Every year during August, September, and October, public swimming pools across the country close for the summer, and lucky dogs are welcome to Dog Swim Days to splish, splash, and frolic in the pool before it’s drained for the season. Read on to learn what they’re all about and see if there’s an event near you where your dog is welcome to enjoy the pool.

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!

At many events, there’s more than just dogs taking over the pool or water park – you’ll find games and contests, like the ‘Biggest Splash’ and ‘Coolest Wet Dog’ contests and some events are attended by hundreds of dogs. There are also often vendors with goodies for dogs and animal rescue groups are often on hand with adoptable pets looking for their forever homes.

In many areas, these are annual events that locals (and their pups!) look forward to each year at the close of summer.

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 local event listings.

Check out more ideas for celebrating the end of the summer with your dogs in our article, 25 Ideas for Summer Fun With Your Dog.

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Check out one event, the Splish Splash Doggie Bash at Piedmont Park in Atlanta in from a few years back. It looks like a great time for water-loving dogs!

The Scoop:

Here’s a sampling of 2022 Dog Swim Days across the country and read on to alternatives for getting your dog into a pool to swim.


Boulder, CO

Dog Splash Days
Highlands Ranch Community Center Pool
Saturday, September 10, 2022


Coral Gables, FL

Paws in the Pool
Venetian Pool
Sunday, October 2, 2021


Atlanta, GA

Splish Splash Doggie Bash!
Piedmont Park
Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, 2022


Cedar Rapids, ID

Bever Park Pool
Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7, 2022


Nampa, ID

Pooch Party Stroll and Splash
Lakeview Pool
Saturday, August 27, 2022


Leavenworth, KS

Doggie Splash
Wollman Aquatic Center
Saturday, September 10, 2022


Lexington, KY

Doggie Paddle
Woodland Aquatic Center
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022


Louisville, KY

8th Annual Calypso Cove Dog Swim
Friday and Saturday, September 9 and 10, 2022


Laurel, MD

Doggie Dip Day
Greenview Drive Pool
Saturday, September 10, 2022


Midland, MI

Pooches at the Pool
Saturday, September 10, 2022


Henderson, NV

Doggie Paddle Play Day
Black Mountain Aquatic Complex
Saturday, September 24, 2022


Midwest City, OK

Doggie Paddle
Reno Swim & Slide
Monday, September 5, 2022


Charleston, SC

Dog Day Afternoon
Splash Island Waterpark at Palmetto Islands County Park
Saturday, September 10, 2022

Splash Zone Waterpark at James Island County Park
Saturday, September 10, 2022

Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark at North Charleston Wannamaker County Park
Sunday, September 11, 2022


Greenville, SC

Waggin’ at the Waterpark

Discovery Island Waterpark
Sunday, September 10, 2022

Otter Creek Waterpark
Sunday. September 17, 2022


Hermitage, TN

Pooch Pool Party
Nashville Shores
Saturday, September 24, 2022


Garland, TX

11th Annual Wags & Waves
Hawaiian Falls Garland Park
Saturday, September 17, 2022


University Park, TX

Doggie Splash Day
Holmes Aquatic Center
Saturday, October 1, 2022


Leesburg, VA

Dog Swim
AV Symington Aquatic Center
Saturday, September 10, 2022



DOG SWIM DAY ALTERNATIVES – Year-round swimming for dogs!

If there is no Dog Swim Day in your area and you’d love to get your water (or water-shy) dog into the pool, consider a dog swim club!

Swimming is a great way to exercise, rehabilitate, or just play with your dog. Swim clubs are also ideal for teaching dogs to swim or getting water-shy dogs used to a pool. Some clubs offer group swims with other dogs while others allow you to reserve private pool time for just your pup, or offer staff-supervised swim time.

We found various swim centers, standalone and incorporated into dog daycare or dog training centers, and here are just a few:

San Francisco, CA: The Rex Center
Costa Mesa, CA: The Bone Adventure
Sacramento, CA: Animal Den Pet Resort
San Carlos, CA: Dog Pool Club
Chicago, IL: Doggie Paddle
Garner, NC: Bone Voyage Pet Resort
Spring, TX: Rummy’s Beach Club
Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia Canine Sports Club
Waukesha, WI: K-9 Splash at Think Pawsitive


12th Annual Doggie Plunge

Rockville, MD

Doggie Dip Day

Washtenaw County, MI

Annual Doggie Dive

Papillion, NE

10th Annual Dog Day at the Bay

Corvallis, OR

Dog Day at Osborn Aquatic Center

Bedford, TX

Doggie Splash

Georgetown, TX

K9 Kerplunk Dog Swim

Plano, TX

K9 Kerplunk Dog Swim

Tacoma, WA

Pooch Pool Party

Madison, WI

Capital K9’s Dog Paddle

Salt Lake City, UT

Doggie Day 2019

Alexandria, VA

Annual Doggie Swim Day

Thank you to the City of Fort Collins, CO for the photo taken at one of their dog swim events.