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Pool For Goldens?

Where we live, there are not any safe rivers that we can take our dogs, so a pool came into our minds. They like their kiddie pool, but all they can do is just lay in it. heehee. Has anyody else bought one for their Goldens? I'm also wondering, how are they going to walk up a ladder? A deck would work, but I know that would cost more money and I would be afraid of them trying to jump back in it when we aren't there.

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Build them a ramp! One for getting out/in the water and one for getting in/out of the pool.

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Yrs ago we set up a pool for Murphy, it was about waist high on me. We made stairs using hay bales. On the days I didn't want him in it I just moved the bales. Worked great.
When winter came I used the hay to cover my garden.
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We have a 15 x 30 oval above ground. Didn't buy it for the dogs but they use it all the time. We do have a small deck on one end, the steps are plastic kinda like a wedding cake so its easy for them to get in and out.


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We have a small kiddie pool for Tayla. She doesn't like them deep because she likes to make lots of splashes so she has one of those plastic ones. She has a great time in it and can get in and out when she wants.

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We installed a inground pool 2 years ago in part because we thought Jazz might need knee surgery & it'd be useful as therapy. It has steps that they can in and out of the pool with and we cover it witha solar blanket when we don't want them in it.

Expensive, but we all use it and enjoy it.
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We have a pool and Wyatt thinks it is HIS LOL! Please never allow your dog into a pool without teaching them how to get out safely. The day we brought Wyatt home at 8 weeks we literally put him in the pool and taught him how to get out. A dog will panic and drown if he can't find his way out.

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If you build it they will come....

We put a pool in about 5 years ago. Our last golden had two TPLO surgeries over the years and swimming was one thing he could do for exercise. We put in a lap pool - that's what hubby wanted. Cement, so no nail tear issues. Steps to get out.

It took time to train the exit - indeed teach how to get out first - we marked the steps with a big blue flower pot so it was easy to spot. Then began working our way down the steps till swimming was understood. Then back and forth to get out.

It's great exercise for dogs especially on a HOT summer day when walking is an issue with all that fur! Good for people with knee issues too.
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We have an above ground pool complete with deck and starirs rather than ladder to get in/out. I wish Hank would get in!!! Other than the one tiime he fell in, we can't coax him in We have him wear a lifejacket when 'pool side' so he won't panic if he does fall in again (he had his life jacket on when he fell in).

Unfortunately we didn't have the pool when he was a puppy and we could have lifted him in. He does have a kiddie pool but only stands in it, I don't think I've ever seen him lying in the water, even during the warmest weather

I'm jealous of all you with swimmers!


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I love it. I really like people that are kooks over their dogs. People on the outside would never understand us getting our dogs a pool.

I think maybe start with a large kiddie pool. As long as they get their wet on they will be happy. Otis would bring his rocks and kongs into the pool and sit there with them.

Its good because when the water gets dirty its easy to change. And its low so they can step right in. And they get warm quicker than a big pool in the sun.

Whatever you decide post pics when you get it
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