Pool for Dogs


Recently we bought a large vinyl-sided kiddie pool to help rehabilitate our dogs who recently had FHO surgery. We couldn’t take Chelsea to the beach as much as we wanted; when we learned Scarlett also needed FHO surgery and took in a foster puppy in the same condition, we knew we needed a solution! This $20 kiddie pool from WalMart was the answer– and an added backyard perk for Harley, the water bug πŸ™‚

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Our first doggy pool experience.

Swimming is a great post-surgery workout; it strengthens the diminished leg muscles and improves muscle function. Additionally, dogs heal much faster than those who do not swim. At first, we put both Chelsea and Bethany on leashes and walked them around the pool in circles. When they got comfortable, we removed the leashes and let them splash around.

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Chelsea and Bethany working their leg muscles!

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Such a cutie!!!

Scarlett took some convincing. The first attempts to get her in the pool ended with her clearing the 2.5 ft. wall and taking off across the yard. Eventually, she started to tolerate it and was just standing around. Though she hasn’t yet had FHO surgery, she was putting even pressure on all her legs, including the bad one. We’re getting her used to the pool so when she gets surgery in the next month, pool rehab will be easy.

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Checking it out.

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She isn’t so sure about this pool thing…

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If I look pathetic will you let me get out?

Harley isn’t injured at all but he is obsessed with the pool! As far as he’s concerned, it’s his pool. He’s the only one small enough to have to swim; he hops in from a chair and swims around in circles for 15 minutes at a time! When he’s done, he swims to an edge and props his front paws up, gets on his hind legs and hops out.

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Harley goes swimming.

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Hey! Come back here, Harley!

We also took Chelsea and Bethany down to the lake– they were not fans πŸ™‚ I guess only our 7 lb. terror can handle the big, scary lake!

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What are you doing, Dad? Take us back to the pool!

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It’s scary in here!

Off I go! I love the lake!

One day, we hope to have a real pool they can swim in! Until then, doggy pool will have to do πŸ™‚ Do your dogs like to swim? Where do you take them for fun in the water?

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Have a good rest of the weekend! -Your pal, Scarlett

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24 responses to “Pool for Dogs

  1. you do sound as though you have so much fun. I have 7 rescued dogs of various sizes and ages but I don;t think that any of them like the water..they will not even go out to the loo when it is raining

    • Thank you Patrecia– we all had a great time πŸ™‚ I know what you mean about not going outside in the rain– Harley refuses to go potty in the rain unless he has his jacket on LOL! Such drama queens πŸ™‚ Enjoy the rest of your weekend, thanks for stopping by!

  2. My pack loves to swim. Luckily we have the Bo Hole – a medium sized fishing pond behind the backyard.

  3. Now those pictures are of dogs having fun! Scarlett, you look like you might be a landlubber. That’s OK, not everyone loves the water.

    • Hahaha, you hit the nail on the head πŸ™‚ I read your comment to Dominic and he was laughing so hard. Poor Scarlett is frightened of just about everything. I think she’ll take a little more convincing but hopefully one day she’ll enjoy it!! Enjoy your Sunday!

  4. Last picture is the best and that was a difficult choice. Harley must be Stan the Man reincarnated with his love of water and swimming. Just took our three bad actors for a walk and they misbehaved the entire way. Two ladies were coming toward us with two dogs so I turned around to high tail it back home before our crew turned into barking idots, with their leashes around my legs ten ways. Amazingly, the two females actually increased their speed toward us which made it worse. Finally, I asked them to slow down so I could carry on home. They stopped which meant they must have been oblivious to what was happening. Not going for another walk today — perhaps not ever.

    • Hahahaha oh no! I’m sure it was just a Happy Mother’s Day present from them to you LOL. Even though I already told you– HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, MOM!!!!! I love you πŸ™‚ We can relate with the walking thing- with all four of them, there’s never a dull moment. Harley’s been going on runs beside Dom’s skateboard recently and he LOVES it!

  5. Great Post – Great Photos – thanks for sharing the cutie pies!

    • Thanks craves! They are so funny, especially Scarlett! She was acting like we were torturing her πŸ™‚ Hope you have a great rest of the weekend!

  6. Great find Deanna! Good work dogs! We want in.
    Bella and DiDi

  7. I love your ingenuity. πŸ™‚ We have a much smaller wading pool for the dogs, just for when it’s really hot. Sampson will normally run right to it after a walk and he lies down in it. He thinks it’s pretty cool to have a water bowl big enough to lie in. πŸ™‚

    Delilah doesn’t do the same thing Sampson does. She will stand in it for a minute and then gets out.

    If I do happen to find somewhere they can swim (not easy where I live) then Sampson is the wader and Delilah will swim to fetch. She just loves to swim and fetch.

    • Thanks Jodi! I think Scarlett would like the smaller pool much better and might actually want to get in and cool off!

      Funny how the roles are reversed when they get to a bigger body of water to swim! Of course Harley will swim anywhere but Chelsea loves swimming in the ocean much more than the baby pool πŸ™‚

      Hope you have a great week!!

  8. What a great idea, and they all had a great time as I can see. Loved the pictures πŸ™‚

    • Thanks angelswhisper, we’re glad you enjoyed them! They are pretty funny– we’re looking forward to taking them again soon πŸ™‚

  9. Swim? Can I come over? Mom has this itty-bitty pool that she *thinks* I might like to swim in. Maybe I should show her this!

    • LOL Sage you are so funny! I bet you and Harley would have a great time swimming together– he likes the pool, lake and ocean so we could go anywhere πŸ™‚ The other pups are pickier!

  10. Hi!
    Sorry we have been scarce lately, dad has been redoing that old tractor and working lots of hours. But, we are here today and we love our pools. They are so much fun and we cheer you getting them! You are in our prayers!

    God Bless You!
    The Collies and Chuck πŸ™‚

    • That’s alright, guys, we are so glad to hear Trevor is hanging in there and we totally understand! We know how it feels to be busy!

      Thank you for your prayers; they are definitely working. We continue to pray for him and are so glad he has you all!

  11. That is a great pool. Good idea to get some extra rehab. Of course my maniacs would wreck a pool like that in no time. LOL

    • Thanks guys πŸ™‚ LOL we bet if it were at your house, it would be gone in minutes! Of course if Scarlett ever learns not to be such a scardy-cat, that may happen anyways!

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