Small Dogs & Swimming: 4 Custom Pool Features To Keep Canines Cooled Off

23 August 2016
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Some large dogs are natural swimmers that love the water and can swim for long periods of time. For many small dogs, this is not the case. Smaller dogs may not like the water or have the strength to swim for long periods of time. During the summer, you may want to find ways to keep your small dog cooled off without forcing them to swim. If you're considering a new pool installation, then there are a number of features that can cater directly to your dog. Not only will these features make it easier for your dog to go swimming, but they will also add a lot of different pool elements for you to enjoy.

Lounging Edges

A small dog does not need much water to fully enjoy pools. Small amounts of water can be given to a dog by having a lounging edge installed on the pool. These edges feature just a few inches of water and are connected directly to the pool. The lounging edges are great places to place pool furniture and go tanning. A small dog can get their paws wet as they walk around the lounge area and stay cooled off. If you're swimming in the main portion of the pool, then your dog can feel like a part of the activity by staying in the lounge edge area. These areas can be built with a cement or stone base that offers a sturdiness for your dog to walk on.

Purification Cleaning Process

If you allow your dog to swim in the pool, then you also must consider the chemicals that they are exposed to. Without knowing any better, your dog may drink or accidentally swallow some of the water. To help prevent any problems, you can have a purification cleaning process installed on your pool. This process uses oxidation and natural materials to create a clear and safe water for your dogs. Virtually no chlorine is needed and the water is often referred to as "drinkable pool water." Having the purification cleaning system installed in your pool also makes the water ideal for children. Everyone can swim for extended amounts of time without worrying about swallowing too much water or other side effects like red eyes and irritated skin.

Stone Steps

A dog's claws can be sharp and potentially cause damage to a traditional pool liner. When a small dog is swimming, in most cases their paws will not make contact with the direct liner. But one of the main areas where they will need to enter are the steps. One of the best material options for these steps is stone. Stone steps are durable and can handle the daily use from a dog. Large steps also offer an easy exit point for dogs looking to get out of the water. The stone areas are easier to grip than alternative options like plastic. Stone steps can also showcase a more natural look to your pool design. You can blend the steps in with landscaping and pool edging that you have installed.

Beach Entries

Small dogs are known to have bad or sensitive backs. If your dog has this sensitivity, then you can make things more comfortable by having a beach entry installed on the pool. A beach entry is an ideal alternative to stone steps. A pitch will be installed on your pool that gradually goes into the water. It makes it easy for your dog to walk in and out of the water. It can also make it easier for people to go in and out of the water without so much strain and safety hazards that come with steps and ladders. Beach entries can be made with a poured concrete or another material like stone. Pool design specialists can help you plan out different designs and size options for the beach entry.

Planning different design elements for your small dog can make the pool more enjoyable for everyone in your home. The features are easy to integrate into custom pool designs and will make your pool look more unique.