3. Now, step three may seem obvious. You would think it would be “dump the beautiful brightly colored plastic balls into the pool” but you would be oh, so wrong.
Here’s where things went bad. I dumped the balls into the pool and the loud plastic on plastic noise scared the crap out of Piper.
Optional step three: Place a towel in the pool and place the balls carefully atop the towel so as not to offend your overly sensitive dogs
4. You would logically think that step 4 would be “Sit back, relax and watch as your dogs frolic happily in their new ball pit for hours of entertainment” but again, you’d be wrong. All three of my dogs stared at the ball pit, stared at me and stared back at the ball pit.
This went on for several minutes when I got the bright idea to toss some dog treats into the pool at which point Simon leapt into the pool, sending balls flying as he inhaled all the treats in 2.2 seconds. Zora leaned over the edge and grabbed a treat or two but once the treats were gone, Simon and Zora had zero interest in the pool.
Simon in the “ball pit” mainlining treats
After I had placed a towel in the bottom of the pool (see "Optional Step 3 above) and added more treats and some favorite toys, Piper was finally enticed to check out the pool. However, there was no digging or joyous “swimming” through the balls.
Piper searching for treats and showing no interest in playing with the balls
So, was the DIY ball pit experiment a total fail?
Pretty much, yes. While none of my dogs had the slightest bit of interest in playing with the ball pit as an actual ball pit, I did learn that everyone has a different definition of “crush proof”