It’s hotly debated in swimming pool owner circles: should your dogs be in the pool? Some pool owners say, why not? Others say, dogs don’t need to be in the chlorinated pool water and believe they should have access to a “kiddie” pool next to the other pool.

No matter which side of the fence you’re on, the swimming pool contractors from Imperial Pools in Decatur, Illinois have advice for pool owners who want to have the family pooch in the pool. A factor to keep in mind is you need to take the time to clean your dog off after he swims to get chlorine off his skin. You may even want to clean him off before he gets into the water — it depends on how long and or dirty his fur is.

Should your dogs be in the pool?

This is a personal choice — truly. But if you’re new to pool ownership and wonder it’s safe for your dog, here are some tips:

  1. Let your pool contractor know the family dog will be in the pool. Why? It could change the pool chemistry. Why? Because your dog will bring in dirt, debris and bacteria – more than three humans’ worth; especially a long-haired dog. You may need to have more frequent pool service visits.
  2. Because a swimming pool is a “closed water system” that means the water is recirculated. Whatever your dog brings into the pool water, will stay in the water for up to twenty four hours.
  3. Invest in a large capacity filter that can accommodate dog hair and debris. If you’re in the process of having a pool built, talk with us about this.
  4. Your dog’s skin could get dry and irritated from the chlorine. You will want to rinse him off once he’s done swimming.
  5. Before your dog goes in the pool make sure you have a ramp for him to use to get into and out of the pool. Spend time training him how to use the ramp.
  6. Don’t force your dog into the water. Contrary to popular belief, not all dogs like water and not all dogs can swim.
  7. Put your dog in a life vest to keep her safe.
  8. Never leave your dog alone in the pool
  9. Remember a dog’s nails can damage the liner so you will want to keep her away from the edges.

Dogs in pools can be fun, as long as you’re prepared for caring for the dog after he gets out of the water and being prepared for more frequent pool service visits.