Like many dogs, Dachshunds can enjoy a swim in the pool—especially on hot days when it’s a great way for them to cool off and prevent problems like heat stroke. As Dachshunds are not natural swimmer, if your companion has never being in the water, you’d better to teach your Dachshund to swim first. But when you’re ready to take your Dachshund swimming, you’ll need to find the best type of pool for Dachshund swimming. The following are 4 tips to finding the best type of pool for your Dachshund.
Tip #1: It doesn’t have to be a “dog specific” pool—but those are the best option
You don’t necessarily have to purchase a dog-specific pool for your Dachhund’s summer fun, but they are the best option because they are made with extra durable materials designed to withstand the pressure and sharpness of your dog’s nails. The most common material for dog specific pools is extra-strong PVC. While some kiddy pools are made with durable PVC that will be suitable for your Dachshund, most kiddy pools are not made with dog use in mind.
Tip #2: Decide on how often you want the pool set-up to help narrow down your options
There are many types of dog-friendly Dachshund swimming pools and it can be difficult to narrow down your choices. One of the ways to quickly do this is decide how often you want the pool set up; if you only plan on bringing the pool out every so often, consider purchasing a portable pool which is designed so that it can be taken down in minutes. If you plan on the pool being set up for the entire summer or at least most of it, you may want to choose a non-portable design.
Tip #3: Know the difference between swimming and wading pools
A wading pool for Dachshunds is a pool which doesn’t go above the height of their neck. In other words, the dog can wade and enjoy a cool dip in the water, but they aren’t actually swimming. Wading pools allow dogs to cool off without having to swim and are great for hot summer days. They are often chosen for breeds—like Dachshunds—which aren’t natural swimmers. Swimming pools for Dachshunds are pools which go above their head and require the dog to actually swim in order to keep their head above water. Swimming pools can be great fun for this breed as long as you follow the proper safety precautions, discussed below.
Because Dachshunds are a smaller breed which does not take to swim naturally, there are some things you should keep in mind when you decide to take your Dachshund swimming. Be sure to keep in mind the following safety tips:
- Always have your Dachshunds wear a dog life jacket if they are in—or even just around—a pool where the water is above their head
- Never let your Dachshund in or even around a deep pool (where the water is over their head) without supervision
- Look for pools that have easily accessible stairs or other ways for your dog to get out