My name is Celeste and I raise Pembroke Welsh Corgis in Florida.
Many people that buy Corgi puppies from me have swimming pools and when I found Skamper-Ramp the problem with people worrying about their puppies and pools was solved.
Now I will say, puppies need to be taught how to use Skamper-Ramp but in the Corgi case with them so smart it really doesn't take long.
Skamper-Ramp is an escape ramp: a means of preventing animals and pets from drowning in a water entrapment. It is a "keep it simple stupid" solution to very major problem preventable animal drowning so it is a very simple-looking product. But behind that simplicity is a lot of science and testing. The science is that ALL living beings domestic or wild; bugs, animals, or humans; colorblind or not see at the wavelength that is the color white. As long as the Skamper-Ramp is installed so that a few inches of the "nose" (curved) end are under water and the ramp breaks the waters surface, the animal will see it. The other end of the ramp is like a box top, and it is that "open-box-top" end that must be very snug to a vertical wall -- whether it's a pool, floating or fixed dock, walled pond, spa, stern of a boat, or water troughs in pastures and remote ranchland -- in order to provide the rigidity and stability for an animal to "skamper" out on the ramp.
Skamper-Ramp original versions for animals up to 45 lbs are made from 8mm, chemical- and UV-resistant, rugged, recyclable, box-extruded, polypropylene (a type of heavy-duty plastic) with nylon and stainless steel hardware. Skamper-Ramp Big Dog version is for animals over 45 lbs, most docks and many boats, are made from 10mm, chemical- and UV-resistant, rugged, recyclable, box-extruded, polypropylene with nylon and stainless steel hardware. For this reason they will not yellow or become scummy over time. The ramps come complete with nylon rope, nuts, bolts, washers, and wing strips - as well the two stainless steel d-ring clips for anchoring. After 6 years of research and in-pool testing we have found that the box-corrugated plastic has the longest life-span, is most economical, is lightest weight while providing the greatest strength-to-weight ratio along with robustness, is most reliable, is most versatile to use, and is easiest to assemble.