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Cool your dogs off with a swim so they don’t become “hot dogs” 帶愛犬游泳消暑 免得成熱狗


Hot summer days are always unbearable for people, and even more so for dogs who also fear the heat. Perhaps the best summer activity to combat the heat is to go swimming with your beloved dogs. In the greater Taipei area, there are several places to take your dog for a cool dip so both dog and owner can have fun.

According to dog lover Rebecca, big dogs such as golden or labrador retrievers, and Bernese mountain and husky dogs all dislike the heat. They easily get sunstroke even after a walk in the park in the summer. Going swimming may be the best summer activity for them. It will not only refresh them but also exercise their hind leg muscles in order to avoid canine hip dysplasia.

Some Internet users recommend Sunny Dog in Xizhi City, Taipei County, because dog owners and their pets can play in the outdoor swimming pool together. The admission is NT$350 (about US$10.6) for a big dog and NT$100 for a small dog or a person, including a free shower. As for Melo Dog in Linko Township of Taipei County, the admission for the indoor swimming pool is NT$120 for all and NT$100 for members, shower not included.

Dog owners with a tight budget could just bring their pets to the suburbs and play in the creeks. But try to pick locations with fewer visitors to avoid complaints from other swimmers and fishers. Recently, the most popular outdoor doggie water paradise is the Tonghou Creek in Wulai Township, Taipei County. Since mountain permits are required for entry, summer holidays usually see it filled to capacity. In addition, the surroundings of the Jiajiouliao sand barrier in Wulai Township and the Shuangxi River in Shuangxi Township, Taipei County have been quite popular thanks to the appropriate depth and clean water.

Rebecca says that it is a good time for dogs to go swimming between May and October. For their safety, dog owners can purchase special life jackets for their pets. Each jacket costs about NT$1,000. Meanwhile, watch out for leeches in the water. With good advance preparations, you can have a good time with your friends and dogs in the wild!








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