If it’s time for the family to take a dip in the pool, that furry fella at home could probably stand for a little soak. Finding a DFW location that loves that little guy as much as his owners isn’t always easy, but there are still alternatives to putting one of those plastic pools in the back yard. The area’s best options include everything from dog beaches to man-made pools just for pups.

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White Rock Dog Park
8000 E. Mockingbird Ln.
Dallas, TX 75218

Price: free

At White Rock Dog Park, dogs get their own section of the lake for all of their swimming and splashing needs. This park also offers an off-leash area for everyone to have a good romp. There is a limit of three dogs per owner, and rabies and city registration tags are required here. Keep in mind that the park is closed on the second and fourth Monday of each month for maintenance and during inclement weather.

Related: Family Fun Guide to White Rock Lake

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East Lake Veterinary Hospital
10101 E. Northwest Highway
Dallas, TX 75238
(214) 342-3100

Price: $21.99 per day

East Lake Veterinary Hospital offers a day camp for dogs that just can’t be cramped up all day at home. Pups are pampered here, swimming in the wading pool, digging around on the sandy beach or enjoying a visit from a masseuse. East Lake can combine any pet’s swimming day with a regular check-up to more than make-up for the office visit’s poking and prodding. Camps work around puppy parents’ schedules.

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Shiloh Roads Kennels
3880 Shiloh Road
Midlothian, TX 76065
(972) 723-3880

Price: $25 for a 20-minute swim plus boarding fees

Shiloh Roads Kennels is perfect for any pup recovering from surgery or experiencing the painful effects of arthritis. Traveler’s Hydrotherapy Pool is heated as well, allowing pets to exercise and tone muscles without adding stress to joints. Owner Joan Jung, is trained in canine swim therapy and opened the pool to benefit dogs throughout north Texas. Even if your pet is not in need of swim therapy, he or she may still enjoy a dip in the pool as an optional service with boarding.

Related: Best Places To Take Your Dog

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Country Acres Kennels
7817 South Cooper Street
Arlington, TX 76001
(817) 467-2511

Price: $25 for a one-day pass

Not only do pets love Country Acres Kennels, they get solo swim time in one of three pools. Country Acres Kennels is one of the largest pet facilities in the United States and offers boarding, grooming, training and day care. During day care, pets may go swimming, enjoy group play and take advantage of the in-house agility course. Remember to feed your pet at least two hours prior to check in.

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Canine Country Club and Wellness Center
5019 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 526-2033

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Furry friends have a great time at the Country Retreat, where they can splash and play in natural water. Veteran swimmers even participate in doggy diving contests here. Located in Ennis, this facility allows pets the opportunity to enjoy indoor and outdoor runs, belly rubs and an obstacle course. It also offers a convenient drop off and pick-up location on McKinney Avenue. To ensure that all pets and the facility remain free of parasites, each pet is administered an oral dewormer and flea preventative.

Teicha Mailhes is a freelance writer and avid family historian living in North Texas. She has written numerous articles on family history research and has enjoyed speaking about family history research at regional conferences and local genealogical societies. Currently she is working on her first cozy mystery novel. See her work here.