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Old 05-23-2015, 03:25 PM   #1
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Default Safety for dogs near pools

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Safety tips for dealing with dogs near pools
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Old 05-23-2015, 08:05 PM   #2
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This is very interesting and perfectly timed. Just today my husband and I had a discussion about pool safety and dogs. We just moved into a new house with a pool. Neither of our dogs have ever seen a pool before. We don't even know if they can swim. We assume they can because they are dogs, but we don't actually know. One of the dogs is absolutely terrified of water, while the other loves to play in the sprinklers, roll around in puddles and walk in the rain all on her own while her "brother" hides at the first raindrop.
At the moment the pool is empty (needs cleaning) and the dogs only walk near it when supervised and leashed (we are doing our PetSafe training in the yard these days). However, we plan to have the pool filled and kept filled.

I have concerns about just letting the dogs play by the pool on their own. Not when it's full, when it's empty. I believe that any healthy dog when put in the water will swim. But the empty pool is deep and slippery, and if a dog falls into it she will hurt herself and panic. My husband tells me that I worry too much for my lurcher. I probably do. I recognize that I am overprotective of my baby girl, but I think my concerns are valid given my complete lack of experience with pools. What do you think?

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Old 05-24-2015, 11:07 AM   #3
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Maybe you should get them in with you to make sure they know how to swim.
Also make sure they have a way to climb out of the pool by themselves.
Treat them as children. Don't let them in unless you are there to supervise.
Is there a fence around the pool?
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Old 05-24-2015, 12:58 PM   #4
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Negative. No fence, and we would like to have them with us while we are hanging out at the pool. I definitely don't want them there unsupervised, and for now that's easy to control as they spend most of the day in the kennel. But within a couple of months they will have the entire yard to run around in freely. I want to make sure to teach them pool safety by then. I will try what you suggested. Spend time with them in the pool and teach them to use the steps in and out of the pool instead of climbing out at random places.

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Good advice techie I will add though fill the pool gradually so first day no water and see how your scared dog reacts then try 6" of water you all ready know one of your dogs likes water!
if the other dog is that scared of water, may be try conditioning to it slowly with your other dog already in the pool can act as a mirroring thing in other words the other dog loves water and along with treats (high value) slowly and in the scared dogs terms, entice the dog in to join you and other dog. if at any time the scare one wants to get out then imediatley remove the dog with no fuss and once they have got used to 6" of water put some more in and repeat the process It is a long process
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That sounds like good advice. Thanks BigBoy. i will try it.

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That sounds like good advice. Thanks BigBoy. i will try it.
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Will do. It will probably be some time before the water goes into the pool. We are in South America, and here winter is starting

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Will do. It will probably be some time before the water goes into the pool. We are in South America, and here winter is starting
Ok look forward to hearing about it in the coming months
It's still cold here in the uk even though it's supposed to be nearly summer temps are often in single figures at night as low as 6-9C 42-48F and about 11-16 C 52-60F during the day
so not as warm as it should be!
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Yeah. We are about the same here, but it will get colder, and soon the rain will start. Most of the year we don't get even a drop of rain, so I am actually looking forward to it. At least grass will grow Right now we live in a dust bowl.

Shelby and Foxtail are doing great. They completed their leash training and are free to roam around the entire land within their pet limits. They actually like the pool area the most and spend a lot of time lingering there. I don't let them stay there unsupervised though. We showed them how to use the steps in and out. The pool is empty. They explored the edges of the pool on their own and decided that yes, we humans might know something about this whole pool thing after all. Steps are the way!

Now that they are comfortable going in and out of the pool using steps, when it's time to fill it we will follow your advice and do it in parts. First knee-high, so that they can just walk around in it. Once they feel that's safe, take it up a bit. Always showing them the steps as the way out. Shelby's gonna love it!

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