According to the American Veterinary Medical Association 36.5% of households in the United States have a dog in them and there is an average of 1.6 dogs per home. So, for the homes that have both a dog and a pool, pet safety in and around the pool is very important.
There are two fundamental must things that dogs require in a pool:
- They need an area shallow enough to stand up in.
- They need to have an easy way to get in and out.
Dogs enjoy cooling their feet in the water as much as, or maybe more, than we do. but the water needs to be shallow enough for them to stand up in. How shallow? Generally, 8 to 12 inches works well. Water of this depth allows them to stand up, hang out and even explore the deeper water if they feel like it. Since the traditional “shallow end” of a pool is around 36 to 48 inches we need a different option in order to create a perfect situation for our pets.
The perfect solution is a ‘baja reef’, also known as a ‘baja shelf’ or ‘tanning ledge’. These integrated pool features are ideal for dogs since the water in this area of the pool is only around 8 to 12 inches deep. The ‘baja reef’ is ideal for dogs because and, as it turns out, this area of the pool is often the favorite spot for us humans.
Getting In and Out
Steps. Steps. Steps.
A safe pool for dogs will always have steps going out of the water in the shallow end. Once again the ‘baja reef’ is ideal for this purpose since it is shallow enough to allow dogs to step immediately out of the pool.
Occasionally dogs will have trouble finding the steps and it is important to show them repetitively where the steps are while they are in the pool so that it becomes second nature for them. Ensuring the steps aren’t so narrow that they become difficult to find is important and the ‘baja reef’ feature helps with this since it is generally a nice wide space.
If you would like more information about having pool that can be enjoyed by both dogs and humans, please give us a call to schedule a free consultation at 951-202-2393.