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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-02-2012, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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Question GSD and my Swimming pool.........

I have a 9 month old female and a 5 month old male and a inground swimming pool in my back yard. I was wondering if anyone with a similar situation as mine to help me out. I would like for my GSD's to enjoy the yard with my family this summer without my pups wanting to jump in my pool. Im not really sure if they would even want to get in the pool... will they?????? The reason being is that the pool liner can be torn easily if it got a small cut,but will cost alot to fix. ANY SUGGESTION???????????

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When you say pool liner, can you tell me what you're talking about? I'm not familiar with in-ground pools that have a liner?

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i have an inground pool. some dogs like it, some dogs won't go near it. if you want to make sure they don't get in it you'll have to not allow access.

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You're in-ground pool has a liner? Isn't it just concrete?
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-03-2012, 12:13 PM
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I am guessing this is actually an above ground pool that has been buried into the ground to be ground level. I guessing you even have a deck built around the pool.

GSD's love water so its a good chance that one of your dogs will be in the pool with you. I would think the only risk of a tear would be when the dog is trying to get out of the water. You can get a set of plastic steps that will help the dogs get out without having to ever touch the edge of the pool or liner. If you don't already have one I would invest in a patch kit that can be applied under water. They are cheap and can be a quick and easy fix.

I would also train your dogs to only go into the pool when you allow them or they will be in there all the time and without supervision. Dogs are like kids and need to be treated as such.
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I am guessing this is actually an above ground pool that has been buried into the ground to be ground level. I guessing you even have a deck built around the pool.

GSD's love water so its a good chance that one of your dogs will be in the pool with you. I would think the only risk of a tear would be when the dog is trying to get out of the water. You can get a set of plastic steps that will help the dogs get out without having to ever touch the edge of the pool or liner. If you don't already have one I would invest in a patch kit that can be applied under water. They are cheap and can be a quick and easy fix.

I would also train your dogs to only go into the pool when you allow them or they will be in there all the time and without supervision. Dogs are like kids and need to be treated as such.
I agree, get some steps to help them in and out of the pool and keep their nails trimmed. Swimming is fantastic exercise for them! I wish I had a pool for my dog, and I may even buy one of those small above ground pools just for him

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There are in ground pools that have liners. My in laws have one. The pool is 35 years old, and the liner is very expensive to replace. Wolfie isn't allowed in the pool and it's fenced all the way around.

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If your dogs are going to go swimming or around the pool you could put those little boots that they have for dogs on them to protect the liner. http://www.amazon.com/Ultra-Durable-Dog-Boots-LARGE/dp/B000TEOV52/ref=sr_1_5?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1328287813&sr=1-5

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If you teach them where the stairs are then you shouldn't have a problem. We ran into a different one with a pool like that, his hair clogged up the filters after about a 10 minute swim and quite a bit of skimming. The liner holds up fine and we kept him on leash swimming in cirlces. If your dogs have no fear...they will go in. Mine jumped in without even thinking about it. Now we've slowed him down some but still have to watch him to make sure he doesn't go in for a swim.
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Scarlett would have to be picked up and thrown into the pool. There is NO WAY she'd ever get in on her own...too much like a bath!

My friend has a golden retriever and he will not stay out of her pool. She never said she had any issues with the liner as a result of him getting in or out.

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