Are you just needing an excuse to get outside? How about grabbing your pup and head out to a local dog park? They sound great, don't they? A place where you can take your dog (in a fenced area) and they can be off-leash.

Now there are a few basic rules for dog parents to follow:

  • Be realistic, some dogs are not cut out for the dog park.
  • Most parks will require proof of rabies vaccination or that your dog wears their rabies tags.
  • Check the hours of the park, before you head out. While most are dawn-to-dusk, there are a few that are open 24-hours.
  • Clean up after your pet. Basic, yes, but you know that there are people that still just don't do it.
  • Bring water for your dog. There may or may not be drinkable water at the park, this will keep you covered and your pet hydrated.
  • Each park will have different rules, ie, some will allow kids under the age of 12, some will not.
  • Remember that most of these places operate on very slim budgets and with the help of volunteers. If you can make a small donation, please do so.

If there is a dog park that you think we should include, please let us know. We will continue to add to this list as we get your recommendations.

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