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Hosted by Nashville Paw magazine and the Sumner County YMCA
Proudly sponsored by The Farm at Natchez Trace

Saturday, September 6, 2014
10:00am - 3:30pm (Broken into 3 Session Times)
LIGHT RAIN OR SHINE (In case of storms, will be moved to 9/13)

Sumner County YMCA Outdoor Pool (Fully Fenced, Walk-In Pool Entry)
102 Bluegrass Commons Blvd in Hendersonville

Vendor Info: Click here for vendor / sponsor application. Limited food truck and vendor space is available and fills early, so reserve your space today!

Last year, our annual Canine Summer Splash welcomed nearly 300 pooch pals with their people to enjoy off-leash swimming, splashing and playing in the fully-fenced, walk-in outdoor pool at the Sumner County YMCA!  This is Middle Tennessee's first and original open dog swim, and it's growing in size and fun every year!  The event helps Nashville Paw magazine to remain a free community resource, and supports the Sumner County YMCA's "Learn to Swim" program for kids.


Click HERE to view 2013 event photo gallery 


- Swimming and splashing in the zero-entry pool and spray fountains

- Fully fenced pool area offers off-leash running and playing

- Fabulous vendors, fun contests and more

- Dogs MUST wear current proof of rabies vaccination to be admitted

Event Rules: Please Read Before Attending

No more than 2 dogs per handler, and dog handlers must be at least 18 years old. All dogs must wear proof of current rabies vaccination on their collar. Dogs will not be admitted without rabies tag and no refunds will be made if turned away.

While handlers are welcome to get in the pool with their dogs, other guests and children are asked to remain on deck for the safety of everyone. Children under 18 are not permitted in pool.

No female dogs in heat or puppies under 3 months old.

Any dog who exhibits any sign of aggression or who is not under the voice control of his handler must immediately leave the premises. No refunds will be issued. All dogs attending must be friendly with dogs and people, sociable and well-mannered.

By participating in the Canine Summer Splash, you assume full responsibility for your dog and understand that Nashville Paw magazine and the YMCA of Middle Tennessee are not liable for any injury or loss to pets and/or people resulting from your participation in this event. This is an off-leash event where dogs will be running and swimming, so for the safety of everyone, we strongly suggest leaving small children at home.

No refunds issued for any reason. Event will take place in light rain, but in case of storms, event will be rescheduled to storm date listed above.

Canine Swim Safety

If your dog is not a strong swimmer or has never been in a pool before, we strongly suggest a canine life jacket like the ones available here.  We also suggest reading this article about canine swim and water safety from the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Please let your dog go at his own pace, and never force your pooch to take the plunge. If it turns out he does not like the pool, he may enjoy the fountains or just running and playing! 


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