- Pets and Animals
Plastic Dog Pools - Durable, Portable and Fun!
Help your dog take a break from the summer heat!
I live in Phoenix, Arizona and it gets HOT in the summer. I look for any escape I can and usually that involves the pool! But what's a dog to do? Our furry friends need a break from the summer heat just as much as we do.
A great solution is to get your dog a swimming pool!
That way you just fill it up with water and your dog can either splash around or just lay in the water. This really cools them off and its so much fun for both them and you!
There's a few options for dog pools on the market. There's plastic pools and metal pools specifically designed for a dog's rambunctious play. Or you can get something simple - like a plastic kiddie pool - which is designed for kids, not dogs.
I'm going to focus on plastic dog pools since they are very durable and some models are even portable.
Look how much fun your pup could have with a dog pool!
Does your dog love the water? - If so, I bet they'd love to wade in a mini-pool just for them!
Does your dog like to swim?
Kiddie Pool vs. Dog Pool
Which is best?
Plastic Kiddie Pools
Are they a good choice for your dog?
It really depends!
There's two types of mini-pools made for children (aka kiddie pools). They are soft-sided or hard plastic. I definitely wouldn't recommend a soft-sided plastic kiddie pool for your dog: think sharp teeth and nails and I think you get the picture!
However, hard plastic kiddie pools can be a good choice if you're looking for something inexpensive and your dog isn't particularly destructive. If you're not sure if your dog will like a pool or not, you could start with one of these to just test it out and then upgrade to a more durable one later.
You can usually find kiddie pools in the summer time at local big-box stores or even super markets. If you can't find one locally or if you're looking for one out-of-season, you can always order one online.
Ordering a hard plastic kiddie pool online - it can be difficult!
Its not easy to find these hard plastic pools on Amazon (probably because they don't fold-up or inflate which is good for your dog but bad for shipping!). But you can order them online at the following stores and at least have them ready for local pickup as some stores don't ship them to your home...
What if You Want a More Durable Dog Pool?
Maybe one that's portable even? - then check out Guardian Gear Dog Pools by PetEdge
This brand is a bestselling dog pool with great customer reviews.
These dog pools are made of hard and durable PVC plastic so it shouldn't break when your dog bites and paws at it.
A really nice advantage to these pools are that they can break down and fold up. This feature makes it easy for your to store the pool during the winter or to even take the pool with you if you are going on vacation or camping and want your pooch to play in the pool.
There's a side drain to easily drain water from the bottom and this material doesn't crack or become brittle in the sun.
You can order these dog pools online and get free shipping from Amazon. They are available in 3 sizes so every pup can be cool in the pool!
A big pool for big dogs! Think labs and shepherds!
This large sized pool is 63 inches in diameter and 11.8 inches high.
More sizes are available on Amazon...
Medium and small dog pools:
This medium size seems to be a good option for your average sized dog. Some customers even say this size works for large dogs too. So if you don't want to pay extra for the large pool this may work for you.
The medium sized pool is 47.2 inches in diameter by 11.8 inches tall.
The small size is only 31 inches in diameter and 7.8 inches high.
I'm getting this one for my min pin when I move into my house soon - and I'll update with pictures and video!
What's Better - Kiddie Pool or Dog Pool?
What type of pool are you getting for your dog? and why?
Plastic kiddie pool
And Just for Fun... - Who Can Resist a Dog Learning to Swim!!
Interested in a dog pool made of truck bed liner?
I don't have experience with dog pools made out of other materials (I've always stuck with hard plastic). But this lens has some great information about dog pools made from the liners of truck beds.
Check it out...
- Dog Pools from Truck Bed Liners
Includes great photos, videos and reviews of several different dog pools.