On a hot day, there's nothing better than a dip in your backyard swimming pool with your family. But would you truly want all members of your family to be involved? Allowing the family dog to swim in the pool is an entirely personal decision. Some people love the idea, and yet other people might consider it to be a no-go area, especially when you think of all that hair potentially clogging up your pool's filtration system. And yet the backyard pool can be a huge temptation for your pooch, whether you're in it or not. A dog who decides to take an unsupervised swim could easily be putting themselves in danger. So what are the best ways to keep your dog out of the pool?
While you will be taking the steps necessary to keep your dog out of the pool, you would still want your dog to know what to do in the event that they should gain access to the water. It's important that your dog knows how to exit the pool if they should ever go swimming. Hopefully it will be knowledge they'll never have to use, but you still need to teach your dog how to safely get out of the pool. Allow them to swim in the pool a few times while under your supervision. Just how many times will depend on how long it takes your dog to learn the location of the pool exit. Encourage them to swim to the stairs that lead out of the pool, either by standing at the applicable spot and calling them, tempting them with food, or getting into the water with them and physically guiding them to the exit. So that's got you covered in a worst case scenario, but how can you stop it from actually happening?
If your dog is able to squeeze through a gap in the railings, jump the fence, or push their way underneath it, you will need to reinforce that fencing. You can create a barrier by attaching chicken wire to the existing fencing, held in place with wire. It can protrude upwards from the existing height of the fencing to add height if needed. Obviously this is not the most aesthetically pleasing of options, but it should do the job. Alternatively, you could unroll bamboo mats along the existing fencing, also held in place with wire. Again, this is not an option that looks the best. Rocks can be placed at the base of the fencing in order to prevent your pooch from forcing their way underneath.
Existing fencing can be modified, but the use of chicken wire can look rather primitive, and the bamboo mats will block your view of the pool. While it's more of an investment, if you're concerned about the safety of your dog while still wanting to retain the aesthetics of your pool, you should consider upgrading your fencing. A tempered glass fence held in place with stainless steel support beams creates an impenetrable barrier. Pool fencing specialists can fabricate a fence of this type with an almost non-existent clearance zone underneath so that this is not an option for entry.
Keeping your beloved pooch out of your pool certainly requires a bit of effort, but it's obviously worth it for the safety of your dog . . . and for the sake of your pool!