Pool & Spa News April 11, 2016 No Comments

Who Let the Dogs Out?

Do your dogs love to swim? Most do! If building your pet their own dog pool isn’t in your budget, perhaps a visit to a doggy day care or doggy hotel is, as many of them are now building pet pools for pets to play in!

Man’s Best Friend Loves To Swim

These days, people go to great lengths to give their pet a great life, and part of that is plenty of fun and exercise. Dogs get both while swimming, and they love the water! The doggy daycare industry has caught on, and now many offer pets access to a swimming pool! Like this doggy daycare in Michigan, they built a beautiful bone-shaped pool just for dogs!

 Are you your pet’s only friend?

your pet needs more friendsDoggy day cares not only offer your dog fun, but playing with other dogs enriches their lives dramatically–especially if they don’t have any pet siblings at home! Your pet loves you, and daily walks and snuggles help keep it entertained, but we all get busy, and it can become bored.

Bored dogs become destructive pretty quickly as a sign it needs more attention and exercise. That shoe lying on the ground has suddenly become a fun new toy, and even though they know you’ll be mad, they need interaction. Chewing on furniture is another sign they need more exercise and stimulation.

Unfortunately, being lonely and bored can quickly become hazardous to their own health. While some licking is normal, bored dogs will lick and chew at themselves until they develop skin rashes. Besides being itchy and annoying for them, these rashes can become infected.

bored pugBored dogs also have a high risk of becoming aggressive. Boredom and loneliness cause stress, and stress can lead to aggressive or other harmful behavior.

Obviously, playing with your dog will keep them from feeling bored. And interesting toys can keep them entertained for a while, but if you find yourself too busy to give your dog the attention it needs, regular trips to a doggy daycare can become a wonderful addition to its day.

Pets just wanna have fun.

Not many pet breeds like being alone, but dogs especially are naturally social pack animals. So being around other dogs is key to their health and happiness. By exposing your pet to different people, animals, and environments you are helping them develop confidence and ease.

Of course, you could just take your dog on walks and let them off-leash at the dog park, but your dog will grow more confident by not having you always near. That’s where a doggy daycare can help!

dogs in waterWhere everybody knows your (pet’s) name.

We’ve discussed so many benefits to bringing your pet to a doggy daycare, you’re probably ready to bring it in right now! But first, here are some things you should consider when choosing the perfect daycare for your pet:

  • Cleanliness
  • Experienced and knowledgable staff
  • Constant supervision (especially if dogs have access to a pool)
  • Tours (some even have webcams so you can check in!)
  • Vet on-call
  • Good heating and cooling system
  • Member of the American Boarding and Kennel Association

If you would like to discuss building a pool for your pets, you can read more about it here, and contact us with questions!

Get a Pet Pool For Your Dog Today!

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Pool & Spa News April 2, 2016 No Comments

Dogs and Water: Why Your Pet Loves to Swim

Pet dogs playing in waterPets all react to water differently. But we all know dogs love water more than cats, right?

Well, it’s not quite as easy as that, most dogs love the water, but some breeds (like heavier breeds, breeds with short snouts, and breeds with short legs) tend to sink more than swim. And some curious-cats LOVE to play with water, it depends on the animal and if they were trained from a young age to like the water.

A pet to share your love of water with

For the most part, if you’re looking for a pet to share your love of water, dogs are your best bet–especially one of these breeds:

  • Newfoundland
  • Golden Retriever
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Standard Poodle
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • Irish Setter
  • English Setter

Usually, dogs with short legs dislike the water since it’s difficult for them to swim, but this water-loving Dachshund, Crusoe, is an exception to that rule!

Your pet dog enjoys swimming for many reasons, besides the fact it’s just plain fun, here are some of the positive things that comes from swimming:

  • Loosens tight musclesPet dog swimming
  • Increases circulation, endurance, flexibility, range of motion, balance, coordination and muscle strength
  • Decreases swelling
  • Relaxing
  • Builds confidence

It’s also great for dogs that suffer from:

  • Joint injuries
  • Hip/elbow dysplasia
  • Spinal injuries
  • Mobility problems
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic pain
  • Weight reduction

If you’re interested in teaching your pet to swim, here are some tips on how to get started. And if you decide to let your pet swim in your pool, make sure you’re maintaining it properly. But with all the reasons we’ve listed, it’s no wonder more and more people are building pools for their dogs!

Are you ready to build your dog a pet pool?

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