Dog pools are just like kiddie pools but made especially for the use of dogs. These are designed to be more durable because dogs have rougher activities than the kids. Also, they sometimes have sharp teeth and nails.
Dog pools are made of a variety of materials and they also come in a variety of shapes and styles. There are also pools with additional features like sloping sides and ramps, sprinklers, continuous water flow, and more.
Dog pools are great ways in keeping the pet cool during the summer heat, thus enjoying summer more. However, any other water activities, your dog should always be supervised to ensure safety. Dog pools should always be cleaned to prevent bacterial or algae growth. It should also be located in a shady area so the water will not get very hot in the afternoon. Moreover, your dog won’t be exposed too much to the heat of the sun.
Here are some of the different types of dog pools according to how the materials used:
Galvanized Steel – The advantage of this pool is durability. Pools made of metal are less likely to get leaks or be damaged by the dog’s sharp teeth and nails. It will probably cost more than the other types but it will definitely last long. This pool could also be used in bathing the dog outside. A disadvantage is that it is heavy, non-portable and non collapsible.
Heavy PVC – This pool is made of strong plastic that could withstand the dog’s claws and chewing. This pool is also light weight and portable. Some of its types are collapsible for neat storage while some are not.
Lightweight Plastic – This pool is made of soft plastic that could be inflated and deflated after use. It could be folded very easily and can be packed in a bag. However, most of this type is not intended for multiple uses and are considered disposable. Another disadvantage is that the soft material may not withstand the dog’s activities and claws that may cause leaking.
Dogs love to play in the water. They could splash, wade, or retrieve toys in the pool all day long. Close supervision is important to prevent the dog from getting too exhausted and strained. A dog pool could be of great help to those dogs that need to burn extra energy. For older and smaller dogs, the pool helps them relax and cool themselves during summers.
Dog pools benefit more in the dog’s body by doing the following: loosening tightened muscles; increasing blood circulation, flexibility, range of motion and muscle strength; relaxation; relief from swelling; and it develops the dog’s confidence around the water.
Some dog therapists find this dog pool beneficial to dogs with joint injury, hip/elbow dysplasia, spinal injury, mobility problems, arthritis and chronic pain. If the dog has one or more of these conditions, the owner should always consult with the therapist first before letting the dog in the water.