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    Keeping Dog out of Pool

    I just moved to a house with an inground pool/spa. Picture is below if it helps. We have a lab. I dont mind her getting in during the summertime, and I have been working with her a bit to train her to not get in unless we invite her. With that said, we are not there yet. My concern is when it freezes over in the wintertime...don't want her on the ice as that might be an issue if it cracks. I would like her to be able to stay outside...we are tired of taking her out on a leash when she needs to pee. What options do I have? I would prefer not to put a fence around the pool, as I dont like the look of that. I have looked at a mesh fence type of deal that can be removed and thought of putting that from our back door across to the wood fence....but I definitely don't want to drill a hole in the cool deck so that makes it tough. I know, Im asking a lot....


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    Re: Keeping Dog out of Pool

    Having lost a dear sweet old Pekingese that fell in and got trapped under the solar cover, I will NEVER let my dogs or my children around the pool unattended. I have a picket fence that seperates our play yard from the pool and garden. It is about belt buckle height, neither my Border Collie nor my St Bernard can get over or under it.

    The only way you could train your lab to not go into the pool is to teach the dog that bad things happen near the pool, which would then prevent him from wanting to go into it with you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigkevj View Post
    I just moved to a house with an inground pool/spa. Picture is below if it helps. We have a lab. I dont mind her getting in during the summertime, and I have been working with her a bit to train her to not get in unless we invite her. With that said, we are not there yet. My concern is when it freezes over in the wintertime...don't want her on the ice as that might be an issue if it cracks. I would like her to be able to stay outside...we are tired of taking her out on a leash when she needs to pee. What options do I have? I would prefer not to put a fence around the pool, as I dont like the look of that. I have looked at a mesh fence type of deal that can be removed and thought of putting that from our back door across to the wood fence....but I definitely don't want to drill a hole in the cool deck so that makes it tough. I know, Im asking a lot....
    We have two swimming dogs. We use welded wire fencing to block off pool access in the winter fastened (with zip ties) to temporary fence posts that we can pound into the lawn with a mallet. we run the fencing over our concrete deck and move planters there as an added barrier and zip-tie the end to the gutters (not for support, just to seal the gap).

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    Re: Keeping Dog out of Pool

    It's genetic. He'll want to get in any time


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    Re: Keeping Dog out of Pool

    No matter what training you do unless you're standing there the dog will always be tempted to wander and it will always be a danger.
    And I only say unless you're standing there because if your dog is anything like mine, even when you are standing they you'll still need to yell a correction once in a while

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    Re: Keeping Dog out of Pool

    Could something like temporary construction fencing help?

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    Re: Keeping Dog out of Pool

    Safety cover is the answer. The pool is done when it is closed and nothing gets in. You're going to want to cover it anyway to keep leaves out.
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    Re: Keeping Dog out of Pool

    +1 on a safety cover. The previous owner had a couple large dogs that would walk right across the cover in the winter and it barely deflected.
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    Re: Keeping Dog out of Pool

    Quote Originally Posted by pinguy View Post
    Could something like temporary construction fencing help?

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    That certainly wouldn't do anything for the German Shepards I grew up with. They would jump right over it!

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    Re: Keeping Dog out of Pool

    I cant do a cover, because of immovable boulders, and not drilling holes in decking.
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    Re: Keeping Dog out of Pool

    Quote Originally Posted by ITR View Post
    That certainly wouldn't do anything for the German Shepards I grew up with. They would jump right over it!

    Btw, nice nighttime picture of Spaceship Earth as your avatar!

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    lol yea, I meant as more of a training mechanism - god knows dogs will run right through invisible fences too

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    A safety cover would be expensive for that style of pool, but what is your dog's life worth?
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    Re: Keeping Dog out of Pool

    How about making a temporary fence using deck blocks as the base? You could put something under the concrete deck block so it doesn't mar the finish on the pool decking.
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    Re: Keeping Dog out of Pool

    The warmer the weather, the more my Labrador swims on her own. This time of year, she plops in and sits on the sun shelf nearly every single day. In February, she won't get in unless one of the kids throws a tennis ball into the middle of the pool. Maybe you'll get lucky and find that your Lab won't want to get into the cold* weather like mine.

    *I realize that Labrador Retrievers were originally bred to retrieve ducks from the icy waters off Nova Scotia, so "cold" is a relative term....especially when comparing northern Canada to Houston. Maybe my baby is too coddled...
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    Re: Keeping Dog out of Pool

    How did the previous owner close for winter? Tarp? Guess I'm kinda surprised it was built that way without a custom winter cover since it was obviously a beautiful build, as its a liability for anyone in the yard under a heavy snow -- but maybe I'm just ignorant of your clime in your location. Do you get much snow?

    The grommets for a safety cover aren't really that noticeable and just screw down into the recessed sleeve in the summer. In Michigan, they're just kinda a fact of life with an inground pool and worth the peace of mind for humans too You might wish to reconsider.
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    I don't have the solution, but I share the swimming lab experience! Our black lab swims every day basically. She knows how to roll her ball off the deck chair so that it ends up in the pool. Then she has to go retrieve it of course!
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    Re: Keeping Dog out of Pool

    I have a greyhound rescue group, and we have unfortunately experienced a couple of dogs drowning while out by the pool unsupervised. I would fence the pool.

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    Electrify it. The dog will only get in it once.
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    Tough post. It is National Dog Day. My doggies are sad.
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    Re: Keeping Dog out of Pool

    Quote Originally Posted by kellyfair View Post
    I have a greyhound rescue group, and we have unfortunately experienced a couple of dogs drowning while out by the pool unsupervised. I would fence the pool.

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    That is incredibly sad. A friend of mine has rescued a couple of greyhounds over the years. I know they can be special dogs, not liking to walk on grass and things like that. I can imagine falling in a pool must scare the heck out of the poor animals.

    Labs I would think would have no problem getting in and out of the pool, if there are steps available. But if you wanted to do a pool fence, I just installed a fence from diypoolfence.com and I'm happy with it for keeping out toddler out of the pool. If your concern is mostly during the winter with it freezing over, I'd get just cover it with a normal winter cover. It'll keep the dogs from getting in, and keep leaves out.

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