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Pooches Head to the Pool for Dog Daze

Clark County Parks and Recreation hosts the Fifth Annual Dog Daze of Summer event beginning at 9 a.m. on Sept. 12. The fun takes place at the Desert Breeze Water Park, 8275 W. Spring Mountain Road. Admission is $5 per dog; humans are free.

Owners will look on as their canine companions take a relaxing dip in the pool during two sessions – 9 to 10:15 a.m. for dogs 50 pounds and lighter and 10:45 a.m. to noon for dogs heavier than 50 pounds. No humans will be allowed in the water with their animals. Prizes will be given for the shortest and tallest dog for each session as well as for funny pet tricks. Pool staff also will be accepting donations of new or gently used clean dog items for local shelters.

The first year, the Dog Daze of Summer earned the Clark County Parks and Recreation’s Aquatics Section a Nevada Recreation and Parks Society Program Excellence Award for New Concepts. The event will mark the last time the outdoor pool will be open for the season and is held after the normal swim season. Owners must have their dog’s current rabies tag or other proof of vaccination before they are allowed in the pool.

All dogs must enter and leave on a leash and be in the owners’ control at all times. Owners must stay in the facility to assist their dogs out of the water. Dogs showing signs of aggression will be asked to leave. Owners must clean up after their dogs; bags will be provided. Although the pool will be closed to humans at the time of the event, the pool will be power washed with a Southern Nevada Health District-approved solution immediately following the event. The pool must comply with all Health District regulations prior to opening for next year’s swim season.

Dogs are not permitted in the indoor facility, in the sand pit, or on the slides. Local vendors will be on hand to answer questions about pet-related products.

Those interested can call the Clark County Aquatics Office at 455-7792 or visit the Web site at