A Few Laps for Fido
The dog park is nice, plenty of area to run and play, but dog pools are where it's at. Areas for dogs to be able to take a dip are growing in popularity. There are various dog parks in nearly every city that have taken advantage of areas that have natural or man-made ponds to allow the dogs to take a swim. Usually the dog park ponds are "use at your own risk". Public pools are also being taken advantage of for a doggy dip. Some community pools will offer the chance for your dog to take a swim during the off season. These events are usually called "dog days" or "drool in the pool" days and are put on to bring some fun and attention to the establishments. The photo above is from a "drool in the pool" event at Fort Carson.
There are requirements to partake in these events however. Typically owners must sign documentation approving that their dog knows how to swim and is healthy. Dog training and care professionals are usually in attendance as life guards and must be trained in dog CPR. Chlorine levels are raised in the pools to prevent bacteria or diseases such as rabies. With these precautinary measures taken, these environments are safe and fun events for you and your pooch. Check with your local swimming pools to see if there are events like this in your area.
Photo courtesy of: familymwr