Pet-Friendly Pool

Pets are part of our family. But while people often love their animals like children, they don’t always watch over them as closely. For swimming pool owners, that can lead to tragedy. Statistics on pet drowning show that pool safety should concern every dog and cat owner with a pool.

Here are some important things to consider before building a pet-friendly pool:

Shallow Area

Pets love shallow water where they can stand up. They can hang out there, and they can swim out into the deeper water and back if they feel like it. Pools with a tanning ledge/shelf are perfect for pets.

How to get in and out

Pets should have some way to climb out of the pool if they fall or jump in. Steps or a zero-depth (beach) entry are a couple of options. The steps should be wide enough for your pet to walk on. Another solution is to buy a ramp that’s specifically designed for this purpose.


Safety is very important for your pet. For this reason, we recommend you buy a life best for your dog. You can also find devices that attach to a dog’s collar and set off an alarm when they get wet. But perhaps most importantly, you should think about how you’re going to rescue your pet if he or she is struggling. Having a life preserver on hand for them to climb onto is probably better than getting yourself scratched up. There are water disturbance alarms on the market that will alert you whenever they detect motion in your pool. These work great as another layer of safety on top of other measures. A safety fence is another very important prevention tool that you should add to your pool.


Toys are very important if you want to make sure your pet is fully enjoying your pool. Remember that dogs in particular are often single-minded in the pursuit of a favorite toy. This can get them in trouble if the toy happens to be in the water – or even worse, trapped under a pool cover. In other words, be mindful of any temptations that might lure your pet into a dangerous situation.

These are only a few thinks you need to consider before building a pet-friendly pool. At Rembrandt Pools & Spas we not only design and built your pool and spa, we also take care of them, so you don't have to worry about anything but enjoying your backyard with your pet. We have gathered together the most talented designers and craftsmen to help create "A True Masterpiece" right in your very own backyard. To get started on your backyard "Masterpiece" call us TODAY for a FREE consultation at 760.771.2121.


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