May 24th, 2011
|Having a dog at a home with a swimming pool requires an additional level of safety considerations. First and foremost, your dog should not have any means of unintentional access to the pool. The pool needs to be fenced and gated. If you choose to allow your dog into the swimming pool, then your pooch needs to repeatedly be shown how to enter and exit the pool using the steps. The steps should also have a permanent, above water identifying mark such as a flag, landscape feature, etc. that will make the steps easily recognizable to a swimming dog. If you have a cover, then it needs to have enough rigidity to support the weight of your pooch. Many dogs have perished due to disorientation and entanglement in soft pool covers. Lastly, dogs should never be left unattended with access to the swimming pool.
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