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    Dog Alarm

    Since building our pool, we have used a dog alarm on their collars, so if they would fall in and we're not out there, a 120dB shrieking siren in the house will allow us to get there very quickly, even if by some chance we were sound asleep (which isn't possible, since we'd have to be awake to let the dogs out). Our dogs are corgis and with those short little legs, they can't climb out anywhere but by the step. If they fall in, a little bit of panic sets in because most corgis hate the water and they don't always swim right to the step.

    We have also taken them into the pool 2-3 times a week and reinforced where the steps are by taking them to different places in the pool and gently guiding them to the safe spot to get out. At first we did this with a life vest on (on the dogs, not us), and graduated to doing it without out. Once the water was warm enough for swimming the second year, we reintroduced the process so continue to emphasize to them how to get out.

    For several months this path year, our dogs were NEVER outside alone as one of them blew a disk and had emergency surgery and was paralyzed for several weeks. She is recovering well and able to be out and about on her own, although not up to running.

    After extensive research when the pool was being built, and prior to knowing anything about this website, we went with the Safety Turtle system. Currently, one of the kid's collar tags has busted and we need a replacement. Since they are not cheap, I thought I'd canvass members to see if they have any recommended products. Have been nothing but happy with Safety Turtle, but can't hurt to check. Backyard is fenced and combination locked, so no other dogs or children can get in. A frog occasionally, but they don't drink much.

    I did do a search on the forums and found some previous threads but they were older than a year so no posting on them.
    Central TX / 12K GAL / IG / SWG / DE filter / Pentair SVRS & 3 swim jet pumps / Spa bench and jets / Single body of water / No heater.

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    Re: Dog Alarm

    Sorry no one responded yet. This may be somewhat unusual or uncommon and this time of year doesn't get as much traffic. I wanted to say how impressed I am at how well you are taking care of your dogs and training them to be safe.

    The only product I know of that is like this is for people like iSwimBand but there are several products I found like this searching with Google.
    16,000 gallon outdoor in-ground 16'x32' plaster pool; Pentair Intelliflo VF pump; Pentair IntelliTouch i9+3s control system; Jandy CL-340 square foot cartridge filter
    12 Fafco solar panels; Purex Triton PowerMax 250 natural gas heater (200,000 BTU/hr output); automatic electric pool safety cover; 4-wheel pressure-side "The Pool Cleaner"

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    Re: Dog Alarm

    Thanks ChemGeek. I will take a look at the product you referenced. Sorry for the late reply. Have been at a conference in Detroit since Saturday and not able to participate very much in normal activities like forums.
    Central TX / 12K GAL / IG / SWG / DE filter / Pentair SVRS & 3 swim jet pumps / Spa bench and jets / Single body of water / No heater.

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    Re: Dog Alarm

    eqbob,
    When my little American Eskimo went blind, she was still housebroken and wanted to out in the backyard. We were trying to keep her life as normal as possible, so we would let her. Like your dogs, she was never in the yard alone but sometime would be out back with us while we were gardening, etc. She was usually pretty cautious as she moved about the yard, but being a dog, she would sometimes forget she was blind and start to run around. We put in a splash detection based system in case she fell in the pool and we didn't hear it. The splash system was prone to too many false alarms, so we went the Safety Turtle route. We just hung the sensor on her collar with her license and left it there all the time. No false alarms and it worked great the few times she fell in (we did hear the splash). We found replacement Safety Turtle sensors on eBay at a reasonable cost. (New ones cost ~$50-$60 from the manufacturer). The sensor must be the same color as the one it replaces. Be sure to test them regularly.
    Mike
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    Re: Dog Alarm

    Thank you Mike. Appreciate it. Had not thought about looking on ebay.
    Central TX / 12K GAL / IG / SWG / DE filter / Pentair SVRS & 3 swim jet pumps / Spa bench and jets / Single body of water / No heater.

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