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Old 08-01-2011, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Goodyear,AZ
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Default Swimming for dogs

Ok besides Cosmo Dog park in Gilbert...which is really far from my house...where can I take my pups to get some relief and fun exercise? I live our in the west valley in Goodyear.....

I was thinking of taking them down by PIR in the wash area....is it safe there for them? What about Lake Pleasant, are dogs allowed to swim there?

Ideally the area by PIR is preferred since it's only ten minutes away...I think they are just bored and sick of waiting till ten pm to go on their walks....looking for something different to do.....open to all suggestions!
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Old 08-01-2011, 11:32 PM
 
Location: Hard aground in the Sonoran Desert
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Our dog swims in our pool but if you don't have a pool have you considered one of the little plastic kiddie pools for them to roll around in? I live in Goodyear and don't know of anywhere that you can take a dog swimming outside of Lake Pleasant which my friend takes his dogs camping/swimming all the time. Not familiar with the area near PIR you're referring to.
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Old 08-01-2011, 11:38 PM
 
Location: Goodyear,AZ
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We have a little plastic kiddie pool, but I wanted to take them where they could burn sone serious energy and get some real exercise.....the area that I'm talking about by PIR is across the street from the track, just to the west of the east most parking lot...if that makes sense... I see people fishing there all the time

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Old 08-02-2011, 12:18 AM
 
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I know where you are talking about. Looks like snakesville to me....especially this time of year. I could be wrong or not.

I vote for a kiddie pool.
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Old 08-02-2011, 05:16 AM
 
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This part of Arizona is not a good place to find swimming areas for dogs. Most or all of the rivers and streams are dried up or dammed up. And even if you find an area of water there are state and municipal leash laws.

You could try up in the mountains. But that is also iffy as limited access and parking. And the same "rules" apply.

I did find a watering hole not far from my home in the southeast valley area. But the water was very muddy and very hot as there was nothing I could find that was feeding the watering hole. Tried it once. Dog was dirty and still hot. Not refreshing at all. The backyard pool is your best option. Or a hose.
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Old 08-02-2011, 05:29 AM
 
Location: Two years in Raleigh, NC
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In fact, dogs are not allowed in the canals or lakes in AZ. And I'd be concerned what they might pick up in there if they ingested the water.

Dogs and Hot Weather - Walking the Dog and Other Tips

Cosmo Park, or find a friend who will enjoy watching your dogs enjoy themselves in his/her pool as you do. You should bring the beer to say thank you.
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Old 08-02-2011, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Stick to Lk Pleasant.

Go to google earth or some other map software. Follow the water from PIR upstream about 3 mi to 91st Ave. You will be able to see where the water is coming from. It's probably cleaner by the time it gets to PIR.

There is an interesting park there:

TRES RIOS WETLANDS LINKS
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Goodyear,AZ
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We've been to tres rios wetlands, but they are usually people fishing there...dont want to disturb their fishing with my babies splashing around! I think we will be heading up to lake pleasant
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Old 08-02-2011, 01:58 PM
 
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I've never been to Lake Pleasant but wanted to take my dog as well. Are there isolated spots where a dog can be off leash and away from people? I couldn't find any info on the official website.
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Old 08-02-2011, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Two years in Raleigh, NC
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I've never been to Lake Pleasant but wanted to take my dog as well. Are there isolated spots where a dog can be off leash and away from people? I couldn't find any info on the official website.
As I previously explained, it is not legal for dogs to swim in the lakes in AZ, which includes lake pleasant; therefore, they are not going to set up special areas for dogs. People do it anyway.

In fairness to others and safety for the dogs, I wish people would take their dogs to proper dog parks, as we do.
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