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All of Harrison's posts have reminded me, I need to ask everyone a question.

We are thinking of having an unground swimming pool put in (whenever we dig out from the huge snowbanks and thaw ourselves out for spring and summer LOL.)

Some of the pool installers have been trying to get us to go with a concrete pool, saying that the dogs will likely damage a vinyl liner. Difference in price is astronomical. 

Actually, our boys have never had the chance to go swimming. I don't even know if they will like it.

For those of you who have pools or experience with this, would you get concrete or vinyl-lined?

Do most doodles like swimming? What about if they are older, like Elliott is almost 4, and they have never tried it? Spencer is 18 months and a nut case - he will probably throw himself in without thinking!

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Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on February 5, 2014 at 1:22pm

Kathy we have an in ground concrete pool.  Mark tried to get Pemon in it when he was a pup and I think he scared him and Pemon will not go into the pool.

Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on February 3, 2014 at 10:35pm

Dulcie loves her kiddie pool, but just wasn't interested in my sister's big pool.  She might have gone in if we had, but none of us are big swimmers - it's there mainly for my niece and nephew and they are both college age now, so not around much.

Comment by Isabelle Seiler on February 2, 2014 at 11:49pm
We have a vinyl lined above ground pool that is attached to a deck. THe ladder is screwed on to the deck. We taught Zeke to go in and out of the pool using the pool ladder steps only so we do not have a problem. I also get his nails grinded, not cut so the ends are round. He is 5 now and been swimming since he was a puppy and never had a. problem
Comment by Jeff DeBonis on January 30, 2014 at 2:10pm

We have a inground vinyl lined pool but Teddy has never jumped in and he loves the water.  We just have always told him no and he listens.  We also have a kiddie pool right beside our pool and we call it Teddy's pool and he lives in it.  Friends of our have a labradoodle and he jumps in theirs all the time and swims to the stairs and walks out and they haven't had any liner problems yet.  We were more worry about the chlorine in his coat.

Comment by Harrison, Brodie & Kris on January 29, 2014 at 11:05pm

Plaster is best and is the easiest to take care of. Harrison uses his paws a lot to climb out of the pool and I guarantee that vinyl would not last long at all..

Comment by Beverly and Eli on January 29, 2014 at 9:21am

Whatever you decide, I'm envious! I'm sure you will all enjoy it so much. Eli didn't like the lake, but eventually went into the bay, not swimming though. I think the only reason he liked the kiddie pool was because of the fish graphics on the bottom. Right now swimming anywhere warm sounds so nice.

Comment by Lois - Izzi on January 29, 2014 at 12:40am

concrete with tile...  You don't want the expense of repair with Vinyl over the coming years.

Comment by Catherine & Jasper on January 28, 2014 at 10:35pm
Jasper hates swimming...both in a lake and a kiddie pool...even the sprinkler! I have tried numerous times, to no avail. He doesn't mind a bath though...thankfully. You would think they would all love it, given that they are a poodle/retriever mix!

Sorry I can't help with the pool ? though...

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