Thursday, March 20, 2014

Dogs and Pools: Is It OK to Let My Dog Swim in the Pool?

If you’re one of the many people wondering if it’s OK to let your four-legged friend take a dip in the family swimming pool, you’ve likely noticed that it’s a highly debated issue. There are a couple of different factors that you should consider when deciding if you’re going to say “yay’ or “nay” to dogs in the pool.

During the hot summer months, pet owners want a place for their furry friends to both cool off and burn off some extra energy, without the threat of overheating. Swimming is the ideal hot-weather activity for dogs, and if you’re a pool owner, it seems like a no-brainer to let them jump right in. There are however a couple potential problems, both for your pool and your pet, that can arise if you’re not careful, but with a couple of quick fixes and a little planning ahead, both man and friend can safely enjoy the pool this summer.

Protecting Your Pool


Dog paws have claws and these claws can puncture, scrape or tear your expensive pool liner. Quick fix: The best way to protect against damage to the lining of your pool is to train your dog to use the stairs when getting in and out of the water. You should always be present when your dog is taking a dip, both for the safety of your pool and the dog. Keep dogs from swimming too close to the edge of the pool and from trying to climb out of the pool using anything but the steps.


The biggest debate over dogs in the pool usually stems from all that hair. Yes, it’s true, dogs do have a lot more hair than (most) humans but with a little extra attention, it shouldn’t cause a problem. The main drain and filtration systems of your pool are designed to remove excess hair and particles found floating around in the water. Quick fix: Empty the skimmers a little more often than you normally would. Allowing your pooch to take a swim every once in a while will not cause serious damage to the balance of the water or to filtration systems, as long as you take a little extra care in cleaning them.

Water Safety

Attached to all that hair is a long list of possible pool water contaminants such as dirt, leaves, bugs and fecal matter and is another main point for those who say “nay” to dogs in the pool. However, pool water contaminants, whether brought in by dogs or humans, are counter-acted by pool chemicals like chlorine. Quick fix: Spray down your dog with the hose before letting them get into the pool. A simple pre-swim rinse can help remove not only dirt, leaves and bugs, but also some extra hair, keeping it out of the pool in the first place.

Protecting Your Dog

Skin and Coat

Chlorinated pool water can dry out your dog’s skin just as it can dry out yours. Quick fix: Rinse your dog with the hose after swim time to remove any residual pool chemicals that can cause skin irritation. This is also extremely important as it stops your dog from ingesting too much chlorinated pool water later when he is cleaning himself and licking his fur.


Excess water and moisture can get trapped under those cute, floppy ears and potentially cause an infection. Quick fix: Dry your pooch off after his swim, paying extra attention to the ears. It may also save you from getting drenched when your dog decides it’s time for a shake.

Floatation Devices

Many dogs are natural born swimmers, but not all dogs are. If your dog is not a strong swimmer or is a little timid when it comes to the water, using a doggie floatation device is always a good idea. Available in a variety of sizes, it’s easy to find a perfect fit for your best friend. And, as we said before, it’s always best for you to be present whenever your dog decides to go for a swim.

In the end, the decision whether to let your dog swim in the pool or not comes down to personal preference. Some people say that the risk and extra effort required for sharing your pool with a dog is not worth it, but that is something only you can decide. Be sure to weigh the pros and cons and, most importantly, enjoy your pool this summer!

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Product Spotlight: Jandy ChemLink ORP and pH Interface C1900

The Jandy ChemLink ORP and pH Interface C1900 automatically monitors and controls both the sanitizer level and the pH balance in swimming pools and spas so you can spend less time maintaining your pool and more time enjoying it.

Automatic pool chemical controllers adjust chlorination and pH levels in response to swimmer load, water temperature and Oxidation-Reduction Potential (ORP) – a measurement of organic contaminants in the water. If the ORP or the pH levels fall below a predetermined point during the filtration cycle, the controller activates the chemical feeder, restoring pool water balance to safe and healthy levels.

The Jandy ChemLink C1900 is designed for easy installation and operation from an AquaLink RS or PDA system and is compatible with the following pool chemical feeders:

  • Liquid feed pumps
  • Granular and tablet erosion feeders
  • Ozone generators
  • Salt chlorinators

It is not recommended for use with chlorine gas systems.

The C1900 provides constant monitoring in order to avoid both excessive and insufficient chemical levels in pools and spas. Automated pool chemical systems can help reduce the cost of owning and maintaining a pool or spa because precise dosing and efficient use of chemicals safeguards against unnecessary waste.

The Jandy ChemLink C1900 is versatile, allowing for user customization in order to meet the needs of every pool water system. Multiple feed time and feed delay options, as well as auto alerts and internally programmed safety shut-downs protect expensive equipment and pool systems.

When you purchase the ChemLink kit you’ll receive the following:

  • C1900 ORP/pH Controller
  • Flow Cell with Flow Switch
  • Parts Bag
  • ORP Sensor
  • pH Sensor
  • Manual

The Jandy C1900 ChemLink Interface is now available for purchase at The Pool Guy Store, a leading supplier of swimming pool and spa equipment and supplies. This product qualifies for free shipping.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Product Spotlight: AqquaWALKING Treadmill

Looking for a new exercise routine that’s as fun as it is effective? The AqquaWALKING Treadmill is the perfect choice for a fun, safe workout routine.

Water exercise has become very popular in recent years because the water buoyancy lowers the risk of stress related injuries, especially in the joints, and allows muscles to work their full range of motion. For years now, people suffering with sports injuries and physical limitations have been using aquatic exercise to rehabiliate injured bones and joints, as well as stay fit and healthy, and now the rest of America is learning about this fantastic way to exercise.

Using a water treadmill is especially great for people suffering from soft tissue injuries or arthritis, as the pressure of the water helps provide both resistance and cushioning for the person exercising.

This treadmill was engineered specifically for the water, offering stainless steel construction so it’s long-lasting and requires less maintenance. Instead of using a motor, the belt on this aquatic treadmill is moved by the user pushing down and backwards with their legs, making this treadmill safe under water while also providing more versatility. Users can walk, run or even walk backward. The treadmill comes with rubber wheels for easy transportation, and it folds down when not in use, allowing for easy storage.

For optimal exercise results, place this treadmill in 40-55 inches of water and exercise regularly.

Have you tried aquatic exercise before? What did you think of it? Let us know in the comments!