Now that we’ve entered the final “Dog Days of Summer” and the kids have headed back to school, consider a new way to pamper your pooches. Check out Wet Noses Dry Paws (WNDP), Pierce County’s only indoor dog park!

By Annette Lanker, Holy Cow Critters

This favorite Puget Sound doggie destination features a daycare and cageless boarding in a clean, climate-controlled, safe place for your dogs to burn off their energy! WNDP also offers self-wash stations, grooming, boarding, retail, and a snack bar where you can even buy a cold brew!

WNDP just expanded for the second time in a little over a year. From the street, it’s hard to imagine that the little grey and neon green building houses 16,000 square feet of doggie heaven, but on September 1, the new space downstairs opened to become home to an expanded daycare area. This allows Wet Noses Dry Paws to accept 50 more dogs each day, but don’t worry; WNDP maintains a 1:15 people to dog ratio and everyone on staff is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid. And talk about convenient: they’re right next door to Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital, if needed.

The daycare hours are 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. with special extended pickup hours for medical staff from the nearby hospitals. They offer overnight boarding, too, with personnel staying on-site. The dog park hours are 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Owner McKenzie Moates makes certain that there are always dogs in the park area for your pup to play with by having some of the daycare dogs hanging out there to keep the action happening.

This dog park is a little different than your average outdoor dog play space in that all of the dogs must pass a behavioral assessment, so you know they play well with others. The park is membership-based, just like a gym. You can pay monthly and use the area to exercise your dog no matter what the weather throws at us! The space is also available for your parties, MeetUp groups, or holiday events, including Pet Connection Magazine’s 2nd Annual Barkoween Costume Party in October on Friday the 13th!

There’s fun for the humans at Wet Noses Dry Paws, too, with adult beverages and snacks available for purchase.

WNDP typically has over 15 brands of beer to choose from as well as a variety of non-alcoholic drinks, too. Grab a round with your hound and start a new tradition this fall!

Plan on visiting Wet Noses Dry Paws at 411 Fawcett Avenue, Tacoma, check them out online at, or call (253) 212-0120.

Here’s to keeping the noses wet and the paws dry!