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Calling all dog paddlers

What's it like when more than 200 dogs take to the pool in one afternoon? It's a wet and wild time! Each fall, on the last day of outdoor pool season, Lake Shore Athletic Club opens its pool to our community of dog lovers. This event offers something for every dog: seasoned swimmers can fetch and dive in the big pool while small dogs or inexperienced paddlers can take a dip in the wading pool.

Want to relive all the fun? Check out photos on our Facebook page!

Event Host: Lake Shore Athletic Club
Event Sponsor:
Mud Bay
Date: September 21
Time: 10:000 am - 2:00 pm



Q: Do I have to keep my dog on leash at the event? 
A: Yes and No. Doggie Dive functions like a dog park - with a great big pool in the middle. For the safety of your dog and other guests, we request that your dog is on-leash until he enters the gated pool area. 

Q: How do I register? 
A: Easy! Just show up on the day of the event and complete a registration form! If you want to save time, you can complete the registration form in advance (because it's hard to fill out a form when you have 3 labs on a leash).

Q: Should I bring toys for my dog? 
A: Lakeshore provides lots of tennis balls for some pooltime fun. If your dog has a preferred toy, you're welcome to bring it. Please only bring toys if your dog doesn't mind sharing. 

Q: My dog has never gone swimming before. Can I still bring him? 
A: Of course! In addition to the big pool, there's a smaller pool for small or nervous dogs or dogs who've never been swimming before. We require that all dogs are willing swimmers. Forcing a nervous or frightened dog into the pool will not be tolerated. 

Q: Will there be people there to help my dog if he has a hard time swimming? 
A: We don't provide "doggie life guards" but we do have volunteers in the pool with the dogs to help them in and out and lend a hand to a dog who might be in need of assistance. If you're unsure of your dog's swimming ability, we recommend starting out in the small pool until your dog feels more comfortable. 

Q: Can I swim with my dog? 
A: As fun as that would be, we ask that non-canine event participants to refrain from going in the pool.

Q: I don't have a dog, can I just come and watch? 
A: Unfortunately, no. Due to limited space for the event, we do request that only families bringing their dog attend the event.

Q: Are there chemicals in the pool? Will they make my dog sick? 
A: The pool is treated with standard chemicals to keep it safe and clean. We don't know of any issues of dogs having a bad reaction to the chemicals. We just know they have a great time!

Questions? Contact:

Sam Ellingson
Outreach and Strategic Partnerships Coordinator
[email protected]
(360) 213.2626