Greg Heffley and his family attend a pool party to start off the new season of summer, but Greg himself plays a video game on his PSP, because he is quite addicted to video games. His father, Frank Heffley, wants him to do more outdoor stuff. On the last day of school, Greg attempts to have Holly put her phone number in addition to signing his yearbook, but before she could write down the last two numbers, the bell rings, and all the students shove for the exit. Greg's mother, Susan Heffley, starts a book club called "Reading is Fun", and Greg's best friend, Rowley Jefferson, takes him to a country club. There, they meet Holly and Patty, and they all play tennis together. One day during summer vacation, a dog is introduced to the Heffley family, who is later known to be named as "Sweetie". Later, Greg is invited for a trip to a beach house near the Boardwalk. The cell phone Greg gets before he goes there only allows him to call home and 911. In an amusement park, Greg and Rowley are told not to go on scary rides, including the Cranium Shaker. After several problems in the beach house, Greg's father arrives and sends him back home early. Then one day, Greg sneaks in back to the country club, and pretends to be a member of Rowley's family. Eventually, he gets busted after Rowley's father finds out that Greg has bought nothing but smoothies, and he really doesn't have a job at all in the country club. Frank pays for all the smoothies, and Greg ends up forced to attend the Spag Union Military Academy. He attempts to impress his father by planning to set up a trap for revenge against Troop 42, led by Warren. When the plan becomes successful, Frank tells Warren that he is a phony, then reveals to his son that he never liked camping. Meanwhile, Rodrick, who has fallen in love with Heather Hills (Holly's older sister), performs a rock song at her 16th birthday day, but in the process, Heather becomes humiliated, and the party gets ruined. But Holly is happy about this, and she holds Greg's had, meaning that she likes him.

20th Century Fox has announced that this would be the last live action film in the series. Of course, there are no plans for a fourth film, but the possibility was not completely dismissed. Even the actor, Zachary Gordon, stated that there will not be a fourth film at all.


  • Zachary Gordon - Greg Heffley
  • Steve Zahn - Frank Heffley
  • Robert Capron - Rowley Jefferson
  • Devon Bostick - Rodrick Heffley
  • Peyton List - Holly Hills
  • Rachael Harris - Susan Heffley
  • Connor & Owen Fielding - Manny Heffley
  • Laine MacNeil - Patty Farrell
  • Melissa Roxburgh - Heather Hills
  • Karan Brar - Chirag Gupta
  • Grayson Russell - Fregley
  • Oliver the dog - Sweetie
  • Phil Hayes - Stan Warren
  • Jeff Kinney - Jonathon Hills

Production timeline

  • August 8, 2011: Principal photography began on this date.

Release timeline

Format Country of origin Date
Theatrical trailer Worldwide April 13, 2012
Original theatrical USA August 3, 2012
DVD/Blu-ray Disc UK November 26, 2012
DVD/Blu-ray Disc South Korea November 28, 2012
On YouTube Worldwide December 4, 2012
DVD/Blu-ray Disc Thailand December 13, 2012
DVD/Blu-ray Disc USA December 18, 2012
DVD/Blu-ray Disc Taiwan December 22, 2012
DVD/Blu-ray Disc Australia March 20, 2013
DVD/Blu-ray Disc China May 7, 2013
DVD/Blu-ray Disc France October 2, 2013

Television broadcasts

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days premiered on Cartoon Network at 6:00 p.m. on January 12, 2015. It aired there again on October 16, 2015, and most recently on April 2, 2016.

Home video timeline

Main article: Home video timeline for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series




Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days Trailer HD

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days Trailer HD