Dogs around town are practicing their dog paddle strokes and searching for floating toys, all in preparation for upcoming Dog Swim Days. Finally, dogs get to take over the pool or water park!

Just as local swimming pools across the country are closing for the summer season, lucky dogs in some areas are invited to splish, splash and frolic in the pool before it’s drained for the season.

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 and some events are attended by hundreds of dogs! You’ll also find everything from vendors with goodies for dogs to micro-chipping clinics and more. Even better, many events charge a nominal admission fee, which is typically donated to animal rescue groups, and animal rescue groups are often on hand with adoptable pets looking for their forever homes.

If you don’t see an event near you listed below, just google “Dog Swim Day” or “Dog Pool” with your city name or ask about it at your local public pool or check doggie event listings.

Please add details about events in your area in the Comments section below. More dates will be added here soon since some locations with annual events have not yet posted their event dates.

Check out one event in Corvallis, Oregon from a few years back – looks like a great time for water-loving dogs!

The Scoop:

Here’s a sampling of 2019 Dog Swim Days across the country.

Paso Robles, CA

Dog Splash Days
Templeton Community Pool
Saturday and Sunday, September 7 and 8

Boulder, CO

Dog Dayz – on hiatus for 2019

Englewood, CO

12th Annual Doggie Plunge
Pirate’s Cove Family Aquatic Center
Saturday, September 7

Parker, CO

Annual Barker Days
H2O’Brien Park Pool
Saturday, September 7

Washington, DC

Doggie Swim Day
Upshur, Randall, Francis Pools
Date TBD – September

Coral Gables, FL

Paws in the Pool
Venetian Pool
Sunday, October 6

Cedar Rapids, IA

K9Splash!
Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11

Des Moines, IA

Doggie Dive
August 18 – Ashworth, Birdland, Nahas, Teachout Pools
September 2 – Northwest Pool

Lexington, KY

Doggie Paddle
Saturday, September 7

Louisville, KY

Dog Swim
Calypso Cove Aquatic Facility
Friday and Saturday, September 6 and 7

Rockville, MD

Doggie Dip Day
Saturday, September 7

Washtenaw County, MI

Annual Doggie Dive
Saturday and Sunday, September 7 and 8

Papillion, NE

10th Annual Dog Day at the Bay
Papio Bay Aquatic Center
Sunday, August 18

Reno, NV

Pool Pawty
Papio Bay Aquatic Center
Sunday, August 25

Midwest City, OK

Doggie Paddle
Reno Swim & Slide
Monday, September 2

Mason, OH

Dog Day
The Beach Waterpark
Sunday, September 8

Corvallis, OR

Dog Day at Osborn Aquatic Center
Osborn Aquatic Center
Saturday, October 5

Charleston, SC

Dog Day Afternoon
Saturday, September 7 at Splash Island Waterpark at Palmetto Islands County Park
Sunday, September 8 at Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark at Wannamaker County Park

Greenville, SC

Waggin’ at the Waterpark
Otter Creek Waterpark
Saturday, September 21

Hermitage, TN

Pooch Pool Party
Nashville Shores
Saturday, September 21

Bedford, TX

Doggie Splash
Bedford Splash
Saturday, September 7

Garland, TX

9th Annual Wags & Waves
Hawaiian Falls Garland Park
Saturday, September 7

Georgetown, TX

K9 Kerplunk Dog Swim
Georgetown Recreation Center Outdoor Pool
Saturday, September 7

Plano, TX

K9 Kerplunk Dog Swim
Oak Point Recreation Center Outdoor Pool
Sunday, September 8

Tacoma, WA

Pooch Pool Party
Date TBD – September

Madison, WI

Capital K9’s Dog Paddle
Saturday, September 8

Salt Lake City, UT

Doggie Day 2019
Liberty Park Pool
Saturday, September 7

Alexandria, VA

Annual Doggie Swim Day
Friday and Saturday, September 20 and 21

Thank you to Thomas Dwyer for the photo taken at the Doggie Paddle and Play Day at Black Mountain Recreation Center in Henderson, Nevada.