Above ground pools are great for summer and for providing a nice, enclosed area to play in with our pets. However, many people still wonder how they should build above ground pool stairs for dogs. Here’s a look at some of the considerations you should think about.
One of the biggest questions is whether to use ramps or steps for your above ground pool deck. You can certainly use both, but you may need to choose one option for safety reasons. If your pool deck is near the pool, you may not want to have steps leading down to it from the pool deck. For example, if you have little children who can accidentally slip into the pool and get into trouble, it’s probably not a good idea to allow them to use the pool deck stairs as a way out. On the other hand, if you have an above ground pool and your pet is going to use it, you may be able to use steps and ramps. At the very least, this will help keep your pet off the pool deck and out of the water.
Once you decide on the type of stairs you’re going to use, you need to decide where you want them to go. Are you going to put them on the pool deck, or along a path? The best choice depends on where your stairs will end up. Remember that if your stairs lead to the pool, they may be slippery. In addition, putting stairs along a path can help keep your pet from tripping on the wet grass or on rocks in the path.
Another consideration is the cost of above ground pool liners. While you can purchase liners for above ground pools at most home supply stores, you’ll often pay a lot more at a pet store. Liners for above ground pools can be a great idea, but can also be quite expensive. If you have your heart set on the liners anyway, then consider waterproofing the area as well.
Waterproofing the area around your above ground pool can be a little bit trickier. If your dog spends a lot of time in the backyard, he’s likely to spend time outside. You can choose to waterproof the entire backyard, or you can simply seal the edges of your patio, walkway, or deck. Many times, simply sealing the surfaces will keep the moisture out. This will keep your dog’s paws warm, and dry, which will help prevent him from getting a cold from standing too close to the pool.
Some breeds of dogs are more prone to slippery feet, so another option you may want to look into is stepping mats. These will help prevent your dog from slipping when he steps on the wet grass or stones in the yard. They’re easy to clean and are usually very affordable. The best part about stepping mats is that they don’t take up much space, so you won’t have to waste time or money installing an above ground pool. They can also come in a variety of colors and designs, allowing you to match your existing home’s decor.
If your dog spends a lot of time in the backyard, you may need some form of obstruction to keep him from jumping into the pool. Consider purchasing a high net or any other type of fence. If you don’t have a fence, consider putting in a net that goes all the way around your pool. This will prevent your pet from entering the pool without your permission. Most pets will avoid the pool if it is something they know is dangerous.
Above ground swimming pools are a great addition to your home. If you keep your eyes open, keep your ears sharp, and use your imagination, you can come up with many creative solutions to keep your dog from having an accident in the pool. Above ground pools are a simple way to add a little bit of beauty and functionality to your yard. With a little imagination and a lot of work, you can make your backyard oasis safe, clean, and above all, happy.