Although most dogs are born with the strong natural instinct to start “doggie paddling” if they inadvertently find themselves in water, it doesn’t mean that all dog breeds are champion swimmers or even that they can stay afloat for very long. Some of them will sink like stones to the bottom of a pool within a few seconds, many will get cold and frightened, while others will happily bob around having a whale of time even if they will probably need some help from their owners to remove them from their newly discovered watery playground.
As a good rule of thumb, the more athletic a dog, the more it will be attracted to and enjoy being in water. Spaniels, golden retrievers, Irish and English setters, and Newfoundlands are genetically excellent swimmers because of their strong limbs and the fact that they were selectively bred as hunting dogs to retrieve waterfowl for their masters. Even the often maligned Pitbull will get a lot of pleasure from playing in water, especially if fetching a ball is involved. It all depends on the individual dog, of course, and whether or not a dog wants to play in water or should be allowed near it is up to the owner.
Sturdier and smaller breeds such as dachshunds, pugs, bulldogs, and boxers, however, do not have the necessary thrust from their short legs to keep afloat, and get exhausted very quickly. Sometimes a tiny Maltese or Chihuahua proves to be a good swimmer, but their temperaments make them easily panicked when submerged, and they will not be able to climb out most pools unaided. Anyone who has attempted to rescue a terrified dog from a pool can attest to it being one of the most traumatic experiences they will encounter as a dog owner. Not only will dogs fight and bite when mortally afraid, but sadly, there are often fatalities involved from drowning.
There are obviously some dogs who hate water as much as cats and won’t ever go near it, but for those who seem bound and determined to fall in or sneak in a crafty swim against their owner’s best intentions, a mesh, climb-resistant pool fence is clearly the best option.
Protecting a dog from jumping or falling into a pool with a fence can save a lot of heartbreak and exorbitant amounts of money spent on vets bills. Most good quality pool fences are strong, durable, easily customizable, and do not require too much skill or time to erect. Attractively constructed fences won’t detract from the appearance of the pool, and will add the peace of mind which money can’t buy.
Since not everyone has the practical skills needed to put up a fence around a pool, professionals are always happy to install a fence at an affordable price. It’s not just dogs that will benefit from the additional of a fence though. An added advantage is that a mesh fence will safely keep wild animals and unsupervised children out of the pool too.