In the United States, there are a whopping 10,000,000 swimming pools! Have you ever given it a thought as to why today’s homeowners regard this amenity so highly? Actually, nothing about it is novel. In fact, people have been drawn to pools of water for enjoyment for ages – decades, centuries, even millennia! Humans have long valued the therapeutic and calming qualities of water, using it in everything from cleansing practices to religious worship and even in gathering spaces.
Swimming with Pets
Pools can strengthen our bonds with our animal companions in addition to allowing us to socialize with other people. There’s a reason dogs are referred to as “man’s best friend,” as they are arguably the most devoted and adored kind of pet. In our day and age, when our canine companions even have their own handcrafted delicacies, spas, daycares, and parks – all specifically designed to serve them – there is also a purpose for the phrase “a dog’s life.” But have you really given much thought to how your dog fits into your pool life? You can protect your dog and pool from potential issues while trying to enjoy both by taking a few precautions.
Primary Safety Measures
Keeping your pet from potentially entering your pool unattended is the first line of defense. In order to protect children, many homeowner associations and localities already have safety fence rules in place. However, these fences can also assist to protect animals from accessing your pool. The safety fence should just surround the area of your pool, not the rest of your yard, and it should include a self-latching gate that your dog cannot open.
Skill in Paddling
Although everyone has heard of the “doggie paddle,” this does not imply that all dog breeds or types will have a natural, innate ability to navigate through the water. If you’re unsure, ask your vet if the breed of your dog is suitable for swimming as well as if your individual dog is healthy enough to spend time in the pool. Even if your veterinarian gives the all-clear, you will probably still want to spend money on a canine swimming trainer or to take the time yourself to thoroughly educate your dog regarding how to swim.
Even after you’ve secured your swimming pool area and have taught your dog how to proficiently swim, you need to ensure that your pet has a functional way to enter and exit the pool. Since you will inevitably not always be present beside your dog all the time while they are in the pool, you need to equip your pool to safely serve your pet. You should train your dog to enter and exit your pool safely and give it an entrance that can be easily seen & found and which is simultaneously simple for your dog to use.
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