DIY Guide: Pool Fences for Dogs

DIY Guide: Pool Fences for Dogs
Installing a Do It Yourself removable pool fence is tremendously valuable for keeping kids safer by the water. But did you realize that pool fences can keep your pets safe, too? It’s true. Pool fences for dogs are just as helpful for keeping your furry friends out of harm’s way.

Dogs and Drowning Danger

“Why would anyone need pool fences for dogs? Dogs love the water.”

Today, let’s address this common misconception. Many dogs just adore splashing around in the water, but that doesn’t mean that canines are natural swimmers. Far from it!

Often if a dog is taking a dip in a pool or lake, it will instinctively begin “dog paddling.” Dog paddling isn’t swimming though. Instead, it just lets the playful pup tread water to stay afloat. This is a wonderful natural instinct, but it has limits. If a water situation becomes dangerous, the struggling dog can easily get overwhelmed and drown. Believe it or not, this happens far more often than you’d expect. Each year, it is estimated that about 5,000 family pets drown in their own swimming pools.

At Pool Fence DIY, we consider our pets to be close members of our family. Therefore, we take DIY pool fences for dogs very seriously.

Pool Fences for Dogs

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that a DIY pool safety fence is typically used for keeping kids from reaching the water and drowning. Fortunately, they work just as well on pets!

Installing a 30-inch pool fence is perfect for anyone with small to medium-sized dogs. At this height, the fence is easy for adults to remove or avoid, but perfect as a physical barrier between the pool and your furry friend. Above all, consider your specific pet when considering pool fences for dogs. For instance, if your dog is rather large, be absolutely sure to install a fence that they won’t be able to jump over.

When properly installed, a DIY pool fence for dogs is one of the most common and effective ways to help secure your pool area. Ideally, the fence needs to be sturdy enough to prevent little paws from knocking it over and tall enough to stop your pup from jumping over it.

Remove the Fence When Not Needed

When it comes to keeping your pet safe, a do it yourself removable pool fence can be invaluable. When your dogs and kids are safely out of the picture, you can quickly and easily remove a section of the fence, or even the entire thing. Now you’re free to party with the adults, but you can still feel secure since you can easily replace the fence at any moment.

Additional Safety Measures for Your Dog

Now you understand the general value of pool fences for dogs. That said, a pool is an important safety tool, but to be truly effective it needs to be combined with other measures. Beyond pool fences for dogs, these are just a few ways to help keep your faithful water-loving companions safer.

First, you should install ways to help your dog out of the pool. That means swimming lessons… for dogs! If your pool has steps, train your dog to use them to both exit and enter the water. If your pool only has a ladder, swim with your pet to keep a closer eye on him or her.

Additionally, if you’re letting your dog hop in for a dip, be sure to keep a close eye on them. Active supervision, just as you would with your child, means watching your pupper without any distractions. That means no phone, conversations or drinking. You’ll want to keep a close eye on your best buddy to make sure they stay safe!