If you own a rec centre, a dog grooming clinic or a range of other businesses, you may want to consider adding a dog pool. When dog owners, with their hot and sweaty pups, pay you for use of the pool, you can earn money. However, first, you have to decide what kind of dog pool you want.
Guide yourself with these five essential questions:
1. What are your objectives?
Besides the objective of creating a profitable or a sustainable non-profit dog pool, you also should consider whether you want the purpose of your pool to be fun or therapeutic. Is your pool a place for pups to swim and play, or is it a place for pups to receive warm water therapy after an accident or injury?
If the latter, you may want to talk with veterinarians or dog rehabilitation experts in your community to determine what guidelines you need to meet.
2. Is the pool going to be indoor or outdoor?
Just like a human pool, your dog pool can be indoor or outdoor. Primarily, your answer depends on the climate in your area, how many months of the year you want to use your pool and the location of your available space.
3. How are you going to keep the pool clean?
With dogs using your pool, you need a strong filtration system that can handle all of the hair that gets left in the pool. Talk with your pool contractor about how many dogs you anticipate to use your pool on a weekly basis, and embrace a filter that can handle that.
Also, you need to think about what chemicals you are going to use in the pool. Typically, chlorine is hard on dogs' skin, and salt water can also be abrasive and itchy. Instead, look into UV-light based pool cleaning systems.
4. How will the dogs enter the pool?
In some cases, dogs can just jump in on the side of the pool, but if you have dogs who are reluctant to jump in or dogs with physical ailments that prevent them from jumping in, you need a shallow staircase leading into the pool or potentially even a lift such as the ones used to lower mobility restricted people into swimming pools.
5. What safety supplies do you need?
In addition to the dog pool itself, you may want to invest in some safety supplies. This pool equipment could include canine life jackets, hooked poles for pulling drowning dogs out of water, or other safety essentials.