Dog Swim Days

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. Note 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 2017 Dog Swim Days across the country.

Boulder, CO

Dog Dayz
Monday to Friday, Sept. 11-22
Saturday, Sept. 16 and 23, Sunday, September 17

Englewood, CO

10th Annual Doggie Plunge
Pirate’s Cove Family Aquatic Center
Saturday, September 9

Parker, CO

Annual Barker Days
Pirate’s Cove Family Aquatic Center
Saturday, September 9


Cedar Rapids, IA

August 12 & 13

Des Moines, IA

Doggie Dive
August 20 – Ashworth, Birdland, Northwest, Teachout Pools
September 4 – Nahas Pool

Lexington, KY

Doggie Paddle
Saturday, September 10

Louisville, KY

Dog Swim
Calypso Cove Aquatic Facility
Saturday, September 9

Rockville, MD

Doggie Dip Day
Saturday, September 9

Washtenaw County, MI

Annual Dog Swim
Saturday, September 9
Sunday, September 10


Papillion, NE

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

Mason, OH

Dog Day
The Beach Waterpark
Sunday, September 10

Charleston, SC

Dog Day Afternoon
Saturday, September 9
Sunday, September 10

Greenville, SC

Waggin’ at the Waterpark
Otter Creek Waterpark
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Bedford, TX

Doggie Splash
Bedford Splash
Saturday, September 9, 2017

Garland, TX

9th Annual Wags & Waves
Hawaiian Falls Garland Park
Saturday, September 9, 2017

Tacoma, WA

Pooch Pool Party

Saturday, September 9

Madison, WI

Capital K9’s Dog Paddle
Sunday, September 10

Harrisonburg, VA

Dog Swim Days
Sunday, August 27

Alexandria, VA

Annual Doggie Swim Day
Friday and Saturday, September 15 and 16

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