Dogs, like most humans, love being in the swimming pool / paddling pool. If you are lucky enough to have the space, then a large swimming pool could be a great place to have a lounge about. Pool floats are becoming even more popular with Unicorns, Flamingos, Doughnuts and a whole host of weird and wonderful designs and sizes. But what about our dogs. The Best pool floats for dogs will ensure that your dog and float around the pool by your side. Paddling in a pool can make your dog tired very quickly. Having a float in the pool will take away that strain.
When I first started looking into the best paddling pools for dogs I came across the best pool floats and thought it was a silly idea. The more I researched, the more I understood the practicality of them. Some dogs never know when to stop and will try and swim and swim and swim until they have no more energy. This can then cause a risk to your dog if they don’t take a break. A pool float for your dog can reduce that risk as you can easily put them on to it or they can climb onto it on their own
The best pool floats for dogs make life so much easier. With a small bit of training, you and your pooch can enjoy a nice relaxing day in the pool without the worry of accidents happening. They can also get in the pool when they wish and then get back on to the float. In most cases, the best pool floats for dogs work with children too. So if your dog just doesn’t want to get in the pool today, your child can use the float.
Lets take a look at our top 5 now
Top 5 Best Pool Floats for Dogs
Our number one choice of pool floats for dogs is the PaddlePaws bySwimWays.
Supporting dogs over 65pounds in weight, the paddle paws ia a comfortable, claw resistant, float. The materials used in the PuddlePaws is a strong material which helps keep it claw resistant. The inner section is also spring sewn to provide additional comfort and reinforcement in the float, allowing it to support larger dogs. With a quickly deflate system, you can easily store away the float. The innovative jet valve technology helps to inflate the float quickly also.
Owners of the PuddlePaws are amazed at just how durable the float is. Even when the largest of dogs are using the float for long periods of time, the materials do not show any signs of wear and tear. The material is extremely tough and will not rip or tear in the roughest of surfaces or conditions.
One downfall of the PuddlePaws is the spring in the tubing, the is supposed to help the float keep its shape, however, tends to be the first area of the float that gives way. Others have found the air valve difficult once the float is full and this can cause air to quickly release whilst trying to put the air plug in. If, like me, you have a short temper, then you will quickly get frustrated by this.
Ralph loved this float when we tried him with it and because it was designed for larger dogs over 65pounds then he had so much room. It felt like it would last longer and he looked so comfortable. Completely claw proof, this float is a long lasting float that can be taken anywhere.
Suitable for larger dogs over 65 pounds
Metal springs don’t last long enough making the float quickly go out of shape
Second on the list is the floating chair made by Kelsyus. Suitable for adults up to 17 stone and is also suitable for dogs to sit comfortably. Being one of the best pool floats for dogs it measures a nice 39x39x17inches when completely inflated. Being a floating chair, the comfort is increased with the included back rest.
As the Kelsyus floating chair is a heavy duty float, it is great to support both humans and dogs. If you have a smell dog, like Ralph, then you can sit the dog on your lap whilst using the chairs comfort. This is ideal for keeping your dog nearby whilst floating on the pool. Owners of the Kelsyus have recommended this chair due to the high quality of the chairs materials and the design of it. The chair also allows small amounts of water in to keep it cool.
Also including is a cup holder which has no use to a dog but good use for yourself. Deflating the chair is simple but it is very difficult to completely fold away again and will not be as neat as when first purchased. The price is also ideal and is almost half the price of the other best pool floats for dogs.
Supports humans and dogs
Does not fold away as tidily as when first bought
Next we have the Paws Aboard Pool Float. This large float shaped like a paw is a huge 50×39 inches and suitable for extra large dogs up to 90 pounds. Like all the best pool floats for dogs, the Paws aboard is made from a material that is dog claw resistant, but may not withstand a cats claws. Simple to inflate and deflate plus comes complete with a loop for you to be able to fit a rope.
Paws Aboard have ensured that the float is simple for dogs to get on board. Well trained dogs tend to help each other around the pool by pulling the float along or even race each other.
Current owners of the float have stated that they are surprised how long the float lasts and that even after a few summers, they are still able to use it. Paws Aboard Pool Float have made the design tough and long lasting but also simple and effective for your pet. Helping to reduce hyper active dogs to a calmer state by finding that comfortable place to rest when in the pool. The float can also be hung out to dry when finished.
Always make sure that float is dry before storing away as it can quickly become mouldy or damp smelling. This is one of the major downfalls. Althought the majority of negative feedback is this, it still remains up there as one of the best pool floats for dogs – just ensure you dry it properly.
Supports extra large breed dogs up to 90 pounds
If not dried correctly then can start to form mould and smell damp
Kelsyus return to our list with the Floating Lounger. Similar to the Floating Chair reviewed above apart from the additional footrest that is included allowing for a full relaxing stretch when sitting with your pooch. As the Kelsyus lounger supports weight up to 17 stone, you can easily sit your dog on your lap and relax in your pool or lake and enjoy the nice summer weather. This additional comfort is one of the reasons why customers see it as one of the best pool floats for dogs.
Like the Kelsyus chair, the lounger has a simple inflate and deflate system and also additional clip to attach a rope to so it can be pulled along or attached to a boat. This will help keep the float in reaching distance should you wish to get back on dry land or back aboard. It inflates to a nice 56x38x5.5 inches and allows smalls amounts of water onto the chair to keep it cool. The backrest is also great in supporting people with back issues as it is extremely comfortable.
Kelsyus have tried to keep the chair comfortable by adding a fabric cover on the seat. This prevents your skin for sticking to the plastic section which, when in hot weather, can be uncomfortable and sometimes painful. Although the choice of colours is minimal, the chair does exactly what it is intended too.
Having never seen a float designed so well and so comfortable we had to place this on our best pool floats for dogs list. Even if you do not own a dog it is a great float, but with a dog you can still be comfortable and relaxed and enjoy the great outdoors. Being tough and durable this float supports you and your dog without any hassle.
Supports up to 17 stone humans
Side clips are a little flimsy
Like your classic rubber ring, the River Run by Intex is a cool 53 inches round float with an backrest included. Usually used at water parks in lazy rivers and water slides, this is an extremely comfortable. In the hole of the rubber ring is a mesh allowing for you or your dog to sit comfortable and keep nice a cool when the water splashes up. The ring also comes complete with two handles for you to be able to grab hold and pull your dog along the water.
Dog owners who have bought the River Run found this to be a safe, comfortable float that they could use with their dog or their children and be assured of their safety. As the ring stays cool, you have no doubt that they will remain safe from burning.
An air pump is recommended when trying to blow the ring up as it is quite large and can take some time. Deflating is simple and can take approx. 30 seconds from fully inflated to flat. The ring is also extremely durable and strong and will bump off rocks without puncturing. The material used is high quality and made to last the toughest of conditions.
Being durable, strong and comfortable is the reason why this is one of the best pool floats for dogs. As with any float, you should always ensure there are no punctures or leaky valves before entering the water. A quick test will help you and your dog accustom to the new challenges ahead.
Strong and Claw proof seat
Always check before using as reports have suggest valve can be leaky
Owning one of the best pool floats for dogs makes those days out in the lake, the sea or your large pool a much more enjoyable experience as you can take your dog with you. Safety checks should always be put in place. Check the air stays in the float when inflated. Check the comfortable and coolness of the float. Ensure the heat is not too much before using. Most of all, ensure your dog is trained to stay on the float before heading out into the open waters.
The best pool floats for dogs are a fun accessory that you and your dog will love. Kids also love it when their dog can be brought along to making the day out enjoyable.