How to Design a Pet-Friendly Swimming Space

At Oasis Pavers and Pools, we know that summer is a time for cooling off than by taking a dip in your backyard swimming pool. But for pet owners, the simple joys of swimming can be overshadowed by concerns over pet safety. It’s no secret that not all pets take to the water like ducks in, well, water. For some, it’s a source of fun and exercise—for others, it’s a place of discord and fear.

Just as you would design a space with children in mind, taking your pets into account is crucial. Here’s your guide on working with a swimming pool company to create a swimming space that both you and your furry friends can enjoy.

Your Guide to a Pet-Friendly Pool

When it comes to your swimming pool, nothing is more important than the safety of everyone involved, including those on four legs. Pools can be risky for animals, with slippery surfaces, high walls, and deep waters posing potential dangers. Here’s a pet-focused approach to pool design that prioritizes fun and well-being:

Ensure the Area is Fenced

One of the first steps is to ensure that your pool area is securely fenced. Not only does this provide a barrier for pets who aren’t quite paddling pros, but it also keeps out wildlife or strays. A sturdy, well-maintained fence offers peace of mind and security for both you and your pets.

Include a Shallow Area

Your pool’s depth can be a game-changer. A ‘beach entry’ or a shallow portion allows pets to familiarize themselves with the water slowly. And if they fall in by accident, a gradual entry allows them to scramble out by themselves without becoming trapped in the water until help arrives.

Look for Pet-Friendly Staircases

As pets age or if they find themselves in deep waters, an accessible exit point is vital. Pet-friendly staircases often have wider steps that are easier to climb, and even ladders can feature treads designed for paws. It’s about making the escape as stress-free as possible.

Create a Shaded Area

While the sun can make for great days by the pool, it’s a good idea to have a shaded area for both humans and pets to retreat from the heat. This can be a standalone structure or a part of your poolside design. Summer can take its toll on our furry friends so ensuring pets have a cool spot helps to prevent overheating and sunburn.

Use Non-Slip Surfaces

Slippery pool surfaces are not just a concern for humans; they’re a hazard for pets too. Having your swimming pool company use non-slip materials and textures like aggregate finishes can go a long way, offering better grip for little paws as well as human feet.

Avoid Harsh Chemicals

Chlorine, though a must for maintaining a clean pool, can be tough on pets. Opt for pet-safe pool cleaning products when possible. Regular cleaning and water checks are also essential to maintain a safe environment.

Finding the Right Swimming Pool Company

Not all pool companies are created equal, and when designing a pet-friendly pool, you need a partner that understands the unique needs of your furry friends. A great swimming pool company should work with you to create a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for your pets.

Attributes to look for in a swimming pool company include:

  • Prioritizes Partnership: A company that is committed to creating a solid relationship with you and your furry friends.
  • Collaboration: A company that actively includes you in the planning process, understanding your needs and priorities when it comes to pet safety.
  • Creative Solutions: Someone who’s not afraid to suggest innovative features or designs to enhance the safety and enjoyment of your pool area for pets as well as guests.
  • Safety Standards: A commitment to using the latest safety materials and technology to prevent pet accidents around the pool.

Build a Pet-Friendly Paradise with Oasis Pavers and Pools

By choosing the right swimming pool company, you can transform your backyard into a paradise not just for you, but for your cherished pets as well. Partnering with Oasis means bringing your dream of a pet-friendly swimming space to life. We are dedicated to ensuring every design aspect from safety to comfort is meticulously planned and executed to suit your needs. We also provide incredible patios and hardscaping, check out how we can help you and your pets during the hot summer days!

Don’t wait any longer to create a space where memories are made, and tails wag in delight.

Contact Oasis Pavers and Pools today to start your journey toward a summer filled with fun in the sun for the entire family—furry members included!