Puppies and Spa Covers

     Something for Dog Owners to Consider

You've just bought a new spa cover but your puppy thinks that you've just bought it a nice, big chewable toy.

Spa Covers and dogs under 12 months, don't mix.
It's not that the dog is about to do something really naughty, it just needs to do what puppies do and tear all the vinyl off your cover and chew hunks out of the foam inlays.

You come home and find that your backyard looks like a winter wonderland with chewed polystyrene everywhere. The carcass of your spa cover sits half submerged in your spa. Your dog has no idea why you are screaming.

In the event that a spa cover and a puppy are destined to share the same space, you should consider putting some obstacles between the vinyl and your dog's teeth and paws.
Ironically, the cover will prevent the puppy falling into the spa and potentially
drowning but it's still better to put some kind of temporary or permanent fencing between cover and canine.

You may also consider an animal deterrent spray ( available from pet shops ) or using pepper sprinkled around the cover. Such things are mildly effective and hardly foolproof.

Best idea is to physically separate the dog from the spa by housing it in another part of the house or garden.
Usually after 12 months of age, the dog will no longer attack the cover.
Exceptions might be dogs with psychological issues, such as separation anxiety ( Staffies are particularly prone to adopting this kind of pay-back behaviour ).
"If you think leaving me by myself all day is a good idea, then this should make you think again" ,  signed - The Dog.

At least once a week I receive a call or email from someone who has had their spa cover damaged by a dog.
In the event that you do have a puppy, I hope that you will factor in the
importance of keeping it away from your cover.