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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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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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Pool

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 :doh: 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 :confused:

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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We just have a kiddie pool for Buddy. He loves to "dig" in it. We took him to a friend's house with a pool. He was afraid to go in it. LOL!!!!!!!!!!
 

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We have an inground pool...we live in Florida and everyone of our goldens loved it!!! Mako on the other hand was deathly afraid of it when he was 8 weeks old...it took him about a month to actually like it and now we can't keep him out! He actually goes in and plays with his ball all by himself...no coaxing and so content to be in there with noone!!! I have to close my screen doors when he does this cause he runs into the house with the zoomies soaking wet!
 

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We just have a kiddie pool for Buddy. He loves to "dig" in it. We took him to a friend's house with a pool. He was afraid to go in it. LOL!!!!!!!!!!
Ginger does that too!! Diego loves to blow bubbles. So adorablezz!
 

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We have an inground pool...we live in Florida and everyone of our goldens loved it!!! Mako on the other hand was deathly afraid of it when he was 8 weeks old...it took him about a month to actually like it and now we can't keep him out! He actually goes in and plays with his ball all by himself...no coaxing and so content to be in there with noone!!! I have to close my screen doors when he does this cause he runs into the house with the zoomies soaking wet!
Awww, love the pictures. Mako's so handsome! I'm planning on getting an above ground pool this summer. The only issue is buying a ramp. I read online about how you can use cement bricks for stairs inside the pool. That might be an idea. I just know my pups will absolutely have a blast when we get one. :D
 

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We have had our pool since before Duffy. Our kids are grown now and don't really use the pool, but Duffy loves it! He absolutely goes insane when we open the pool in the summer and we had to build several gates across the deck opening to keep him from jumping in when we didn't want him to. He kept figuring out either how to destroy the gate or go over it.

Here's the problem -- the pool is 4' deep, but Duffy is a tall dog. He swims in the pool, but he also pushes off the bottom with his rear paws. As a result, the year before last he made a hole in the vinyl bottom of the pool. It took forever to find the hole. My husband patched it. But then at the end of this summer, we realized the pool was losing water again....and we winterized it without finding the hole.

I have a very strong feeling my husband just wants to take the pool down. He has complained that Duffy is the only one who uses it! It is true, but I use it once in awhile. The kids don't care about it at all. And now with Duffy tearing the vinyl....plus the pool heater is broken, I'm afraid my dh will just take it down.

that is so sad, because of how much Duffy LOVES that pool!

I wish there was some solution to this -- we have tried dog booties of various types and secured them on his feet very tightly, but as soon as they become waterlogged, they fall off.

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Meeks loves her kiddie pool. It can get hot in summer in Australia and we often fill up her pool and leave it for her if we go out. She hops in and lies down in the water. It allows her to cool herself off when she needs to. Dog Mammal Vertebrate Dog breed Canidae


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For those of you who has an above ground pool, do you mind share some picture of how you set up and how the dog goes in and out? We've been thinking about getting a pool for Sam (and yes, just for him) but can't figure out how to make him in and out. Building a deck around it is too much $$$, we are looking for alternative! please share...
 

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I want to get an above ground pool for both of us. I told DH. It had to be at least 3-5 feet deep at at least 6 feet long so I can go underwater completely. But I too worry about Bear ripping it open or getting trapped or not just wanting to go in.

How often do you have to change the water in an above ground pool? Does it need the same chemicals as a in-ground on?


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Meeks loves her kiddie pool. It can get hot in summer in Australia and we often fill up her pool and leave it for her if we go out. She hops in and lies down in the water. It allows her to cool herself off when she needs to. View attachment 142858


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We also live in Australia and we have the exact same thing!
Although we also have an in-ground pool, Daisy hates it! Shw refuses to get in unless you put her in, although when one of her lab friends, Molly came around she got pushed in because all Molly wanted to do was dive into the water! It was so cute!
I hope Daisy becomes a pool swimmer someday!
 

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Here is the pool I got mine - just emptied it yesterday since they are always wet and I am tired of drying them off! LOL! Once it gets warmer here I will fill it back up, maybe enjoy it a little myself!!

 
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