5 DIY Pool Floaties Your Dog Will Love

Updated: May 03, 2023

If your dog is always whining to join you in the water, why not make them a DIY pool floatie or dog raft?

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Crafty Water Raft pool noodle dog
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Crafty Dog Raft

This easy DIY pool floatie for your dog is a fun water raft that won’t deflate. To make it, you’ll need five large pool noodles (4-1/2-inch diameter ), 2 medium-sized noodles (2-1/4-inch diameter), 6 ft of 1/2-inch PVC pipe and 36 feet of nylon cord. Here are even more pool noodle hacks that will improve your life.

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Floatie Runway

Rummy’s Beach Club in Spring, Texas may not specialize in DIY dog floaties, but the company, which offers private swimming for you and your dog, sure knows how to make one heck of a floating runway! Overlapping floating mats in the pools, from one length of the pool to the other, are a great way to have some fun with your canine.

If you like DIYing for your dog, you might enjoy these 14 adorable DIY dog beds.

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Stacked Pool Entry Mats

“We have tried many pool ramps but this works best,” explains Amy Dearborn, in regards to her YouTube video showing off her DIY pool floatie hack for her pup. “Going to add a few more floaties to increase buoyancy. Aleah loves it obviously, as she did not wait one minute to test it out (we were not expecting that!).”

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Plastic Bottle Dog Floatie

Does your small pup need some swimmers? This is a cheap floatie hack that will keep your pup safe and happy. You’ll need several large, empty plastic bottles. Tie a piece of plastic around each one many times in many places, then tie the bottles gently to your dog’s sides. Just be careful the string isn’t too tight! And, as with any of these pool floatie options, you’ll want to make sure you’re supervising your furry friend while they’re in the pool. Speaking of safety, here are 17 tips for pet care and safety.

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Kiddie Pool Floatie

Your kids may be too big for the kiddie pool, but that doesn’t mean you can’t repurpose it for your pup! Toss it in the pool and gently help your dog slide in. They’ll stay wet while floating, no doggy paddling required! YouTube user Faith The Golden proves the idea works swimmingly.