It’s that time again, your dog’s most anticipated end-of-the-summer activity – Dog Swim Days! These super fun days are held at local swimming pools and water parks across the country, typically in late-August and early-September. Timed just as the pools are closing for the summer and before they’re drained, it’s the one time of the year when dogs are welcomed to fetch, dog paddle and frolic in the pool. These fun days are not available in all areas, so if you’re lucky enough to have one held nearby, grab your pup and floating toys and go!


At many events, there’s more than just swimming and socializing – you’ll find games and contests, like the ‘Biggest Splash’ and ‘Coolest Wet Dog’ contests at the event hosted by the Capital K9s, Madison, Wisconsin’s Police Department K9 Unit. Over 1000 dogs attended this event in 2011! At some events, you’ll find animal rescue groups with adoptable pets looking for their forever homes, local vendors selling goodies for dogs, and more. Many events charge a nominal admission fee, which is typically donated to animal rescue groups, something your dog would definitely approve of!


If you don’t see an event near you listed below, just search online for “Dog Swim Day” or “Dog Pool” with your city name, ask about it at your local public pool or check dog-related event listings in your area.


If there’s an event in your area that’s not listed below, please add it in the Comments section below!


The Scoop:

St. Petersburg, FL – Dog Swim Day
Saturday, August 25, 2012

Iowa City, IA – 10th Annual Dog Paddle
Wednesday, Sept 5, 2012

Lexington, KY – Annual Dog Paddle
September 8, 2012

Boulder, CO – Dog Dayz
Daily, September 17-30, 2012

Grove City, OH – Soggy Dog Swim
Sunday, September 9, 2012

Trenton, MI – Dog Days of Summer Swim
Saturday, September 8, 2012

Ypsilanti, MI – Annual Dog Swim
Saturday, September 8, 2012

Kirkwood, MO –Dog Swim Day
Tuesday and Thursday, September 4 and 6, 2012

Wilmington, NC – Pooch Plunge
Tuesday, September 4th through Saturday, September 8, 2012

Henderson, NV – Doggie Paddle & Play Day
Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012

Las Vegas, NV – 7th Annual Dog Daze of Summer
Sunday, September 16, 2012

Scarsdale, NY – Annual Dog Days of Summer Dog Swim

Saturday, September 9, 2012

Lakewood, OH – Pooch Pool Plunge

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Greenville, SC – Waggin’ at the Waterpark

Saturday, September 8, 2012

El Paso, TX – Dog Day Swimming Event
Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9, 2012

Salt Lake City, UT – Doggie Swim Day
Saturday, September 8, 2012

Alexandria, VA – Annual Doggie Swim Day
Saturday, September 8, 2012

Northern Virginia, VA – Dog Days Dog Swim
Five water park locations: Centreville, Sterling, Alexandria, Lorton and Arlington

Saturday, September 8, 2012


San Luis Obispo (Templeton), CA – Dog Splash 2012

Friday-Sunday, September 7-9, 2012

Rockwall, TX, Doggie Swim Day
Saturday, September 8, 2012

Madison, WI – Capital K9’s Dog Paddle 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012

Thank you to Thomas Dwyer for the photo taken at the Dog Swim Day in Henderson, NV.