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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8 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe Around the Pool

Dog next to poolMemorial day is right around the corner, and for millions of pool owners, that means your pool will be open for the season! There are a couple things to plan for, but most the most important is safety. As we all know, children should always be supervised in and around pools, but did you know you should be watching over your pets too?

Most cats won’t voluntarily jump into a pool like a dog, but both cats and dogs can fall in. Heavy dogs with shorter legs are particularly at risk for drowning as they find swimming very challenging. The sad fact is that over 5,000 family pets drown in swimming pools annually.

Tips to keep your pets safe:

    1. safetyOur number one tip is to keep your pets away from the pool when they aren’t supervised. This can be tough if they have free range in your yard and you don’t have your pool fenced off. It is recommended that pool barriers are 4-5′ tall, which keeps pets, children, and most wild animals away from your pool.
    2. Keep an eye on their paw pads. Running around hot wet concrete all day would irritate most feet, and your dog’s paw pads are no exception. Make sure they don’t become scratched up or burnt.
    3. Dog life jackets have become widely available since more and more people bring their pets along on adventures with them. These are a great option if you don’t know how well your pet swims, are just getting them used to the water, or know they aren’t a strong swimmer.
    4. If your pets have free range over an area where there’s a pool, we recommend purchasing an alarm. Many pet owners buy an alarm system for children that will go off if it’s sensor comes in contact with water by affixing the sensor to the pet’s collar.
    5. Pets running near waterVinyl pool covers are not a safety measure. It can be more dangerous since they deceptively look like a hard flat surface to your pets.
    6. If your pet does fall into the water, there needs to be a way out. While we know the steps are there, it can be hard to pets to tell. Investing in a detachable ramp could help save your pet’s life.
    7. Give them plenty of shade. On hot days, your pet is just as susceptible to getting heatstroke as you are, except you have the upper hand in that you can ask for help and get what you need. Along with shade, make sure your dog has plenty of fresh water. You don’t want them thinking pool water is OK to drink and getting sick.
    8. Speaking of pool water, chemicals in your pool can cause skin irritation. Make sure you rinse your pet off well after swimming.

Here are some of the products we’ve recommended in action:

Hopefully these tips help to ensure you and your pets have a happy and safe time in your pool. We’re here to answer questions and help you build the pool of your dreams that also fits your safety needs.

Contact us at any of our locations, or below.

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Pool & Spa News April 5, 2016 No Comments

Not Your Typical Pool Party

You might be used to your pet dogs wanting to enjoy your pool. But a family vacationing in Redmond, WA were in for a surprise when they noticed a bathing moose in the pool! This is not the first time a moose has been spotted taking a dip in a swimming pool, but they were lucky enough to get a great video of the moose lounging in their pool!

Pools not just loved by you & your pet.

Moose and your pet love to swimMoose also love the water, and for such a large land-animal, Moose are surprisingly good swimmers. As the largest member of the deer family, a male moose (also known as a bull) can weigh as much as 1,400 pounds, and their antlers alone can weight up to 75 pounds! With that much weight on such tiny legs, you might find it surprising that moose can run up to 35 miles per hour!

Moose are also great swimmers that can swim about 6 miles per hour. To put that in perspective, swimming at his top speed, Michael Phelps can only swim 5.25-6 miles per hour. Now that is a match we would like to see!

Most pool owners will not have the experience of finding a while animal in your pool. However, in recent years, pool owners have been having more encounters with wild animals. This is due to a few reasons:

Curiosity

  • Some animals are very curious, they see your beautiful sparkly pool, and want a closer look! This can cause them to accidentally (or purposely) get in!

Cooling offMoose, not pet, love to swim

  • If it is hot out, some animals are like us in that they need to cool off! Pigs will wallow in mud, kangaroos will lick their forearms, but most animals enjoy a dip in cool water (just like us)!

Play

  • Animals love to play, you probably know that many species (you’ve probably seen your pet dog do it!) learn social behaviors by playing around. But play is not just for young animals, species of gulls will play catch with their food. It is fun, and it teaches them new techniques to hunt!

Lack of habitat

  • As human habitat extends into areas that wild animals call home, animals are venturing into areas we do not necessarily want them. Your backyard pool could now be in a place they called home.

 

keep your pet, children and wildlife out of the pool

If you find yourself with a stuck uninvited pool guest, The Humane Society has some great tips:

  • First off: always use caution and call your local animal control if you do not feel safe.
  • For birds, and other small animals: a pool skimmer or broom brush can help you carefully retrieve them.
  • For larger animals: try building a makeshift ramp for the animal. A chaise lounge could work for this.

Building a fence or adding on other safety features to keep your pet, children, and wild animals out of your pool is an excellent idea, especially if you live in an area with wildlife.

Let us know your pool concerns, and we’ll discuss these features with you!

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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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