of) and the soft covers are too dangerous. Since they go in and out at their leisure, and roam free in the house and backyard while we're not home, its impossible to keep them from the poolside or watch them at all times. It seems that the best plants to pee on are along the pool side.
I think my main concern is different for each dog. For Merphy, I think that if I bring him in once, he will constantly be in and out of the pool (but hey, at least someone will be getting use out of it). But, aside from the danger, his coat has to be brushed EVERY time he gets wet.
With Benji, I just don't want to traumatize him by forcing him into the pool after him watching Ender die. He's already somewhat fragile. For him, its obvious, he needs to face his fears, and it would put every one at ease knowing that he would know how to get out if he fell in.
If you are mostly concened about your dogs whne you are unable to watch them maybe fencing off the pool would be your best bet. I saw this fence on tv awile back because it wiorks for dogs and can be all taken down if you want to use the pool or entertain. Maybe have a look. http://diypoolfence.webdirectbrands.com/OtherUses.asp