Parents have found a savvy solution to the never-ending problem of popped paddling pools.

With inflatable pools puncturing so easily, most families find themselves having to splash out on a new one each summer.

Not only is it expensive, it's also annoying - and that's before you've even started blowing the bloomin' thing up.

Fed up with the annual ritual of 'fingers crossed this one lasts', parents have started ditching the inflatables in favour of dog pools.

It might sound a bit bonkers, especially if you've not even got a dog, but orders have been flooding in for the foldable pet pools from weary mums and dads.

The M.E.N's Manchester Family tried one out in the recent heat and found it was big enough for the children and Labrador to all enjoy a paddle together.

With no inflating needed, you simply pull it out, get the water in and away you go.

And we're not the only ones getting in on the act.

The M.E.N's Manchester Family trying out one of the pet pools

Other parents have been sharing their pet paddling pool pictures in the Family Lowdown Tips and Ideas Facebook page after one mum said she was tired of buying an inflatable pool and finding it popped each year.

"Best thing I ever bought," said mum Fiona French, who shared a photo of her daughters Alanna and Jemima playing in theirs.

"It works with a slide too. We have had at least three inflatable pools in the last few years that have always been popped by the dogs," she added.

Fiona French's daughters Alanna and Jemima in their pet pool

Katie Friel's children Isla and Evie also use their pet pool with dog Mavis.

She said: "We've saved so much money by having this instead of an inflatable. I have friends that have bought them after seeing mine that don’t even have dogs. They fold up easily too."

Katie Friel's children and dogs all use the pool
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And Anna Lacey said hers has been a godsend.

"We actually have the Little Tikes slide going into it at the moment, which I wouldn't do with an inflatable," she said.

"I leave it out all summer without worrying about it getting damaged. Also it's much easier to fold and pack away and when storing it in the shed isn't eaten by mice like the inflatables."

Anna Lacey's son making a splash in his pool

The Rosewood Cool Down Foldable Dog Pool is a web exclusive product from Pets at Home - priced £50 large, £38 medium and £28 small.

Similar products are available elsewhere from retailers including Amazon, eBay, B&M, Wayfair and more.

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