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Have a hot dog on your hands? Dog pools are a fun option to help them cool off when the mercury rises and the panting increases.
When shopping for a doggy pool, the most important consideration should be quality. Cheap materials or poor construction will only tear and break down. Also, give your dog’s nails a trim before letting them in a pool. If your dog’s nails are too long or sharp, they might rip the lining or get stuck or snagged.
The Best Dog Pools
Dog pool availability varies by season, so scoop up one of these sturdy and easily storable pools before they go.
Super easy to set up, this pool is available in three sizes and packs away like a dream. The bottom is made with an especially thick material to withstand regular use; it’s also slip-resistant.Find on Amazon
This backyard pool comes in three sizes for dogs large and small. Made from durable plastic, there’s engineered wood framing in the side panels to create more stability. A simple drain makes filling and emptying a breeze and it folds up easily into storage. Though this is a tough doggy pool, you may want to use some tarp under it if it’s going to be on a hard, rough surface.Shop at Petco
This foldable PVC pool will make quite the splash with your dog. Boasting four sizes, this pool is durable, deep and a doddle to drain. What more could we (or our pets) ask for?Find on Amazon
A solid, good-looking option for larger doggos, this pool gets great reviews. We really like that it folds up accordion-style for easy storage.Find on Amazon
This foldable dog pool’s bottom is made with especially thick PVC material to withstand regular use, and it’s also slip-resistant, making it safe for older dogs. Available in five sizes, one of the extra perks of this pool is toddlers love it, too!Find on Amazon
If your dog is a committed water frolicker, a simple splash pad may be a great option for keeping them cool and entertained. When shopping for a splash pad, look for durability claims and reviews. This 68-inch version attaches via a garden hose or PVC tubing; adjust the water pressure to change the spray height.Find on Amazon
Dog Pool Accessories
Throw some of these fun (and safe) toys into your dog’s new chill spot. And for the less-active loungers in your life, we’ve found some pool floats that will cover them, too.
West Paw’s Rumpus floats in water and stands up to the toughest chewers—it will keep your dog entertained for hours. Made in Montana from non-toxic materials, you can put it in the dishwasher to clean and recycle it once your pet is done with it, if ever. Bright colors make it stand out when you’re tossing it in water or on land.Shop on Chewy
Pool and bath time play is way more fun with these floaty pals. These sturdily constructed sea creature friends come in several varieties and make sounds; however, they may not be best for aggressive chewers.Find on Amazon
Not just for frogs or critters! If your very small dog finds themselves getting stuck trying to pull up over the pool edge, this can be a great option for giving them the boost they need.Find on Amazon
Why swim when you can float? This special float is claw-resistant and spacious—and the large size can support dogs over 65 pounds—so your dog can get in on the poolside lounging action. It folds up neatly so you can travel with it and store easily when not in use.Find on Amazon
Not all dogs are natural-born swimmers like Labradors, Water Spaniels, or Poodles. If yours is one of the less-than-graceful water ballerinas (we’re looking at you, Bulldogs, Pugs, Corgis, and Dachshunds), a life jacket is a great investment. Ensuring all your dog’s aquatic interactions are positive will help you both enjoy a cool summer on the water. And if you need more info on teaching your dog how to swim, look no further: our article, “Pool Safety for Dogs: Everything You Need to Know”, has all the pertinent details.
This full-body pet life jacket will keep your dog upright and happy while they’re playing in the dog pool or other bodies of water. It comes in five different sizes and ten bright colors, and it’s constructed with extra padding to enable strong buoyancy in the water without restricting your dog’s movement.Find on Amazon
This full-body pet life jacket will keep your dog upright and happy while they’re playing in the pool. Sporting a cheeky fin on the back, your pet will be the cutest predator anyone’s ever seen.Find on Amazon