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Is It OK For My Dog To Swim In Our Swimming Pool?

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, Jun 05, 2015

Pets In The Pool

It is that time of year again!  When we are surrounded by the sights and sounds of summer and every member of the family is enjoying Living Poolside.  Often, the “family” includes our pets.  It may sound surprising but, not all dogs are fond of the water.  If you are a pool owner with pets, a bit of proper planning will go a long way to ease your mind and keep your pet safe & happy poolside this summer.

1)  Give him a gradual introduction into the pool.  Holding him snugly, slowly walk into the water. Let him get wet a little at a time and eventually allow him to swim to the exit. Make it a positive experience with lots of encouragement and praise.  NEVER toss your pet into the pool.

2)  Teach proper swimming technique. Dogs will instinctively paddle when submerged in water.  As with any inexperienced swimmer, many dogs try to rely on their front legs and do little with their rear legs. This results in an almost vertical swim technique as well as a great deal of splashing.  It’s exhausting and your pet can easily become over-tired this way. Practice will help improve their skill.

3)  Dogs do not have good depth perception.  Use a large potted plant to mark the pool steps and make sure he associates the plant as the exit marker. No steps?  Then you may want to provide a non-slip ramp. Spend sufficient time training him to enter an exit the pool either by steps or using the ramp. 

4)  Life jackets give your dog the extra ability to stay buoyant. Muscle bound breeds like bully breeds exert more energy due to their weight and can tire more quickly.  Breeds with short legs may not swim as proficiently.  Be mindful of your breed’s body type and consider the use of a life jacket.

5)  Keep safety floatation devices nearby, just in the case. If your dog gets into trouble, a life preserver attached to a long line is the best course of action to take. Dogs panic easily in the water when trouble hits, and a panicked, flailing dog can be difficult to assist. Get the dog to grab out to the preserver first and try to pull him in closer before physically trying to help him out of the water. 

6)  Training your dog to be obedient poolside is a must. Train them to “Wait” at the pool’s edge or to always use the steps or the ramp. Also teach that the “Come” command is universal and applies to the pool as much as it does to dry land. 

7)  A dog’s nails can quickly wear down as they excitedly race around the pool’s exterior. Keep a watchful eye on the nails as well as the pads of their feet. Repeated launching from pool steps can wreak havoc on paw pads; especially if your dog spends most of their time on grass. 

8) Always keep plenty of fresh water around so your dog can drink without attempting to drink from the pool. You will want to make sure you give your dog many opportunities to relieve himself after a swim as he is likely to ingest water while he is in the pool and may need to urinate more often. 

9) Remember that a dog's skin is sensitive to the sun.  Sunscreen applied to pink or white exposed skin will help prevent sunburn.  Rinse your dog off after a swim.  This will help to remove chlorine and other pool chemicals from their coat. Also take care not to let your dog sit in a wet collar as hot spots can develop. Be mindful of areas where water can collect, like ears, groin, and armpits and work to prevent moisture-induced infections by towel drying those areas well. 

10) Unless your pool cover is solid and strong enough to support your weight, do not leave it on when your dog is unattended near the pool. If your dog needs to spend time in the yard unsupervised, a pool fence should be in place. 

From the point of view of pool maintenance, an average sized dog is equal to three humans so, pets in the pool will require you to be extra vigilant with monitoring and cleaning but should not overly impact your equipment.  Discussing this and any questions you have about wear and tear on pool finished with your swimming pool builder in advance to prevent any suprises.  

As with all family members, it is a good idea to check with your medical professional before adding new activites to your routine and swimming is no different.  Discuss plans for your dog with your vet before allowing him to spend time swimming in your pool.  Weight and age should be considered as well as your pet’s activity level and your veterinarian will be able to guide you best. 

We wish you and all your family members happy and healthy days enjoying an active lifestyle of Living Poolside!  

 

                  

Tags: Pets and Swimming Pools, #SummerIsComing, Master Pools Guild

Staying Cool as a Cucumber Poolside

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, May 29, 2015

Cucumber Water

Water infused with cucumber has long been served at day spas, health clubs and many of the world’s most exclusive resorts.  Its popularity has grown largely due to its health benefits and great taste. The basic cucumber water recipe contains just two ingredients:  Cucumber and water.  Simple but oh so refreshing!  Here’s a quick how to: 

Cucumber Water Instructions 
1. Slice a cleaned, peeled cucumber into slices of ½ thickness (unpeeled can be used if that is your preference)
2. Combine cucumber slices in a pitcher of water and top with ice. The slices tend to float and the ice will help to keep them submerged.
3. Allow to sit for at least an hour. (Best results if allowed to sit overnight in the refrigerator.) 
Alternative:  Purchase a fruit infusing water pitcher.  The pitcher holds the cucumber slices in an internal fusing chamber. 
Whether using an infusing pitcher or a regular glass or clear plastic pitcher they all look fantastic and will encourage poolside family and friends to drink more water and stay hydrated in style. 
Refill the pitcher as needed.  One pitcher can be refilled several times over the course of a day and the cucumbers will continue to flavor the water.  Discard your cucumbers (or devour them) after 24 hours. 

Benefits of Cucumber Water

  • Keeps you hydrated.
  • Helps flush and detox your body.
  • Keeps you feeling more full so you don’t eat as much.
  • Reported to increase metabolism (which can aid weight loss).
  • Helps your skin & muscles – The silica in cucumbers helps the skin stay soft and smooth and also helps your muscle tissues stay healthy. It’s a great choice if you’ve added a strength training regimen to your healthy lifestyle, or if you want to make sure that your muscles have all of the nutrients needed to function at their best (a must for swimmers). A daily glass of cucumber water makes a great contribution to the overall health of your body in general.
  • Known as a “superfood”, which basically means they’re very nutrient rich and good for you.  Cucumbers are a great source of vitamin B and rich in potassium and magnesium (which may help to lower blood pressure).   
More Cucumber Water Ideas
The mild flavor of cucumbers can be paired with many different fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Here are a few combinations to consider:
Cucumber & Lemon
Cucumber & Mint
Cucumber & Lime
Cucumber & Pineapple
Get creative and try several.  Here's to your finding your favorite cucumber combination and keeping your family and friends hydrated and loving the life of living poolside this summer!
 

Tags: entertaining by the pool, Fitness & wellness, swimming and fitness, Easy Poolside Recipes, Food & Fun, #SummerIsComing, Family Fitness, Family Outdoors, Celebrating Poolside, Cucumber water

Food For Thought...And Weekends Spent Living Poolside

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, May 22, 2015

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Many of us are busy planning for a holiday weekend and excited at the thought of possibly having an extra day to spend poolside.  Here are a few ideas that may help you simplify your planning while still adding a splash of holiday feel to your weekend: 


Keeping It Simple

Grilling or a BBQ by the pool has become more than a summer/holiday tradition, for many of us, it is a way of life.   Hamburgers (beef, turkey or veggie) and hotdogs with the fixings are a simple, fast & easy way to feed family & friends.  Gather & prepare fixings in advance (slice tomatoes, onions, lettuce) and store in plastic containers.  Tackling this task in advance will have your fixings ready to go and keep you enjoying the fun.  Plastic cups in holiday colors are an easy and inexpensive way to add a festive splash of color. 

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Ice cream Sundaes make the perfect desert, again, plan ahead and have your toppings ready to go - letting guests create their own masterpiece.  

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Have a little fun with this and include red &/or blue berries and sprinkles and of course, no sundae is complete without chocolate syrup! 

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Layers of Fun  Kids of all ages can have fun making layered iced beverages.   The process is simple, just remember that the liquid with the highest sugar content goes on the bottom.  Follow the directions below and make sure to chill the beverages you will be using in advance!


Red White & Blue Beverages 

POUR EACH LAYER IN SLOWLY 

Step by Step

  1. Refrigerate the drinks before starting so the ice doesn’t melt as you pour.

  2. Fill glass with ice to the top.

  3. Pour the highest sugar content drink first (FYI, this is also the heaviest)

  4. Carefully pour the next highest sugar content drink. You can pour it into the ice or along the side of the glass to reduce splashing/mixing.

  5. Pour the lightest or lowest sugar content drink on top.

  6. Enjoy! 

Red = Cran-Apple juice = 40 grams of sugar this goes in first

White = Pina Colada SoBe  = 25 grams of sugar this goes second

Blue = Cool Blue Gatorade = 21 grams of sugar this goes in third

A little planning & you can keep your weekend festive but fun for everyone!   Here’s to a many weekends spent #LivingPoolside!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Holidays Poolside, poolside snacks, Grilling, celebrate poolside, Food & Fun, #SummerIsComing, Master Pools Guild, Poolside entertaining, Family Outdoors, Celebrating Poolside

#SummerIsComing

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Thu, Apr 23, 2015

#SummerIsComing and we are sharing a little fun, as we count down the days to the official beginging of the season!  Are you a member of "The Watch"?  Take 30 seconds to see....

 

 

Tags: Living Poolside, #SummerIsComing, Master Pools Guild