Not another heatwave! Unlike their humans, our furry friends don’t have the same adaptability to hot summer days. That is why they face the brunt of the sunny days that are so much enjoyed by us.
You might be looking for a dog paddling pool to ease your pup suffering or perhaps you want to add a dash of fun to their excited lives.
However, with so many options out there which is the best for your pooch?
Don’t worry we got your back. With this guide we’ll review the best dog paddling pools in the UK saving you time and money. So, sit back and have a read to find out the dog pool for your four-legged hyper-hot friend.
Don’t have the time to read the whole guide? No worries. Here are the top 3 dog paddling pools our experts choose:
Our top picks
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Top 6 Dog Paddling Pools
Before we dive into how to choose a dog swimming pool and what to watch out for, we present you the cream of the crop, the best dog pools reviewed right away.
The pecute paddling pool is effortless to set up and keeps hot dogs cool when temperatures soar.
You'll like that because the mobile pool isn't inflatable, it’s less likely to burst if your pet claws or scratches the PVC material. You also won’t spend half an hour inflating the product as your impatient pooches wait to swim.
Always err on the side of caution by cutting your pet's nails before they dive in because tears could occur if their toenails are too long.
During cold or rainy days or winter, the pecute pool doubles as storage for your pet's toys or assorted odds and ends.
Another feature that makes this product different is the 0.5cm density slotted fibreboards. They're thick and help keep the pool steady and upright when filled with water, pets and people.
Draining and filling the product couldn't be easier with the help of an in-built drain plug and adaptor. However, some users mention that you'll need to drain the water at an angle, which can be labour-intensive.
The non-slip inner lining gives pet parents peace of mind knowing their animals won't hurt themselves or lose their balance while having fun.
- Extra-large, foldable swimming pool for dogs with non-slip bottom
- Constructed from premium PVC Material + 0.5 cm fibreboards
- Features quick drain plug and adapter
- Item dimensions: 160 x 30 cm
- Available in blue or green
What we liked
- Can be used as a bathtub or storage unit
- Dense fibreboards keep the pool upright
- Easy to fold up and put away
- Non-slip inner lining prevents sliding
- Draining takes time and energy
This product is another non-inflatable paddling pool for dogs that make those long summer days bearable.
The pool is quick and easy to fill using a hose or by placing it directly under a tap. The PVC cover is wear-and-tear-resistant, making it difficult for excitable pets to scratch or leave behind bite marks that spring leaks.
When your dogs are done swimming or bathing, use the drainage valve to empty the pool - simply open the device by rotating it. Before playtime is over, however, the plug will remain tightly shut, preventing spillage or leaks from putting a dampener on the fun.
Besides a pool, the package features other items, including a pet brush. This accessory could be handy to have around if you're using the pool to wash down a dirty, scruffy pet.
We like that the pool is lightweight, portable and can be folded back into a nifty bag. No need to wait around because your paddling pool won't be deflating! Not just reserved for home use, you can take the GoStop with you on trips for your pets and children.
Like other paddling pools, this one is a great storage device for your pet's toys, food or other paraphernalia. It can even be used as a makeshift sandpit for pups who like to dig (better than having your precious plants dug up!) or as a fun activity to keep kids busy.
The thick fibreboards and high-strength crimping featured on this paddling pool make it robust and able to hold its shape well even under the substantial weight of water and playful pups.
The anti-slip bottom supports dogs and kids, preventing accidents from happening as they jump into the pool and play around.
- Extra-tough, high-quality swimming pool and tub for pets
- Made from durable and non-toxic PVC material
- Includes built-in, high-strength fibreboard
- Additional features: storage bag and pet brush
- Item dimensions: 120 x 30 cm
- Available in blue
What we liked
- Long-lasting - wear and tear-resistant
- Has multiple uses
- Includes a nifty bag for storing and carrying
- Not indestructible against long claws, chewers and rough housing
Fun for kids and pets of all sizes, this Toozey Foldable Pool is designed for hot weather.
You'll love how easy setup is and the simplicity of folding up the pool once playtime is over. There isn't a set of instructions included, but you'll likely find the assembly relatively straightforward.
Because you can fold up the pool afterwards, you won’t have it dominating your living spaces and getting in the way.
You can use the pool in different spaces other than your lawn or bathroom - it's portable and can be carried around in a waterproof bag. Take it with you on trips for your puppy and kids wherever you go!
You can use the pool for cleaning and other purposes, making it worthwhile to have around if you have big dogs or don't want dirty canines tracking dirt through your house.
The outer coverage, made from eco-friendly PVC material, is resistant to scratches, punctures and tears, but just in case, a repair patch kit comes included.
Thanks to features like high-quality crimping and slotted wood boards, the pool's walls are well constructed, robust and stable when filled with water.
Be careful using the pool without water - for example, when constructing a ball pit. The walls could cave in unless you fill the pool with hundreds of balls.
The drainage port presents minor issues. It's positioned too high up, which can make draining an effort. Secondly, the hole is too large for a hosepipe to fit through.
This may cause water flooding and wastage. You can remove pool water with a bucket, but this could prove quite labour intensive.
The non-slip floor ensures you or your dog don't slip or fall if the base gets slippery. While swimming, the non-slip bottoms prevent accidents by keeping your pet safe as they jump in and out of the pool.
- Small paddling pool for dogs made from eco-friendly PVC
- Features a drainage port on the side and non-slip base
- Includes a cover bag and repair patch kit
- Item dimensions: 80 x 20 cm
- Available in blue and grey
What we liked
- Easy to assemble and pack away
- Non-slip design for care-free play
- Drainage port could have been positioned lower
Pawhut designs pet swimming pools ready to use immediately - no more blow-up pools that take several minutes to inflate fully!
Size-wise, it can fit small, big dogs and canine companions comfortably.The sides also provide sufficient height, allowing pet owners to fill the pool to a reasonable depth for optimal enjoyment. Your dog should be able to submerge itself in water based on its size.
Once you're done with the pool, you can neatly fold the boards away together and pack them away - either in storage or the boot of your car. The portable pool is the perfect accessory and form of entertainment on a pet-friendly holiday.
Although this pool is an all-in-one product for different activities, the pool's walls require tension to continue standing. Whether it’s used for swimming, digging or another kind of play, make sure you fill the pool with enough of the intended material, e.g. sand, balls or water, to stop it from collapsing.
If you don't have an outdoor area or a yard, it's not a problem! The pool can fit in the bathroom for quick dips and dog washing.
- All-in-one swimming pool and bath for dogs
- Made from non-toxic PVC shell and high-density fibreboards
- Designed for indoor and outdoor use
- Has an anti-slip and durable bottom with built-in drainage
- Available in red and dark blue
What we liked
- Big enough for different size dogs and people
- Suitable for multiple uses including swimming
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Walls aren’t stable when empty
This is a swimming pool fit for dogs, kids and the occasional duck!
However, the trouble with its large size is that it can be difficult to carry and set up if you're one person, so make sure you have someone helping you.
Because of its largeness, the pool takes time of up to an hour to fill, so wait before getting your pets excited about swimming.
This pool enjoys indoor and outdoor use, but keep an eye out for sharp materials that could puncture the pool's bottom.
The joy of having this pool is that it folds into a portable size for easy storage and travelling. You might need a carrier to cover the pool because the pool walls sometimes unfold.
The PVC sides are cold-resistant, UV-protected and durable against dog teeth and claws. However, if walls break or develop holes, the pool includes four additional PVC covers as replacements.
The sides are a good height for any swimmer (two or four-legged) getting in and out without difficulty.
Cleaning is a breeze that shouldn't take much time, but you'll need to keep up with regular maintenance.
There's also the option to convert the pool into a tub for easier bathing. A free brush comes with the pool for easy grooming.
Emptying the pool water via the twist-off drain is quick and fast - you can either pour into the drain or save it to water your garden later. Simply tip the bottom of the pool to remove the last dregs at the bottom.
- Portable and foldable
- Made from waterproof PVC
- Walls constructed with rectangular MDF fibreboards
- Available in various sizes
- Bonus features: a brush and 4 PVC covers
What we liked
- Suitable for various animals and kids
- Large pool size
- Dual-use for bathing, storing and playing
- Durable sides are weather-resistant and fairly dog-proof
- Sometimes unfolds
- Takes awhile to fill
Looking for a resilient pool that may survive your pet's chewing? The Wimypet dog's swimming pool is made from tough materials, including reinforced PVR walls and a thick bottom.
You can position the pool on the terrace or the lawn, but keep away from sharp objects!
The textured bottom also keeps pets and kids on their feet during play and deters pets from trying to dig holes!
The extra-thick dense wood board encased within the PVR material gives the pool its sturdy shape but could fold in if you don't fill the pool with water to the recommended level. With the pool needing to be deep enough to stay upright, we recommend that you supervise smaller pets during play.
The reinforced edges might be difficult for pets to sink their teeth into, but it's pretty soft and won't hurt their mouths if they try! Also gentle on the skin of human swimmers!
Like many products made from plastic, the pool might have a clinical smell when it's first taken out of its packaging. Make sure to air it out before using the pool - the scent shouldn't linger.
If your dog is not a water baby but you need a big bath to wash them off, then this pool converts into a tub for smelly mutts. It's big enough for you and your pet during bathtime.
After a swim, folding up the pool requires some heavy lifting because the walls are quite solid to carry. However, once the job is done, you can tuck it into any space thanks to its compact size. Dogs will love the free Frisbie that comes with the pool, making swimming extra fun and promises to extend playtime.
- Covered with PVC composite fabric
- Features thickened wood board for longer play
- Comes with a frisbee
What we liked
- Can be used on all soft floors
- Can survive the elements and most dogs
- Textured bottom guarantees safe play
- Heavy to carry
How to choose a good dog paddling pool?
Many dog owners lack the knowledge of what makes a dog paddling pool good. Certain features can make or break this product, and once you know about it, you can make an informed decision.
So, what features makes a dog swimming pool great?
The feature that customers look for when buying a dog swimming pool is if it’s durable or not. A product cannot be thought of as good unless it is durable and long-lasting.
Dog pools tend to develop leaks early on due to being used by playful dogs. It should be scratch-resistant and durable so that leaks don’t occur easily.
Most dog owners are willing to pay top price for a product that can last long. At the end of the day, I wouldn’t want to end up paying twice and my guess is neither would you.
So the first task in the list is to check whether it’s made of durable and healthy materials or not.
Choosing one made from safe materials
In addition to build quality, you're better off with a scratch resistant material. If your pooch is a seasoned scratcher, a flimsy cover will get both the pool and your wallet dented.
What materials are there?
PVC: Heavy duty PVC is both tough and flexible. Most easily foldable dog paddling pools will be made of PVC.
Polyurethane: This durable polymer is great at resisting your master-scratcher.
With size your first step is to decide why you want the dog pool. Is it for your pooch to be immersed in cold water, also splash or actually swim in it? It actually depends on your dog’s size.
For a large dog, you may not have much of a chance for them to swim. However, a large pool for a small sized dog could be used for immersing or actually swimming.
Designed for ease of use
The design of a dog swimming pool is another important aspect. A product that can fold easily will add more convenience, and therefore be a good reason purely due to ease of use.
The best dog swimming pool should be easy to set up, and once your dogs have finished using it, it should be easily folded up.
Is it portable?
Dog swimming pools that are made with good-quality PVC materials are lightweight, and thus they can easily be carried around. Probably your pooch couldn’t care less, well my Jasper doesn’t at least, but it makes life a lot easier for dog owners.
Portability is important for this product as it enables the user to have greater flexibility. If it isn’t heavy, then it can easily be carried around while travelling.
A portable dog swimming pool can be set up across a wide range of locations, be it indoors or outdoors. That is why customers love a portable pool as it gives them greater choices.
It’s important to find out how much water your chosen dog pool can contain. Too big of a pool and your garden is good for flooding and too little is no fun for your pup.
Benefits of having a dog pool
There are many advantages to having a dog swimming pool. The main one though is that it helps our furry friends to enjoy the warm outdoors during summertime whilst cooling them.
As mentioned earlier, most breeds of dogs such as Siberian Husky are not accustomed to high temperatures and it’s paramount to provide them an environment to cool down.
In addition to a dog pool which is enjoyed outdoors, you could also consider a dog cooling mat to keep your pup from overheating. It can go in tandem with the pool and can be used indoors.
A cooling vest also can be handy if both you and your pooch are keen walkers and still want to keep him cool as a cucumber.
Bonding between family members
It also helps them have fun while giving your children another avenue to develop stronger bonds with your pet by letting them play together at the pool.
Additional activity and exercise
If you have a pooch like my Jasper, you’ll enjoy observing their happiness during a splash frenzy. A dog swimming pool adds lots of fun into a high energy activity to keep your pooch healthy. At least to me, that’s priceless.
The element of water is not a daily available to most dogs. As opposed to walking and running a dog pool provides additional stimuli which will keep your pooch’s mind active.
Below is a list of general questions that most buyers have before buying a dog swimming pool.
Ideally, a dog swimming pool that has dimensions in the range of 150 cm by 30 cm should be adequate to fit a large-sized dog.
Most dog pools are very easy to clean, especially the best ones that can easily be drained and folded after use. The top picks listed in the article all have good design features that make them simple to clean after use.
The best pools come with sturdy design, so it is hard to make them leak, even if you have a large playful dog.
One pro tip is to trip your dog’s nail before you let them play in the pool so that they can’t scratch the insides of the pool.
All the dog swimming pools come with a plug that is usually placed on the sides of the pool. Once your dog has finished bathing, you can easily unplug and drain out the water quickly.
Canine hydrotherapy is generally used for post operation recovery and serious chronic conditions.
By its design and capacity, most paddling pools won't be large enough for bigger dogs to receive canine hydrotherapy. They're more suited to help your pooch cool his body temperature.
The best dog paddling pool should be scratch and chew resistant, made from non-toxic and safe materials, withstand the water pressure and be deep enough to enjoy splashing around.
Ideally it should make our fury family members’ life more convenient, and help our dogs splash around in water.
All the dog swimming pools reviewed in this article are great products. Some are more suitable for larger dogs whilst others for an energetic puppy. The top pick for us is the Pecute paddling pool due to its amazing features and great price.
Haven't decided yet? Here is the top 6 in a nutshell:
Our Top Picks
- 🐾 【Safe and Sturdy】: Adopted safe and durable PVC material, time...
- 🐾 【Multi-purpose】: This collapsible swimming pool not only can be...
- 🐾 【Convenient Storage】:Just need a few seconds to set up and put...
- ✤【 Safe Durable Pet Dog Swimming Pool】: Pet Bathing Tub is made of...
- ✤ 【Non-slip and Strong Children/ Pet Bathing Tub】: The bottom...
- ✤ 【Portable and Folding Pet Dog Paddling Pool】: The Bath Pool can be...
- ❤ FUN IN THE HOT WEATHER - The dog paddling pool can cooling your pet at...
- ❤ EASY TO SET UP AND FOLD - Toozey foldable dog paddling pool is easy to...
- ❤ SAFE AND EASY TO DRAIN - Our dog paddling pool is made of eco-friendly...
- INDOOR & OUTDOOR USE: This pet swimming pool is designed for dual-use and...
- FOLDABLE: This pet pool is foldable, light and portable, and it can be...
- STABLE: This dog pool is foldable and each block contains wooden boards, so...
- Multiple sizes: There are multiple sizes for options, ranging from big dogs...
- Portable & foldable: This pet pool can be folded into a compact size for...
- Simple to use: Pool wall consists of regular rectangle fiberboards, and it...
- ☂ Various Usage Dog Swimming Pool: Our Pet Bathing Tub is not only can be...
- ☂ High-Quality Material Dog Swimming Pool: Our dog swimming pool is made...
- ☂ Wear-resistant Bottom Dog Swimming Pool: Our dog swimming pool has a...
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