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Take Your Dog for a Dip in the Esplanade Pool at Yappy Hour!




It’s been a hot summer in the Washington, D.C. area, but the Labor Day weekend means the end of the season will be here soon.

At The Esplanade at National Harbor, we know our residents aren’t the only ones who want to beat the heat. What could be more fun than a “Yappy Hour” of doggy swim for your four-legged friends?

That’s right – your pup will be able to enjoy our gorgeous, sparkling pool for a whole hour of doggy paddling bliss! On Wednesday, September 9, from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., all of our canine residents are invited to get their splash on in our pool. We’ll drain and clean the pool for next year, but we wanted to give the dogs a chance to enjoy the pool, first!

And don’t forget that The Esplanade has a Self-Serve Dog spa, with wash and dry station, so you can keep your little buddy looking his or her best.

To get you excited for Yappy Hour, here are 8 fun facts about your furry best friends:

1. Americans love dogs! 62% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 72.9 million homes

2. The Beatles song “A day in the Life” has an extra high-pitched whistle, audible only to dogs. It was recorded by Paul McCartney for the enjoyment of his Shetland sheepdog.

3. Service dogs are trained to know when they are on duty. When their harness is on, they know it’s business time. When you take it off, the pups immediately become playful and energetic.

4. Dogs do dream! Dogs and humans have the same type of slow wave sleep (SWS) and rapid eye movement (REM) and during this REM stage dogs can dream. The twitching and paw movements that occur during their sleep are signs that your pet is dreaming.

5. No night vision goggles needed! Dogs’ eyes contain a special membrane, called the tapetum lucidum, which allows them to see in the dark.

6. A large breed dog’s resting heart beats between 60 and 100 times per minute, and a small dog breed’s heart beats between 100-140. Comparatively, a resting human heart beats 60-100 times per minute.

7. It’s not so black and white. It’s a myth that dogs only see in black and white. In fact, it’s believed that dogs see primarily in blue, greenish-yellow, yellow and various shades of gray.

8. Swimming isn’t necessarily an innate ability for dogs. While many pooches are perfectly amphibious, many of man’s best friends tend to sink like a sack of bricks when submerged. If your dog falls into the “sack of bricks” category, you may want to get him a doggy life jacket so he can enjoy Yappy Hour, too!