How to Build a DIY Dog Swimming Pool

Why spend money on a dog pool when you can build one with your own hands? This article will provide you with the steps to creating your DIY dog swimming pool.

By Guest Blogger, Liam Mills

Do you have a dog who loves to swim? If so, then it’s time to take advantage of wonderful weather by making your own DIY dog swimming pool.  Follow these easy steps for instructions on how to build a do-it-yourself pool that will provide hours and hours of fun for both you and your pup.

We’ll also tell you about how to keep the pool clean. Pool test kits will help us with this, which do an excellent job with it.

An in-ground DYI pool for dogs 

An in-ground DYI pool for dogs is a great idea, especially when you live in an area where the ground is hard and can’t dig holes, or it gets sweltering during the summer months. The idea is simple – you need a pool, a space around it, and one or two people to work on the project. 

  • The first thing that comes into our mind when thinking about building a dog swimming pool is digging

We recommend creating a template for this purpose using plywood or pallets (if pallets are not available, ask your friends and neighbors – they might have them and would be glad to help you out). 

  • Next, the sand.

Use a utility shovel to dig out an area where you want your pool and place sand around it, just like putting sand into a sandbox for kids. Then use plywood or pallets again as borders between grass and sand, ensuring they are sturdy enough.

  • The size of a pool is significant as well – make sure that it’s not too large or small for your pet. 

If you have a tiny dog, this might seem like no problem at all, but if you own an English Mastiff, then things can get a bit complicated. 

  • The next step is making sure that the water in your DIY dog swimming pool is clean and safe for dogs to swim in

For it to be clean enough, you will need a pool pump and filter. When choosing the best one to buy, make sure it’s powerful enough to remove all dirt from the water at least once per day.

  • Also, you should build the pool so that no one ever will step on it or fall into it as this can cause injury to your dog and yourself

That is why we recommend using some fencing around the area, just enough so you don’t stumble over something but not too high for a dog to jump over.

Last but not least – make sure that your dog will enjoy spending time in the pool as if it does not like this idea, you might end up hating this project yourself. Some dogs love swimming, others don’t mind getting their paws wet, and others do hate water altogether. Ensure that there is always a way for your dog to get out of the pool if it wants or needs to.

Other dog pool ideas

DIY dog pool steps

Dog pool steps are straightforward. It is a simple process of building up the walls using bricks, stones, or blocks so that water doesn’t spill out and making an opening for your pup to get in and have fun!

To make steps for a dog pool, you need to make a frame first. A standard dog pool should measure about five feet in length and two-and-a-half foot widths for an average-sized pup.

Next, fill up the space between walls using sand or dirt to hold the concrete in place. You can also use cement blocks or bricks for this purpose, depending on what you have at your disposal. 

Once that is done – it is time to take the steps! The number of steps depends on how big your pool is. 

Once you are done – wait for it to dry up and then fill water into it. You can decorate or paint your dog’s new swimming area to make it look nice and colorful.

DIY dog pool ramp

The ramp is an alternative for those dogs that cannot swim. It should be attached to the side of the pool, and it must have a non-slip surface and handrails. The length can vary from one foot up to five feet, depending on your pet’s size and ability.

If you want to ensure that your dog is safe, you should attach the ramp to an inflatable pool or a small wading pool.

How to keep a dog pool clean?

One of the most important aspects of building a DIY dog pool is how to keep it clean. 

Depending on your preferences, you can use different materials for this purpose, but one thing that will always work is lining the bottom with plastic sheeting to prevent contamination. It is not expensive, which makes it a great choice for anybody on a budget. 

Another thing that will help prevent the pool from getting dirty too quickly is using some large rocks or small boulders around its edges as they create “natural barriers” against leaves and other dirt particles floating with water.

If you still think that your pool gets dirty too quickly, consider adding a filter. This is the right way to keep it clean and safe for your pet’s health. You can also prevent constant refilling of water by having an automatic hose hookup in place, so when certain levels are reached, you have fresh water running into it without any extra effort on your part.

Another way to make sure that your pet pool stays as clean as possible is by using a pool test kit. It will help you to test the pH level, chlorine content, and alkalinity. If these are not in balance with each other – your dog pool may have a bad smell or contain harmful bacteria.

In case of any doubts – consult a professional about how to keep a doggy pool clean for a longer time without too much effort on your part.


DIY dog pool is an easy and inexpensive way to make sure your pup gets the exercise he needs during those hot summer months. With some basic construction skills and the right materials, you can build your pet pool in a matter of hours.

about the author

Liam Mills is a Supplier Quality Assurance Manager, expert, and founder of ValueHunta.

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