Last Updated on November 15, 2023

Having a pool in your backyard is a great way to beat the summer heat. But if you also have a dog, it can be a challenge to keep them from jumping in, especially if they love the water. When left unsupervised, it only takes a few minutes for a dog to become overly tired and unable to keep its head above water, leading to drowning.

Not only can it be dangerous, but it can also make your pool dirty and difficult to clean. But don’t worry, there are a few things you can do to keep your pup dry and your pool pristine. Keeping your dog out of the swimming pool can be done in one of two ways: physical barriers, and psychological barriers.

Build a Separate Fenced Area

One of the more expensive but also the most effective solutions is to build a separate fenced area around your pool. This is especially true if you have a larger dog that can jump high or needs a lot of space to run around. The fence should be high enough that your dog can’t jump over it and separate enough from the pool so that your pet can’t swim from the outside. There are some fences that are made specifically to keep your dog out, and are therefore only temporary fences, easy to remove when you want to swim. However, if you have children or if there are children in your neighborhood, it may be a good idea to install a more permanent fence around your swimming pool for more than just your pet. You can also make this area more fun by adding toys, grass, and shade to make it a comfortable space for your pooch. 

Invest in a Pool Cover

A pool cover is an excellent way to keep the pool clean and protect your pet from drowning. A safety cover should be sturdy enough to hold your pet, while a solar cover will keep the water warmer and cleaner. With a pool cover, you can keep your pool safe and your dog comfortable. Using a combination of fence and pool cover may be necessary. A pool cover also has the advantages of keeping other debris out of your pool. There are different types of pool covers, and some of them are made specifically for dogs.

Additional Security

Pool covers are also useful as an additional layer of security around the pool area. This is particularly important if you have a curious dog who likes to explore and could otherwise wander too close to the pool. By securing the pool area, you can prevent your pet from accidentally falling in and ensure that they are safe.

Energy Savings

Aside from its primary function of safety, pool covers can also help you save money on energy. Pool covers help to regulate the temperature of the pool water by keeping it warm during colder months and reducing evaporation during hotter months. This means that you can enjoy your pool for longer, while at the same time reducing energy usage and costs.

Reduced Maintenance

Pool covers can also help reduce the time and money that you spend on pool maintenance. By keeping debris and dirt out of the pool, pool covers can help prolong your pool’s life span and reduce the need for cleaning, saving you time and money in the long run.

Train Your Dog to Stay Away From the Pool

You can also train your dog to stay away from the pool by teaching them a command like “No” or “Stay away.” Use positive reinforcement methods like rewards and treats to encourage good behavior. It’s also essential to supervise your dog when they are outside and keep a close eye on them if you notice any signs that they want to jump in. More important is consistency. With inconsistent rewards for bad behavior, your dog’s poor habits will cement.

Provide Alternative Activities for Your Dog

If your dog still wants to be near the water, you can provide other activities to keep them occupied such as playing fetch or tug of war. You can also add a kiddie pool, a sprinkler, or a doggy water fountain nearby to give your pet an alternative water source. These activities will keep your dog entertained and happy without endangering themselves or the pool.

Get a Pool Alarm for Added Safety

Consider getting a pool alarm that will sound an alert when anything falls or jumps into the water. This can be especially useful if you have a larger backyard or aren’t close by. Make sure to choose an alarm that is loud enough and has a long-lasting battery life.

There are different types of pool alarms available on the market. However, they all operate with the same primary function: to alert you when someone or something enters the water. These alarms can pick up on changes in the water’s motion, such as ripples or waves generated by a pool party or, in our case, a pet jumping in. Some alarms even have detection systems in the water, such as pressure or infrared sensors, that work together to determine if someone or something is in the pool.

One feature that distinguishes pool alarms from other types of home security alarms is that they are typically designed to differentiate between different types of disturbances. For example, some pool alarms are programmed to only react to objects weighing at least 18 pounds, while others are sensitive enough to pick up on smaller objects such as a furry friend of lesser weight. This means you can set your alarms according to your pet’s size, reducing the chance of false alarms.

So how do these alarms communicate with you when they detect something out of the ordinary? Some pool alarms come with remote receivers, which sound an alarm inside your home when triggered. Others may use a Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection to send a notification to your phone, allowing you to quickly respond if your dog is in danger.

It’s also worth noting that not all pool alarms are pet-friendly. Some alarms may not be able to differentiate between animals and objects, while others may emit high-pitched sounds that may distress or even harm your furry friend. To ensure your pool alarm is pet-friendly, look for ones that specify such features on the packaging or from the manufacturer.

Childguard’s Mesh Dog Fencing

A Safe and Secure Barrier

Childguard’s mesh fences with pet resistant mesh is strong enough to keep your dog inside or outside of the pool area, designed to prevent any harmful accidents from happening.

What is Pet-Resistant Mesh

Pet-resistant mesh fences provide extra protection for dogs that are curious or have a strong instinct to enter environments they’re not supposed to. Dogs can get playful or restless when left alone outside and without proper supervision, they may go near the pool area even when they’re not supposed to. Childguard’s pet-resistant mesh is exceptionally sturdy, featuring smaller holes that effectively deter dogs from clawing through. This robust design ensures that your pets are discouraged from entering the pool area, providing peace of mind even when you’re not around.

Durability and Longevity

Our mesh pet fences boast a remarkable lifespan, built to withstand adverse weather conditions and external factors like rust and UV light damage. Childguard’s dog fences are crafted from top-quality, durable materials, ensuring their ability to endure harsh weather conditions and serve you reliably for years to come.


Childguard’s mesh pet fences have gained immense popularity among pool owners, primarily attributed to the exceptional customizability they offer. Recognizing that every pool and property is unique, we understand that one-size-fits-all solutions might not meet your specific safety and security needs. This is where our mesh dog fence excels, as it can be meticulously customized and tailored to perfectly align with the distinct dimensions of your pool and property, offering a range of heights and colors to choose from. This unparalleled level of customization significantly enhances the fence’s protective capabilities, guaranteeing that your pool area is comprehensively secure for your dogs.


Most useful to you will be a combination of these barriers. Especially when you’re first making the effort to train your dog to stay out of the pool, you’ll want to have a physical barrier to help you train her consistently. What combination you use should depend most strongly on whether or not it’s ever appropriate for your dog to enter the pool. If you decide that you do want to allow your dog to swim, you might consider training them; not to swim in your pool but take them other places where there is water where he might be allowed the exercise. You might also get a smaller plastic pool just for them. However, if your dog does not bark out of frustration when he doesn’t get what he wants, a fence is probably your best and easiest option.