You obviously need to cater to the size of your dog when choosing a paddling pool.
Your dog should be able to easily get into the pool and have enough room when they are in there. Think about how tall they can step over the edge of the pool, and the dimensions of the pool once it is fully erected.
What will they be doing in the pool? If they will be just stepping in and having a splash, it doesn’t have to be as large as if they will be having a real party in there.
You can choose from several different styles:
- Hard Plastic – The strongest model, for dogs who are quite rough with sharp claws or teeth. It will last for long, but depending on the size, could be difficult to store
- Inflatable – Easy to store and use in short term but can easily puncture with claws or even stones on the ground so not ideal for use with dogs
- Collapsible – Better than inflatable as they can still be stored but aren’t as easy to puncture. Still susceptible to tears but should last longer
- Fabric – Often the best for storage overall, but while they are safe to use with water they could take longer to dry so could be prone to damp. It could also tear easily if not on a correct surface
How will it be filled and emptied? Looking for a drainage tap is a great idea as it will make it easier to empty or replace some water. If you will be taking it on holiday or to the park, you may also want to look for handles or storage backs.
The price varies depending on how advanced the pool is. Drainage taps, tougher materials and larger pools will cost more than smaller pools which could last maybe a few uses or which are designed to be a temporary solution to heat waves.