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Dog Swim FAQ

Date, Location, Times and Cost

Registration

Dog Licenses

Before Registering

The day of the Dog Swim

After the Dog Swim

Date, Location, Times and Cost

Q: When is the Dog Swim? 

A: Monday, September 3, 2018 
 

Q: Where will the Dog Swim take place? 

A: Regent Outdoor Pool, 3600 McKinley Avenue 
 

Q: I heard that the sessions are based on size/weight. What are the specific sessions? 

A: Yes, the dog swim has been divided into sessions based on a dog’s weight so that each session accommodates similar sized dogs. The sessions are as follows:
Large Dogs
60 lbs and over
10 - 11 a.m.
Large Dogs
60 lbs and over
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Medium Dogs
25-60 lbs
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Medium Dogs
25-60 lbs
1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
Small Dogs
Under 25 lbs
3-4 p.m.
Service Dogs
Any weight/size
4:15 - 5:15 p.m.
 

Q: How much does it cost to register? 

A: The cost to register your dog is $10. 
 
 

Registration

Q: When does registration open? 

A: August 7 at 9 a.m. 
 

Q: When does registration close? 

A: August 24 at 11:59 p.m. If you plan to register in person or by calling 306-777-7529, you must do so before 7 p.m. that day. 
 

Q: How many dogs can be registered and participate in each session? 

A: 30 
 

Q: Do I need to create an account for my dog on e-registration?  

A: No. Simply log in to your account and register using your name. 
 

Q: Can I register on the day of the event? 

A: No. You cannot register on the day of the event. Pre-registration is required. Visit Regina.ca, head to one of our major facilities or call 306-777-7529 to register. 
 

Q: I have more than one dog. Can I register them all? 

A: One dog, one adult per registration (no exceptions); owners with more than one dog must have another/alternate adult complete the registration and accompany the additional registered dog to the dog swim. 
 

Q: Does the registered owner of the dog have to be the one registering for the dog swim? 

A: No. However, the person registering must provide the dog’s licence number and name at the time of registration. 
 

Q: I don’t live in the City of Regina, but I still want to register my dog in the swim. Is this allowed? 

A: This is only allowed if you purchase a current City of Regina pet licence. 
 

Q: My dog doesn’t have a current City of Regina licence. Can I still register? 

A: No. You must have a current City of Regina dog licence in order to register. If you do not have a current licence, you must purchase one before registering. 
 

Q: Will I need to provide my dog’s licence number at the time of registering? 

A: Yes. Please have your pet’s licence number ready at the time of registering. 
 

Q: My dog has a current licence but I do not have the number with me. Can I still register in person or over the phone in this case? 

A: No. You need to have the valid licence number with you at the time of registration. 
 

Q: I am here to register and I forgot my dog’s licence! Can you hold my spot until I find it and call you back? 

A: No, unfortunately not. You must provide all of the information required at the time of registration. Spots will not be held while you gather/verify the required information. 
 

Dog Licences

Q: Where can I purchase a licence? 

A: You can purchase your stainless steel dog licence tag at City Hall (2476 Victoria Avenue), at the Regina Humane Society (Highway #6 & Armour Road) or at your veterinarian clinic. Please note: If you are purchasing a dog licence after Wednesday, August 1, you must do so at City Hall in order to avoid any processing delays.
 

Q: What is the cost of a dog licence? 

A: The cost of a dog licence is $100 a year but is reduced to $25 a year for: 
  • sterilized dogs (spayed/neutered) 
  • a puppy (under 6 months of age) 
  • a show dog (copy of entry form & receipt from dog show's secretary) 
 

Q: I’ve lost my dog’s licence tag. How can I get a replacement? 

A: For the cost of $5, you can purchase a replacement licence tag at City Hall (2476 Victoria Avenue), at the Regina Humane Society (Highway #6 & Armour Road) or at your veterinarian clinic. 
 

Things to consider before registering

Q: How old does my dog have to be to take part? 

A: Dogs must be at least four months old. Puppies that are younger than four months are likely not fully vaccinated. Due to their very young age and vaccination status it is more likely that they get sick, which is why we ask those puppies not to participate. 
 

Q: What vaccinations does my dog require? 

A: Dogs are required to be up to date on their core booster vaccinations (DHPP or DA2PP) and their Rabies vaccine. The Bordetella vaccine is recommended but not required. 
 

Q: What are core booster vaccinations? 

A: Core vaccines are a combination vaccine that is administered yearly. The vaccine includes: Distemper, Hepatitis, Adenovirus, Parvovirus and Parainfluenza. If you give your dog a yearly booster vaccine, your dog should be covered. 
 

Q: What is the Bordetella vaccine? 

A: Bordetella is a vaccine for Kennel Cough, which although not required, is recommended when a dog spends time in contact with other dogs. 
 

Important information for the day of the swim 

Q: What happens if it rains? 

A: This is a rain or shine event. 
 

Q: What happens if there is thunder and lightning? 

A: In the event of thunder and lightning, all dogs will need to exit the pool and wait until the storm passes. This is for everyone’s safety. Lifeguards will announce when it is safe for dogs to go back into the water.  
 

Q: Will humans be able to swim with the dogs? 

A: No. Only dogs are allowed to swim at this event. 
 

Q: Can my child attend the dog swim with me? 

A: Yes. This is a family event and so children can be there to observe the dog swim. Please note that children 12 and under must be supervised by an adult. 
 

Q: Does my dog need to wear his/her collar and licence tag on the day of the swim? 

A: Yes.  
 

Q: Will a lifeguard be on duty? 

A: Lifeguards will be on duty but will only be there in the event that a person falls into the pool and requires assistance. 
 

Q: I’m not sure if my dog can swim well. Will there be dog life jackets there? 

A: Dog life jackets are not provided; please bring one if you are unsure of your dog’s swimming abilities. 
 

Q: What will happen in the event that a dog is in distress? 

A: Animal Control Officers will be present and will be able to provide support in the event of an emergency. 
 

Q: Will there be available drinking water on site? 

A: Yes. There is a water fountain at Regent Pool located just outside the women's washroom. Please be sure to bring your dog’s own water dish. 
 

Q: What will happen if my dog drinks the chlorinated water in the pool? 

A: The water in the pool is potable. The chlorination system will be turned off the day before the dog swim and there is no concern with dogs drinking some of the water in the pool. 
 

After the dog swim 

Q: I registered for the dog swim but we are unable to attend. Can I get a refund? 

A: This event is non-refundable. Should you withdraw from the event, the fee you paid will be applied as a credit on your account which you can use elsewhere for recreation services. 
 

Q: Will the pool be cleaned once the event is over? 

A: Yes. The pool will be thoroughly cleaned after the event and then again prior to the pool being used next year.