Most large dogs destroy expensive made-for-dog pools the first day they are set up. Here is a good hack that’s sure to work.

 

The Best Dog-Proof Pools On The Market

 

When picking a backyard pooch pool, most owners gravitate to the popular collapsible pools found on sites like Amazon and Chewy. The problem is that most big dogs can chewy right throughy these pools in the first minutes after set up.

 

Still, if you have a small-to- medium-sized dog OR if you have a very calm large dog, these are the pools with the highest consumer ratings.  Please keep in mind that there are enough unhappy customers to warrant a strong note of caution. A significant number of reviews for these products say that enthusiastic pets broke them within minutes of setup.

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Foldable Hard Plastic Extra Large Dog Pet Bath Swimming Pool 

The pool comes in M (39 inches), L (48 inches), XL (55 inches) and XXL (63 inches). It comes with a drain at the bottom and is collapsable once empty for easy storage. The company recommends that pet owners use the medium size for small dogs, the large size for medium sized dogs, etc.  Click the image for more information and additional specs.  Expect the medium sized pool to take around 62 gallons to fill, the large to take 89 gallons, the extra large to take 121 gallons, and the extra-extra large to take 159 gallons.

 

SCENEREAL Dog Swimming Pool

Large Foldable Pet Pool Bathing Tub

Just the large size (47.5 x 11.8 in) is shown here. According to the description on Amazon, “Our pet swimming pool is designed to not require an air pump and is easy to drain. You can easily set up up the pool and put it away only in a few minutes. Non-slip design on bottom inside the pool to make your pet safer while bathing and playing in it.”

 

Qrooper Dog Pool Splash Pad Sprinkler

This pool is 55 inches in diameter and shallow. The sprinkler feature requires a constant feed from your garden hose that some consumers report as wasteful.  A plus is that shallow pools like this require less water to fill and make a dip less intimating for dogs that fear swimming in deeper water.

 

Consider Purchasing a Stock Tank

 

Stock tanks are rubber or galvanized large tubs designed to hold water for goats, pigs, horses, cows and other large animals. They’re built to be stepped on, kicked, pushed over, and trampled. There is no way your dog is going to ruin one of these. They can’t claw their way through the bottom, nor gnarl a hole into the side. Best of all, he can charge into these things at full speed; they won’t topple over, break or puncture. They come with optional bottom drains to make emptying more convenient.

Galvanized versus Rubber Stock Tanks

 

Stores like Tractor Supply offer galvanized steel or rubber stock tanks, but we prefer the rubber ones. Though it’s easier for the water to spill out of rubber-made stock tanks, your pet is less likely to slip in one or injure himself if he runs at it full speed. Note that you if you plan on converting your stock tank to a koi pond at some point, galvanized tanks leach zinc into the water that over the long-term harms fish.

Cost

 

Expect a dog swimming pool to cost between $35- $100 dollars. Smaller stock tanks (which are still big in comparison to many dog pools) range in the $80-$140 dollar arena.  Larger, tougher tanks cost anywhere between $300-$500 dollars, but these are investments that will last you a lifetime of swimming for your pet.

 

How Much Water Does It Take To Fill A Doggie Pool?

 

Use these formulas to compute the number of gallons of water required to fill your pet’s pool.

 

For Round Pools

 

The formula for volume of a cylinder is V= π x r2 x H or 3.15 x r2 x H where r2 is the radius squared. Alternatively, you can just type ‘right cylinder volume calculator‘ into your browser or use this link to use a free, online calculator. Enter your information in inches.

 

If you entered inches into the above equation, your result will be in cubic inches, so you need to convert the answer into cubic feet. To do this, take the answer from the equation above and divide it by 1728.  The result will be the cubic feet of your dog’s pool.

 

To calculate the amount of water needed to fill the space you calculated above, multiply the answer above by 7.48 or type ‘how many gallons to fill a cubic foot’ into your browser for a calculator.

 

For Square or Rectangular Pools

 

The formula for volume is H X W X L or you can use this calculator.

 

If you entered inches into the above equation, your result will be in cubic inches, so you need to convert the answer into cubic feet.  To do this, take the answer from the equation above and divide it by 1728.  The result will be the cubic feet of your dog’s pool.

 

To calculate the amount of water needed to fill the space you calculated above, multiply the answer above by 7.48 or type ‘how many gallons to fill a cubic foot’ into your browser for a calculator.

 

Installing A Stock Tank As A Pool

 

Stock tanks can be placed anywhere you like in your yard. You can even dig a hole and sink them so that they are level with the ground and create some landscaping around them to help them blend in more attractively with the rest of the surroundings. Just keep in mind that if you partially bury the dog pool in ground, they will be more difficult to drain (but not impossible, see below).

 

How To Stop Mosquitos From Breeding In Your Doggie Pool

 

Stagnant water, as found in dog pools, is a perfect breeding ground for mosquitos. Mosquito eggs laid in the water take approximately 2 days to hatch into larva, then it’s another 7 days before they pupate and turn into adults, finishing the life cycle in as little as 10 days. Mosquitos transmit Heartworm disease in dogs and cats and serve as vectors of West Nile Virus, so you’ll want to avoid adding to the population. As a reminder, all dogs and cats should be on a monthly preventative against heartworm disease. Shop $60 dollars off!.

 

There are no chemical forms of mosquito control that we recommend for your dog pool. In the absence of something to circulate the water, chlorine does not kill mosquitos and bleach only works at levels high enough to also make the water non-potable (not a good idea for a hot dog that will lap at the pool water). Mosquito cakes are labeled safe for animals, but it’s likely that they haven’t been tested at levels equal to the exposure a dog would get from a daily dip in the pool.

 

Instead, drain your pet’s pool every four or five days and refill with fresh water. If the stock tank doesn’t have a bottom drain, you can drain it using a syphon.  Use this link to a video to learn how to do this. If the pool is situated in a high enough part of your yard, you can drain the water onto your garden or flower beds so that the water is not wasted.

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Foldable Hard Plastic Extra Large Dog Pet Bath Swimming Pool 

 

The pool comes in M (39 inches), L (48 inches), XL (55 inches) and XXL (63 inches). It comes with a drain at the bottom and is collapsable once empty for easy storage. The company recommends that pet owners use the medium size for small dogs, the large size for medium sized dogs, etc.  Click the image for more information and additional specs.  Expect the medium sized pool to take around 62 gallons to fill, the large to take 89 gallons, the extra large to take 121 gallons, and the extra-extra large to take 159 gallons.

 

SCENEREAL Dog Swimming Pool

Large Foldable Pet Pool Bathing Tub

Just the large size (47.5 x 11.8 in) is shown here. According to the description on Amazon, “Our pet swimming pool is designed to not require the air pump, easy to drain. You can easily set up and put away only in a few minutes. Non-slip design on bottom inside the pool to make your pet safer while bathing and playing in it.”

 

Qrooper Dog Pool Splash Pad Sprinkler

This pool is 55 inches in diameter and shallow. The sprinkler feature requires a constant feed from your garden hose that some consumers reported as being wasteful.  A plus is that shallow pools like this require less water to fill and make a swim less intimating for dogs that fear swimming in deeper water.

 

Consider Purchasing a Stock Tank

 

Stock tanks are rubber or galvanized large tubs designed to hold water for goats, pigs, horses, cows and other large animals. They’re built to be stepped on, kicked, pushed over, and trampled. There is no way your dog is going to ruin one of these. They can’t claw their way through the bottom, nor gnarl a hole into the side. Best of all, he can charge into these things at full speed; they won’t topple over, break or puncture. They come with optional bottom drains to make emptying more convenient.

Galvanized versus Rubber Stock Tanks

 

Stores like Tractor Supply offer galvanized steel or rubber stock tanks, but we prefer the rubber ones. Though it’s easier for the water to spill out of rubber-made stock tanks, your pet is less likely to slip in one or injure himself if he runs at it full speed. Note that you if you plan on converting your stock tank to a koi pond at some point, galvanized tanks leach zinc into the water that over the long-term harms fish.

 

Cost

 

Expect a dog swimming pool to cost between $35- $100 dollars. Smaller stock tanks (which are still big in comparison to many dog pools) range in the 80-140 dollar arena.  Larger, tougher tanks cost anywhere between 300 and 500 dollars, but these are investments that will last you a lifetime of swimming for your pet.

 

How Much Water Do They Require To Fill?

 

Use these formulas to compute the number of gallons of water required to fill your pet’s pool

 

For Round Pools

 

The formula for volume of a cylinder is V= π x r2 x H or 3.15 x r2 x H.  Alternatively, you can just type ‘right cylinder volume calculator‘ into your browser or use this link to use a free, online calculator. Enter your information in inches.

If you entered inches into the above equation, your result will be in cubic inches, so you need to convert the answer into cubic feet. To do this, take the answer from the equation above and divide it by 1728.  The result will be the cubic feet of your dog’s pool.

To calculate the amount of water needed to fill the space you calculated above, multiply the answer above by 7.48 or type ‘how many gallons to fill a cubic foot’ into your browser for a calculator.

 

For Square or Rectangular Pools

 

The formula for volume is H X W X L or you can use this calculator.

 

If you entered inches into the above equation, your result will be in cubic inches, so you need to convert the answer into cubic feet.  To do this, take the answer from the equation above and divide it by 1728.  The result will be the cubic feet of your dog’s pool.

 

To calculate the amount of water needed to fill the space you calculated above, multiply the answer above by 7.48 or type ‘how many gallons to fill a cubic foot’ into your browser for a calculator.

 

Installing A Stock Tank As A Pool

 

Stock tanks can be placed anywhere you like in your yard. You can even dig a hole and sink them so that they are level with the ground and create some landscaping around them to help them blend in more attractively with the rest of the surroundings.

 

Prevent The Mosquitos From Breeding

 

Keep in mind that stagnant water is a perfect breeding ground for mosquitos. Mosquito eggs laid in the water take approximately 2 days to hatch into larva, then it’s another 7 days before they pupate and turn into adults, finishing the life cycle in as little as 10 days. Mosquitos transmit Heartworm disease in dogs and cats as well as human infectious diseases like West Nile Virus so you’ll want to avoid adding to the population. As a reminder, all dogs and cats should be on a monthly preventative against heartworm disease. Shop $60 dollars off!.

 

There are no chemical forms of mosquito control that we recommend for your dog pool. In the absence of something to circulate the water, chlorine does not kill mosquitos and bleach only works at levels high enough to also make the water non-potable (not a good idea for a hot dog that will lap at the pool water). Mosquito cakes are labeled safe for animals, but it’s likely that they haven’t been tested at levels equal to the exposure a dog would get from a daily dip in the pool.

 

Instead, drain your pet’s pool every two days and refill with fresh water. If the stock tank doesn’t have a bottom drain, you can drain it using a syphon.  Use this link to a video to learn how to do this. If the pool is situated in a high enough part of your yard, you can drain the water onto your garden or flower beds so that the water is not wasted.