Jul 4th

Dog Beaches in Massachusetts

By Stewart (Pooch Dates Top Dog)
 

Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Your pet is welcome to play on the riverside beach at this state reservation known for its great fishing. Please keep pets on-leash.
 

Town Beaches

Provincetown is the ONLY town in Cape Cod with off-leash beaches! Dogs are welcome to roam (with their owners) off-leash from 6am-9am and 6pm-9pm in the summer and at any time in the winter. Town Beaches ...
 
 

Race Point Beach

Located on the Atlantic Ocean side of Provincetown, Race Point beach is great for viewing the sunrise. Dogs must be leashed from 9am to 6pm in the summer.
 

Doggie Beach

Pets are welcome to run and play off-leash at this wide, sandy Nahant beach.
 

Breakwater

Located at the beginning of Provincetown's West End. The breakwater provides hiking access to the very tip of Cape Cod at Long Point Light House. Great swimming location and area for gathering shellfish. Dogs must be ...
 

Castle Island Beach

Dogs are welcome to join you on-leash during the off season at this lovely South Boston beach.
 

Carson Beach

Pets are welcome to join you on-leash at this dog-friendly Boston area beach.
 

Kalmus Beach

Bring your pet with you to this beautiful Cape Cod beach. They're welcome to join you from September 15 to May 15 on or off-leash.
 

Indian Neck Beach

This beach provides gorgeous views of the harbor and island. A great place for a hike with your on-leash pet.
Jul 4th

K-9 University

By Stewart (Pooch Dates Top Dog)
ARF! ARF!
Welcome to K-9 University, training ground for some of the brightest, most lovable dogs and their human owners. Our university is like most institutions of higher learning. We have very committed students, loving parents, wonderful and successful alumni, a beautiful campus, a great, highly qualified professorial staff, but, alas, we’re sorry to admit, no football team. The students tend to tear the balls apart, playful creatures that they are!

We’re located in bucolic Douglas, Mass, which means we have plenty of trees, green grass and things like that. By the way, you don’t have to worry about getting to us, although that’s not difficult. We’ll come to you. That’s how we do a lot of our training. University on wheels, so to speak.

At K-9U we have a very simple mission: To develop warm, trusting relationships between dogs and their human companions. We do that by training both you and your pet, the pet being the human of course. You can learn how we train by clicking on What We Do, which, of course, tells you what we do. We’re very intelligent here at K-9U.

So welcome to our university. Take your time here and visit our virtual campus. Plenty of free information on common dog problems that you can access free on our Resources page. If you have a specific question or issue you can Ask the Professor. You’ll get a reply from one of our faculty, also a freebie.

Again, welcome to our site and enjoy your visit. A word of caution, stay on the walkway, at K-9U you never know what you’ll step into!

CONTACT US

Phone: (508) 476-2520
Fax: (508) 476-0036
Email: K9UK9U@aol.com

Mailing Address:
35 Pond Street
Douglas, MA 01516

Jul 4th

Dog Herding

By Stewart (Pooch Dates Top Dog)
Herding with Your Dog

I held my breath as my dog and the sheep disappeared over the top of a hill and out of view. I glanced over at my herding instructor who appeared unconcerned. So, though I itched to run across the field to see what was going on, I waited. It seemed like a long time but it was likely no more than a minute or two when the flock reappeared trotting calmly before my dog.

As dramatic was it felt and as good as it looked the ideal performance wouldn't have had the sheep going over the hill. It would have looked more like it did a few minutes earlier when he swept in a smooth arc away from his sheep as he headed up hill and ended up behind them. Still today he was working beautifully, looking just like good herding dog in the making. It was a wonderful. We were working in the big field (8 acres or so) with about 50 sheep and he was definitely in his element. Later, when we had him bring the sheep down to the front arena, he continued to work calmly.

Tsuki walking around his sheep

When this day occurred Tsuki and I had been herding about 2 years. It is Tsuki's favorite activity. When he is herding the barn cats can literally stand under his nose and he will ignore them. Tsuki is a competent but not brilliant herding dog. He wants to bring the sheep to me, and he wants them to stay with me. That is the foundation instinct for Border Collie style herding. There are many forms of herding. German shepherds, for example, are often used for "boundary work." Their job is to act as a living fence and keep the sheep within an allowed grazing area. Read this article on The Way They Work.

Maybe the most interesting thing I know about herding is that some groups allow any dog to compete. It just needs to show that it has the appropriate behavior. So I remember seeing announcements for the "herding instinct test" and thinking "hmmmm" and wishing for an extra couple days in my weekend. Anyway, the common assumption is that one can't do herding unless one lives in the country, or has herding animals. Well, I am pleased to say that there are opportunities for at least some city folk to become involved in herding. As with other dog skills the program makes heavy use of natural instinct, then gradually shapes and develops it. If your dog is of herding heritage or seems to exhibit natural herding behavior it is worth exploring further. Warning: this activity can become addictive.

Web Sites

Herding on the Web
http://www.herdingontheweb.com

Great introduction site both for people curious about the activity and for those looking for more detailed resources. It offers training tips, a discussion group, and many many other resources. Maintained by Linda Rorem

Herding, from the Collie Club of America
http://www.collieclubofamerica.org/herding.html

A simple introduction to herding with a description of herding programs by a variety of organizations. A great place to quickly get an overview on different types of herding.

Littlehats.net, Sheepdogging for Newbies
http://www.littlehats.net/core.html

The destination of choice for the person new to herding. The goal of this site is to keep the beginning herder in mind.

Online Herding Dog Training
http://www.e-trainingfordogs.com/HerdingMaster.html

Learn to teach your dog shepherding skills, for fun, for competition or for farm online through video demonstrations and live or recorded audio presentations. You will learn and practice skills designed to shape your dog?s natural herding abilities while you also learn how to read stock. We use positive reinforcement methods that focus on keeping the dog in a calm, focused, eager-to-learn state of mind ? which helps the dog learn, and helps the handler to learn too!

 
Nova Scotia German Shepherd Dog Club: Herding
http://www.nsgsdc.com/herding.shtml

An easy to understand description of the different styles of herding.

Herding Articles
http://members.cox.net/gsdherd/articleindex.htm

Although there is a strong focus toward the German Shepherd Dog there are many articles here of general interest in herding.

Getting Started in herding
http://bccc.pair.com/getstart.html

From the Bearded Collie folks is this easy going introduction to the terms you will hear, and some general beginners information.

Stockdog Home Page
http://www.stockdog.com

Probably the best all around collection of resources. If you are new to stockdogs, start on their introduction page. http://www.stockdog.com/intro.htm

American Herding Breeds Association
http://www.ahba-herding.org/

I really like this organization - they are creative and relaxed.

American Tending Breeds Association
http://atba-herding.org/

When last visited this web site did not provide full access. The American Tending Breeds Association was founded in 1990 as a forum for learning and practicing the European style of sheep herding known as tending. Over the years they expanded their membership to include all herding breeds and styles of herding.

Choosing a Herding Instructor

Article courtesy of Tammie Rogers on qualities to consider in deciding on a herding instructor.

 
Video of Rottweiler and Australian Shepherd herding geese
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rokAQX2exbs

Taken at a local herding competition. It is interesting to watch, but hey - it is a cheap camera.

The Working Sheepdog Website- First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training
http://www.herding-dog-training-border-collie-sheepdog-dvd.com/border_collie_herding_stock_dog_training.htm

This link promotes a sheepdog training DVD called "First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training" aimed specifically at beginners who want to learn how to train a sheepdog.

Beauceron Working Sheep (videos)
http://www.dailymotion.com/Roxpaille

Whatever text there is, is in French. The dog works a huge flock of sheep moving both quickly and calmly. As with any good herding there are no exciting moments, only impressive control.

Tsuki's Herding Stories

A collection of our stories of our agonies and triumphs in herding.

Freeway's Herding Stories

More agonies and triumphs. Not inspiring, but maybe fun to read.

The United States Border Collie Club
http://www.bordercollie.org

Lots of good information focused on the Border Collie style of herding.

Redwood Empire SheepDog Association
http://web.mac.com/jackmathieson/RESDA/RESDA.html

Very interesting trialing style. A very firm focus on the dog doing the work with audible commands only (voice or whistle) without the use of handler body language.

German Shepherd Herding, SV guidelines for herding competitions
http://www.german-shepherdherding.com/guidelines-english.htm

This site describes a typical herding competition pattern for the tending dog - German Shepherd Dog in this case.

Flash the Herding Poodle

I don't know if he will ever trial, but he sure is having fun in practice.

Getting Started in Herding
http://tehillahgermanshepherds.com/gettingstartedinherding.html

A light overview and description of different herding styles and the herding instinct test.

Stock Dog Server Training Information
http://www.stockdog.com/training/training.htm

A collection of herding training articles, especially relating to starting the young dog.

Operation Sheepdog Herding
http://www.sheepdogherding.com/

Dog supplies and herding supplies: whistles, training flags etc.

 
Hints on Handling at Your First Herding Trial
http://www.cal.net/~pamgreen/handle_1st_herd_trial.html

Getting ready for your first trial? Think of this article as pep talk/ coaching. These are things you should know if you are getting read to try, but might fly right out of your mind when you step to the line. Read it several times. Article by Pam Green.

Balance and Pacing
http://www.stockdog.com/training/bfbalanc.htm

How develop and maintain balance and pace in your sheepdog. Article by Bruce Fogt

 
 
Lin Daughterty Herding Clinic
http://www.cal.net/~pamgreen/daugherty_herd_clinic.html

Notes from teaching clinics on the subject of livestock handling and herding dog training

California Obedience Agility Stockdog Trials

This club hosts several trials a year. The herding trials I've been to for this club were held in Cayocus, California

Video - Chance and Tsuki Bringing in the Sheep -

Tsuki was asked to "back-up" Chance. Chance has a willing heart but his body isn't quite as fast as it needs to be and the sheep know it. At one point you can see the sheep wheel around thinking they are going to take off back up the hill but as the dust drops Tsuki is standing there. So the sheep decided to cooperate instead.

 

 

Herding Resources in San Francisco Bay Area

There are other herding trainers in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, however they don't want to get spammed so their phone numbers and email cannot be posted here. First try contacting one of the resources listed below. If that doesn't work then write me for more information.

 

ASCA Calendar
http://ascaeventcalendar.org/

There is no centralized calendar for herding events. This page is an attempt to list all ASCA events, conformation, obedience, agility and herding.

Delta Australian Shepherd Fanciers Events Calendar

http://www.delta-asf.org/Upcoming_Events.html

Northern California Working Sheepdog Association, Inc
http://www.norcalsheepdog.org

Promotes ISDS style herding trials

Performance Dogs In Action
http://performancedogsinaction.com/

 

HERDING 4 EWE
http://www.herding4ewe.com/

 

Herding Discussion Groups

Archives of HERDERS-L@APPLE.EASE.LSOFT.COM
http://apple.ease.lsoft.com/archives/herders-l.html

Herders-L is located at herders-l@apple.ease.lsoft.com The archives are available to members only. To subscribe, email
listserv@apple.ease.lsoft.com
with the message:
SUBSCRIBE HERDERS-L yourFirstName yourLastName
making the appropriate substitutions Put who YOU are not the words "yourFirstName your LastName".

Sheepdog-L
http://sheepdog.heatherweb.com/sheepdogl.html

Basically Border Collie only. Not usually a very active list, but good information when a discussion gets going. Do not use the initials"AKC' or otherwise refer to that venue.

Herding with Bearded Collies
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/herdingbeardies/

For people interested in discussing training, events, stories, etc. associated with herding with a bearded collie.

Working Stockdog Forum
http://www.kensmuir.com/forum/index.php

This group is dedicated to the working stockdog. That is a polite way of saying that if your interest in herding is primarily recreational this group isn't the one you want.

BC Boards
http://www.bordercollie.org/boards/index.php?act=idx

For the working border collie enthusiast.

American Herding Breeds Assoication - Discussion LIst
http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/AHBA/

Discussion related to all-breed herding and the dissemination of information pertaining to the AHBA

Herding Internationally

South African Sheepdog Association (SASDA)
http://www.sasda.za.net/

SASDA organizes sheepdog related activities in South Africa such as sheepdog trials and maintaining a stud book. 

Jul 4th

Agitlity Courses and Classes list of Links

By Stewart (Pooch Dates Top Dog)
Dog Agility Pages On DogPlay
Jul 4th

Dog Camps Across the USA

By Stewart (Pooch Dates Top Dog)
Dog Camps

Dog camps are often an excellent way to explore new dog activities. Dog camps vary widely. Some are intended as vacations with your dog. Other dog camps cater to people already competing in a dog sport to improve their skills. Seminars tend to be more academic in approach. This page will list some you may wish to explore:

Getting Away With Your Dog

Thinking about getting away for a vacation? What's stopping you? Ah, you don't want to kennel your dog but taking your dog along is such a hassle! Why not consider a vacation spot created with you dog in mind? Head out to a dog camp.

Pet owners have an increasing desire to vacation with the family dog. This desire creates new business opportunities: the dog camp. A dog camp is a vacation spot with your dog firmly in mind. It is more than just a dog friendly environment. A dog camp provides activities specifically intended to include your dog. One advantage of a dog camp is the opportunity to socialize with like minded people. You and the others all have a common interest in dogs.

What is a Dog Camp?

Dog camps differ in their focus and structure. Even the term "dog camp" can lead to some confusion. Sometimes the term "dog camp" refers to a specialized form of pet boarding. The dog stays, you go. In other cases the term "dog camp" refers to an opportunity to vacation in a pet friendly environment with varying degrees of focus on dog specific activities and education. In this article the term "dog camp" refers to the dog and its human attending together.

A vacation of activities with your dog builds your communication and relationship. One of the exciting things about a dog camp is the opportunity to dabble in a variety of activities. You will have an opportunity to see and participate in activities you might not even have heard of and so would not have searched out on your own. If you have ever said "I'd like to train my dog do to tricks ... but who has the time?" a dog camp offers the perfect opportunity to make that goal while on a relaxing and fun vacation. Take a seminar in clicker training then have fun putting that new knowledge to work as you relax and play.

Your dog may be city dog but he is still a dog. The opportunity for your dog to engage his natural instincts in lure coursing, tracking, earthdog, herding and similar activities can open your eyes to a whole different view of your dog. Dog camps often offer fun activities that have everything to do with plain fun and nothing to do with formal training. Enjoy a costume party or learn how to draw your dog. Go for a swim or a hike. A dog camp can be more than just good fun for your dog. It can also offer you the opportunity to learn more about your canine friend. So you might want to look for a camp that offers educational seminars on dog behavior, training techniques, canine massage, acupuncture, healthy eating and more.

What Kind of Dog Camp?

Some dog camps are vacation oriented with a variety of both formal and informal activities and recreation. Another variety offers an opportunity to focus on improving competitive skills. Other dog camps are a blend between vacation and improving pet manners.

Most Dog camps involving both dog and human are limited to specific session times. A camp might offer only one, or several sessions a year. Sessions typically will range from several days to a couple weeks. Only a few dog camps are open on a flexible schedule basis.

Be sure to look at the skills and philosophies of dog camp staff. Decide whether you are looking to match or expand upon your own dog training style. Perhaps this is the time to try some new methods, but be sure you will be comfortable with the style. What is the education and background of the staff at the dog camp? Are they merely providing the accommodations, or are they providing behavior, training or health guidance as well? Is there a veterinarian on the premises? What about their background makes you feel that they can deal well with a timid dog or an aggressive one? Do they appear to have both the training and experience to bring out the best in your dog and to protect the safety of all participants?

Pick an environment that will respect the needs of your dog. Some dogs are comfortable with other dogs and do well in a primarily off leash environment. For these dogs, dog and owner can enjoy the relaxed leash free environment. Dogs that are either shy or bullies will benefit from carefully throughout off leash opportunities but most of their (and your) day should be free from stresses of intimate dog to dog interaction. A well run dog camp that understands both leash aggression issues (dogs with issues are often worse on leash) and dog socialization issues (some dogs really do need their personal space) can make the experience a real benefit to your shy or overly bold dog. With good experiences in a more controlled environment your shy or overly bold dog may graduate to being comfortable in the leash free environment, or may be not. Your dog is who he is. Offer him the opportunity to grow but respect him if he isn't a social butterfly.

Camps vary on whether they are primarily day events, more like a concentration of seminars, or accommodation oriented where the experience includes social activities, meals, relaxation and accommodations. What are the accommodations? Does the camp provide housing? Do you need an RV or tent? Can you stay in a local hotel or inn.

Does the camp provide meals for the humans? Is there a single menu provided to all at the same time (mess style) or is it restaurant style? Mess style service is great for socialization and reduced tensions but may be a challenge for those with special dietary needs or who prefer more choice in structuring their day.

What are the restrictions? Will your children be welcome? If so, are there appropriate activities for your children?

Pay attention to the rules and location of the camp. Do you want an opportunity to go out for a nice dinner or night on the town? If so, be sure to look for a camp where you can kennel your dog while you are out and that is located conveniently to your dogless activities.

Find out how many people return after their first experience. The most successful camps will have camp regulars who return nearly every year. A 75 percent return rate is a good sign.

A dog who is comfortable with other dogs and well mannered will give you the broadest range of acceptable dog camp environments. Owners of dogs who are a little more shy or a little less tolerant of rude dogs will do best to look for something more structured and with well educated staff to ensure a safe and fun experience.

Does the camp have any requirements for dogs to be vaccinated or screened for health issues? Is proof of current rabies vaccination required? If other vaccinations are required are titers acceptable?

Other Dog Vacation Options

You want to vacation with your dog but maybe you aren't so interested in dog sports and seminars. Maybe you just want to hike and swim or relax in your room with a good book in peaceful surroundings. Or maybe you want to engage in just one activity, perhaps a canoe trip or river rafting. You can find these kinds of dog friendly vacations on the trips and hiking pages.

Camp Winnaribbun
http://www.campw.com/

On the shores of Lake Tahoe, Nevada Campers have the opportunity to participate in obedience, agility, herding, tracking, nature talks, massage therapy, wonderful campfires with smores and storytelling and much, much more.

Camp Unleashed
http://www.campunleashed.com/

Located in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts this camp offers several sessions throughout the year. Activities include relaxing, hiking, swimming, sampling dog sports, learning canine massage and more.

 
Camp Dog Wood
http://www.campdogwood.com

Camp Dogwood takes place in Ingleside, Illinois.

Camp Dogwould
http://www.campdogwould.ca

Near Perth, Ontario this camp offers a bit of everything, Tellington Touch, Reactive Dog Modification Class, Obedience, Fun Games & Tricks, Flyball, Agility, Freestyle, Rally and more.

 
Barking Hills Country Club
http://barkinghills.com

Where every human must be accompanied by a dog. A place for owners and their dogs to work, learn and play. Activities include obedience, lure coursing, agility, flyball & carting. Also active in Pet Assisted Therapy programs and can be a resource for your group or facility.

Camp Barking Hills
http://www.campbarkinghills.com

Camp Barking Hills in Hackettstown, New Jersey is a weekend camp for dogs and their
owners to play, learn new things and explore a variety of activities they might not
have had the opportunity to experience. Camp Barking Hills wants to give people the
chance to explore activities and sports with their dog in a relaxing atmosphere.

Dog Days of Wisconsin Summer Camp
http://www.dogcamp.com/

A place where you can relax and have a good time with your dog. Participate in one of the scheduled activities or just watch the sun set on a hill with crickets chirping around you ... all with your canine best friend at your side. The camp is at Camp Helen Brachman located near Stevens Point, Wisconsin in Portage County, about 140 miles northwest of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Canine Club Getaway
http://www.canineclubgetaway.com/activities.html 

Located at Northern Catskills, New York this camp offers a variety of dog activities and seminars.

Camp Gone to the Dogs
http://camp-gone-tothe-dogs.com/html/home.html

Perhaps the most well known of the dog camps. This Vermont camp offers a week long session with introductions to flyball, herding, agility, clicker training, canine nutrition and more.

 
The Dog's Camp
http://www.thedogscamp.com/

When last visited this web site did not provide full access. Swannanoa, North Carolina Increase your skills and knowledge so that when you get home you
will integrate this information into your ongoing training and performing activities.

Glen Highland Farm
http://www.glenhighlandfarm.com/

Morris, NY. Glen Highland Farm offers a variety of experiences from a simple on-your-own getaway to a six day group camp to a camp for kids and assorted mini-camps and seminars.

Bark!Here Dog Camp
http://www.barkhere.net/Camp.htm

Located in North Texas It is a scheduled three day weekend with your dog.

Wag It Camp
http://www.wagitcamp.com/  

Based in Lincolnville, Maine the focus is on agility competition skills

Gunflint Lodge - Dog Lover's Weekend
http://www.gunflint.com/packages/pkg_dog_lovers.htm

Northeastern Minnesota

Paws and People Camp
http://www.pawsandpeople.net/

Bozeman, Montana scheduled for a single weekend it offers hiking, canine trail etiquette, wilderness first aid and other outdoor fun.

 
Puppyworks Events Calendar
http://www.puppyworks.com/events.html

Puppyworks sponsors educational events for nationally and internationally known dog trainers and behaviorists to educate dog trainers, behaviorists, breeders, veterinarians and dog enthusiasts about innovative, creative and humane methods in practice today. Puppyworks
http://www.puppyworks.com/

 
Dog Scouts of America
http://dogscouts.com/

In addition to a camp program this is an activities based organization.

 
Maian Meadows Dog Camp
http://www.maianmeadows.com/

Gig Harbor, Washington

 
Dog Paddling Adventures
http://www.dogpaddlingadventures.com/

Enjoy paddling, hiking and winter adventures (whether a beginner or experienced), while at the same time enjoying a bonding experience that is truly unique. Share the beauty of Ontario's finest waterways.

4-H Paws n Pals
http://www.4-hpawsnpals.com/DogRetreat.html

In Western Maryland this is a camp program for kids and their dogs - or they can borrow a dog if they don't have one of their own.

Jun 24th

Dog Parks In Vermont

By Stewart (Pooch Dates Top Dog)

Vermont

Burlington

  • Star Farm. Burlington's Dog Parks. Location: In northwest Burlington on Starr Farm Road. Parking for the Dog Park is west of the Burlington Bike Path.

  • Starr Farm Off Leash Dog Park. Burlington's Dog Parks. Location: In northwest Burlington on Starr Farm Road. Parking for the Dog Park is west of the Burlington Bike Path.

Essex

  • Indian Brook Reservoir. A trail along the reservoir. Dogs must be kept on a leash in the parking lots, picnic area adjacent to the dam and the water in front of these areas. Dogs are allowed to be off leash beginning at the trail head past the last parking lot on the east side of the reservoir and beyond the trail head at the lower parking lot on the south end of the reservoir. Dogs must respond to voice commands, cannot chase the wildlife in the park, and must be within the owner's vision at all times. (At each trail head we have provided dog mitts, You must pick up after your dog)." (Thank you Melanie Jannery)

Hartford

  • Watson Upper Valley Dog Park. Opened June 07. Off-leash dog park about 1 1/2 acres. Our group, the Upper Valley Dog Park Supporters, have partnered with the Town of Hartford, Vt, Parks & Recreation Dept. They are providing the land and liability and we (UVDPS) are raising the funding for the construction and annual maintenance of the park. It is our hope to begin in March and open by June-July. Location: It is located on route 14 W, 1 mile west of the Hartford Town Hall. Directions: It is centrally located just off I89N at exit 1, bare rt. towards White River Juction, at the second light turn lt. on rte. 5. go tonext light and turn lt. onto rte. 14W. It is about 3/4 mile on the left, Watson Park. (Thank you Leslie Carney)

Manchester

  • Manchester Vermont Dog Park. Our Manchester Vermont Dog Park is in a designated part of the Dana Thompson Park and Recreational Area, easily located on Recreational Park Road on Bonnet Street/Route 30. Go to our Directions page for an interactive map. Location: 340 Recreation Park Road. Directions: The Manchester Dog Park is located at the Dana L. Thompson Recreation Center. Drive in to the parking area by Applejack Field (fenced athletic field); the dog park is on the opposite end of the track (left of parking area). (Thank you Sylvia Carpenter)

South Burlington

  • Patchen Road. Leash free area. It's an unofficial dog park. It is an old baseball field that is not completely fenced in, but here are minimal hiking trails beyond it where the dogs can run free. It's accessible year round. Parking is available. Location: Patchen Road. Directions: It's right on Patchen Road. (Thank you Melanie Jannery)

St. Johnsbury

  • Dog Mountain. 150 acres to explore leash free, dog chapel, art gallery (dogs welcome leash free at all places!). It is Vermont artist Stephen Huneck's mission to make the world a dog friendly place to be. At Dog Mountain his artwork is displayed, including a chapel he has created with the sole purpose of honoring animals who have passed away. Photos of pets from across the globe adorn the walls and are all placed there in remembrance by their family members. There are 150 wooded acres with trails for dogs and their companions to hike and explore. Dogs are welcome in the gallery and dog trets are always available! Location: 143 Parks Road. (Thank you Jennifer D'Agostino)

     

Jun 23rd

Dog Parks and Dog Friendly Places in Vermont

By Stewart (Pooch Dates Top Dog)

Vermont

Burlington

  • Star Farm. Burlington's Dog Parks. Location: In northwest Burlington on Starr Farm Road. Parking for the Dog Park is west of the Burlington Bike Path.

  • Starr Farm Off Leash Dog Park. Burlington's Dog Parks. Location: In northwest Burlington on Starr Farm Road. Parking for the Dog Park is west of the Burlington Bike Path.

Essex

  • Indian Brook Reservoir. A trail along the reservoir. Dogs must be kept on a leash in the parking lots, picnic area adjacent to the dam and the water in front of these areas. Dogs are allowed to be off leash beginning at the trail head past the last parking lot on the east side of the reservoir and beyond the trail head at the lower parking lot on the south end of the reservoir. Dogs must respond to voice commands, cannot chase the wildlife in the park, and must be within the owner's vision at all times. (At each trail head we have provided dog mitts, You must pick up after your dog)." (Thank you Melanie Jannery)

Hartford

  • Watson Upper Valley Dog Park. Opened June 07. Off-leash dog park about 1 1/2 acres. Our group, the Upper Valley Dog Park Supporters, have partnered with the Town of Hartford, Vt, Parks & Recreation Dept. They are providing the land and liability and we (UVDPS) are raising the funding for the construction and annual maintenance of the park. It is our hope to begin in March and open by June-July. Location: It is located on route 14 W, 1 mile west of the Hartford Town Hall. Directions: It is centrally located just off I89N at exit 1, bare rt. towards White River Juction, at the second light turn lt. on rte. 5. go tonext light and turn lt. onto rte. 14W. It is about 3/4 mile on the left, Watson Park. (Thank you Leslie Carney)

Manchester

  • Manchester Vermont Dog Park. Our Manchester Vermont Dog Park is in a designated part of the Dana Thompson Park and Recreational Area, easily located on Recreational Park Road on Bonnet Street/Route 30. Go to our Directions page for an interactive map. Location: 340 Recreation Park Road. Directions: The Manchester Dog Park is located at the Dana L. Thompson Recreation Center. Drive in to the parking area by Applejack Field (fenced athletic field); the dog park is on the opposite end of the track (left of parking area). (Thank you Sylvia Carpenter)

South Burlington

  • Patchen Road. Leash free area. It's an unofficial dog park. It is an old baseball field that is not completely fenced in, but here are minimal hiking trails beyond it where the dogs can run free. It's accessible year round. Parking is available. Location: Patchen Road. Directions: It's right on Patchen Road. (Thank you Melanie Jannery)

St. Johnsbury

  • Dog Mountain. 150 acres to explore leash free, dog chapel, art gallery (dogs welcome leash free at all places!). It is Vermont artist Stephen Huneck's mission to make the world a dog friendly place to be. At Dog Mountain his artwork is displayed, including a chapel he has created with the sole purpose of honoring animals who have passed away. Photos of pets from across the globe adorn the walls and are all placed there in remembrance by their family members. There are 150 wooded acres with trails for dogs and their companions to hike and explore. Dogs are welcome in the gallery and dog trets are always available! Location: 143 Parks Road. (Thank you Jennifer D'Agostino)

     

Jun 20th

Dog Parks and Dog beaches in Florida

By Stewart (Pooch Dates Top Dog)

Florida Dog Parks

Sorted by city then park name

St. Johns County Paw Park Park
City:
Augustine, FL
Phone:
Website:
Hours: Sunrise - Sunset
Location: Within Treaty Park; from I-95, exit 94 North to Wildwood Drive, located between SR 207 and Federal Hwy 1
Features: Fenced, tables, trees, parking, restrooms, poopbags, trashcans, water source, picnic tables, agility equipment, separate small dog area.


Dog Beach
City:
Bonita Springs, FL
Phone:
Website:
Hours: Dawn - dusk
Location: New Pass of Bonita Beach Blvd.
Features: Basically a sandbar surrounded by shallow water where dogs can swim and run off-leash safely; sanctioned by the city. NOTE- we have had a report that leash laws are now enforced and that fines will be given for off-leash dogs.


Happy Tails Canine Park
City:
Bradenton, FL
Phone:
Website: http://www.manateechamber.com/parks.asp
Hours: Dawn - Dusk
Location: 51st Street West at G.T. Bray Park
Features: One of the county’s largest public properties, this 140-acre sporting complex features jogging and bike paths, a tennis complex, various athletic fields and a swimming pool. There’s also a gymnasium complete with programs for all ages, two full-size golf courses and two gulf-side beaches staffed with lifeguards.


Dr. Paul’s Pet Care Center Dog Park
City:
Coral Springs, FL 33065
Phone:
Website: http://toppetcare.com/
Hours: Dawn - 9:30 pm
Location: 2915 Sportsplex Drive,
Features: Dr. Paul's Pet Care Center Dog Park provides a unique recreation area for dogs and their families. Equipped with agility equipment, an open field, and water stations, the park provides a place for dogs to frolic off leash with their owners.


Pooch Pines Dog Park at Okeeheelee Park
City:
Delray, FL
Phone:
Website: http://www.co.palm-beach.fl.us/parks/specfac/dog_park/index.htm
Hours: Dawn - dusk
Location: 7715 Forest Hill Blvd.
Features: Fenced, 5 acres, paved pathways, shaded sitting areas, disposal bag dispensers and receptacles, trash cans, restrooms and parking nearby, separate areas for large and small dogs, canine drinking stations, dog washing area.


The Dog Park in Lake Ida Park
City:
Delray, FL
Phone:
Website: http://www.co.palm-beach.fl.us/parks/specfac/dog_park/index.htm
Hours: Sunrise - sunset
Location: 2929 Lake Ida Rd.
Features: 2.5 acres, (2) fenced-in areas: one for small dogs and one for large dogs, (2) canine drinking stations, (1) dog washing area, (8) shaded sitting areas, paved pathway, dispensers and receptacles for dog waste bags, restrooms and parking areas located nearby, information kiosk.


Bark Park at Snyder Park
City:
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Phone:
Website: http://ci.fort-lauderdale.fl.us/cityparks/snyder/barkpark
Hours: 7 an - 7:30 pm
Location: 3299 S.W. 4th Ave.
Features: Fenced, two open-air pavilions, benches, disposal bags, trash cans, parking, restrooms, water, separate area for small dogs, two hose stations, drinking fountains, agility equipment, small nature area with more than 20 labeled native trees. Freshwater dog swim Sat.-Sun. and holidays 10-5, first weekend in Mar.-first Sun. in Dec.; fee $1.


Dog Beach
City:
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Phone:
Website:
Hours: 3pm - 6pm Sat & Sun only
Location: A stretch of ocean beach, beginning at Sunrise and A1A
Features: A stretch of ocean beach, beginning at Sunrise and A1A, has been designated the 'dog beach' in Fort Lauderdale. A permit is required to use this beach and you must have it with you (fee is $5.30 per visit or $15 + tax for a year). I do not believe any provisions have been made to provide special permits for tourists . It is best to check with the city before you bring your dog here.


Hugh Taylor Birch Park
City:
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Phone:
Website:
Hours:
Location: On Sunrise
Features:


Dog Wood Off-Leash Park
City:
Gainesville, FL
Phone: 352-335-1919
Website: http://dogwoodpark.com
Hours: Sat.-Sun. noon-5
Location: 5505 S.W. Archer Rd.
Features: Six-foot fence, 15 acres, double-gated entry and exit, jogging trail, hammocks, gazebo, picnic tables, lounge chairs, swinging and regular benches, multiple clean-up stations with disposal bags, indoor restrooms, free bottled water, soft drinks for sale, two large swimming ponds for dogs, wading pools, dog shower, agility course, sunny and shady areas for small dogs, park-provided tennis balls. Park also offers a do-it-yourself dog wash, a doggie boutique, dog day care, a dog photography studio and agility and obedience training.
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Gainesville DogWood Park
City:
Gainesville, FL
Phone:
Website:
Hours: Open to visitors on Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 5pm
Location: 5505 SW Archer Road
Features: 15 acres, completely fenced with 6-foot high chain link fence, all entrances and exits are double-gated. The park has a jogging trail, hammocks, picnic tables, lounge chairs, swinging benches, regular benches, two huge dog swimming ponds, kiddie pools, a fountain, a gazebo, an agility course, a sunny small dog area, a shady small dog area, a dog shower, indoor restrooms, soft drinks for sale, free bottled water, agility-type obstacles in the main park, park-provided tennis balls, multiple poop clean-up stations with bags and scoopers provided. DogWood Park is park of Dog Central Station which includes a do-it-yourself dog wash (The Dog Wash), a doggie boutique (The Spot Shop), dog day care, agility training, and obedience training.

Fees:
$5 for the first dog, $2 for each additional dog, and $1.50 for each person.
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Jupiter Beach
City:
Jupiter, FL
Phone:
Website:
Hours: Sunrise - sunset
Location:
Features: Benches, handicap access, poopbags,parking, restrooms, trash, shelter.
comments = a nice area to meet and play with other dogs.
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Higgs Beach Dog Park
City:
Key West, FL 33040
Phone:
Website: http://www.keywestdogpark.org/
Hours: 6am to 11pm daily
Location: Corner of White Street and Atlantic Boulevard
Features: social spot for dogs in Key West -- actually, two spots: We've got one for dogs weighing 25lbs or less, and another, larger area (where you'll usually find me) for dogs of all sizes. Bring along your owner and let's have fun!"


Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (or PEAR Park)
City:
Leesburg, FL
Phone:
Website: http://www.lakecountyfl.gov/departments/public_works/parks/
Hours:
Location: 5336 University Ave.
Features:


Dog Chow Dog Park at Kennedy Park
City:
Miami, FL
Phone:
Website:
Hours: Sunrise - sunset
Location: 2400 South Bayshore Drive (in Coconut Grove)
Features: Fenced, benches, handicap access, trees, parking, restrooms, water, trashcans.
Comments = lots of trees and places for pooches to sniff and explore; a separate fenced area for small dogs to run.


Rover Run
City:
Naples, FL
Phone:
Website:
Hours: Dawn - dusk
Location: 1900 Immokalee Road
Features: Fenced, benches, handicap access, poopbags, trees, parking, water, trashcans.
Comments = lots of trees and places for pooches to sniff and explore; a separate fenced area for small dogs to run.


Paw Park of Historic Sanford
City:
Orlando, FL
Phone:
Website:
Hours: 7:30am to 7:30pm daily
Location: 427 French Ave(US Hwy 17-92)
Features: Fenced, Double Gated Entrance, Benches, Tables, Self Watering Bowls, Dog Showers, Small Dog Area, Poopbag Dispensers, Parking, Handicap Access, Community Bulletin Board, Nicely Shaded with Mature Oak Trees, Located 20 Min North of Downtown Orlando, Easy Access from I-4.


HAPPY TAILS DOG PARK AT SEMINOLE PARK
City:
Plantation, FL 33317
Phone: 954-452-2510
Website: http://www.plantation.org/parks/City-Parks/happy-tails-dog-park.html
Hours: 7 am - Dusk
Location: 6600 SW 16th Street
Features: Happy Tails Park is a great new place to walk your dog and meet friends. Located at Seminole Park in the City of Plantation, the park provides five acres dedicated to man's best friend.

The park is home to the Plantation Canine Unit and features three distinct activity areas: a leash free run and fun area for large dogs, an exercise area ideal for agility training and an area for smaller dogs (twenty-five pounds or less).

The park features ample parking, restroom facilities and pavilions and is open to the public from 7:00 a.m. until dusk, seven days a week. Holiday hours will vary.


Paw Park of Historic Sanford
City:
Sanford, FL
Phone: 407-330-5688
Website: http://www.pawparksanford.org
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Location: 427 S. French Avenue
Features: Fenced, double-gated entry, shaded with mature oak trees, historic lighting, paved walkway, benches, tables, disposal bag dispensers, parking, self-watering bowls, water misting station, dog showers, separate area for small dogs, community bulletin board. Access for the disabled.


Bark Park Inc.
City:
Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Phone: 850-267-3936
Website: http://www.barkparkinc.org
Hours:
Location: 342 d J D Miller Rd
Features: 2 acre off leash dog park in Walton County.

Fees:
Memberships $20.00 per year. Bark Park Training Academy. Sponsored by Pet Butler, America's Pet Waste Cleanup Service.


17th Street Park & Paw Park
City:
Sarasota, FL
Phone:
Website: http://www.scgov.net
Hours: Daily dawn-dusk
Location: 4570 17th St.
Features: Six-foot fence, 6 acres, lighted, double-gated entry, trees, benches, tables, disposal bags, trash cans, parking, restrooms, water, dog shower, separate area for small dogs, community bulletin board.
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Lakeview Park
City:
Sarasota, FL
Phone:
Website: http://www.scgov.net
Hours: Dawn - Midnight
Location: 7150 Lago St.
Features: Six-foot fence, double-gated entry, many trees, benches, tables, disposal bags, trash cans, parking, restrooms, water, dog shower, separate area for small dogs, community bulletin board. Access for the disabled.
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Satellite Beach Dog Park
City:
Satellite Beach, FL
Phone: 321-777-8004
Website: http://www.satellitebeach.org/RCdogPrk.htm
Hours: 8am - 8pm
Location: Located at the Satellite Beach Sports &
Recreation Park (west of the Satellite Beach Library)
Features: 6' perimeter fence (1.5 acres), Double-gated security entrance area, Separate fenced small-dog area, Tables and benches under shade trees, Memorial brick path, Dog-wash and drinking water areas, Dog toys, playground equipment, fire hydrants! Waste disposal stations throughout, Next to natural habitat area, Located at Satellite Beach Sports & Recreation Park next to public library, Parking and restrooms nearby.

Fees:
$2 for up to 2 people with 3 dogs

$3 for more than 2 people or more than 3 dogs

Annual Memberships

Individual (human) $150
($100 if all dogs are spayed/neutered)

Family (human) $200
($150 if all dogs are spayed/neutered)
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Ft. DeSoto County Park
City:
St. Petersburg, FL
Phone:
Website:
Hours:
Location: Pinellas Bayway
Features: Benches, tables, trees,parking, phones, restrooms, water, trash
comments = A portion of the beach is designated for dogs. A very scenic park with lots of things to do.
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Tom Brown Park
City:
Tallahassee, FL
Phone:
Website:
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Location: Easterwood Avenue (Off of 319)
Features: Fenced, benches, poopbags, trees, parking, water, trash.
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Al Lopez Park
City:
Tampa, FL
Phone:
Website:
Hours: Dawn - dusk
Location: 4810 N. Himes Avenue
Features: Fenced, benches, tables, handicap access, poopbags, trees, parking, restrooms, water, trash cans, separate large dog and small dog areas.
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Lake Idamere Park
City:
Tavares, FL
Phone:
Website: http://www.lakecountyfl.gov/departments/public_works/parks/
Hours:
Location: 12335 County Road 448
Features: The dog park features three separate areas; one for larger dogs, another for smaller canines and a third for future expansion of a doggie obstacle course. The fenced-in dog park also offers multiple entry gates, dog-waste stations, water stations and plenty of shade trees. The fishing pier, which overlooks the 96-acre Lake Idamere, features a 30-by-12-foot platform at the end of the pier and is constructed of low-maintenance and durable composite decking.
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Brohard Beach & Paw Park
City:
Venice, FL
Phone:
Website: http://www.scgov.net
Hours: Dawn - midnight
Location: 1600 Harbor Dr. South
Features: Six-foot fence, trees, benches, tables, shelter, disposal bags, trash cans, parking, water, dog shower, separate area for small dogs, community bulletin board. Dog Beach is accessed by boardwalk from Paw Park. Dogs are permitted in a restricted area along Brohard Beach as indicated by beach signs.
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Woodmere Park & Woodmere Paw Park
City:
Venice, FL
Phone:
Website: http://www.co.sarasota.fl.us/parks/
Hours: Dawn - Dusk
Location: 3951 Woodmere Park Blvd.
Features: Fenced, double-gated entry, trees, benches, tables, disposal bags, trash cans, parking, restrooms, water, double-gated section for small dogs near the front gate, dog shower, community bulletin board.
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Jun 17th

Dog Parks Of Rhode Island

By Stewart (Pooch Dates Top Dog)

Dog Parks - Rhode Island

Newport Dog Park
City: Newport

State: RI
Website: http://www.rik9.com/dog_parks.htm
Dog Park Info: The City of Newport's off-leash park is located on Connell Highway at the base of the Pell Bridge (directly across the street from the Newport Playhouse). The park is free and open to the public from 6AM to 9PM. All dogs over 6 months of age must be licensed.

Mt. Pleasant
Meridian Park

Located on Meridian Road near High Street
trees, parking, water. Comments= it's just an off-road park running by the river, secluded and from off a not-busy road

Providence
Barc Parc

Located on Patterson Street, cross streets Rhode Island Avenue and Nesbit Street
Open 6am to 9pm daily. Fenced (partial), tables, handicap access, trees, parking, trashcans.
Comments= Located in a wooded area in the midst of a 40 acre preserve in the heart of providence's East Side.

Wanskuck Park Dog Park
Located on Woodward Road, between Branch Avenue and Mineral Spring Avenue
Open 24 hours.
Fenced, benches, handicap access, trees, trashcans.
Comments= a nice dirt walking path and a large open grassy area. Leash laws may be enforced so use at your own discretion. Fencing in disrepair and area is next to the street so use caution.

Jun 17th

Dog parks and Dog Friendly Places In NH

By Stewart (Pooch Dates Top Dog)

Dog Parks - New Hampshire

New Hampshire


Amherst

  • American K9 Country. Fenced dog park. Location: 336 rte 101 (across from camp road bedford/amherst line) (Thank you Kara Diorio)

Belmont

  •  Happy Tails Dog Park of Belmont, NH. A group of dedicated pet parents is working hard to establish an off- leash dog park in Belmont, NH. We plan on opening the park to the residents of Belmont and it's surrounding communities to promote healthy socialization for our canine companions. (Thank you Lisa Clutters)

Boscawen

  • Jamie Welch Memorial Park. Ball Fields. This is NOT AN OFFICIAL DOG PARK, it's baseball fields and tennis courts. But there is a good-sized fenced in ball field which is open to pets as long as you are willing to scoop the poop! Location: West Road (off King St). Directions: Exit 17 off 1-93 onto Route 3 North. Head into the Boscawen town center (King Street) and West Rd is on your right just before Cumberland Farms. The park is at the end of the road, which curves to the right. (Thank you Jen Berry)

Concord

  • Concord Community Dog Park COMING SOON! We are still fundraising but we already had the land donated by City of Concord! Location: Will be at the site of Terrill park at Manchester and Old Turnpike roads. Friends of the Concord Community Dog Park. Directions: We are still fundraising! We need funds for the fencing, benches, etc. please contact Doug Campbell, at dcampbell8069@aol.com to find out how to help! (Thank you Kara O'Donnell)

Derry

  • Derry Dog Park. Off leash fenced dog park. Some agility equip, toys, kiddie pool in summer, picnic tables, double gated, mostly dirt, tents for shade. Location: Fordway St (next to Derry dog pound). Directions: I-93 to exit 4 = Rt 102, Go East towards Derry, Right at 1st set of lights = Fordway St. Park is less than 1/2 mile on right. Next to dog pound. (Thank you Stacey Mottram & John P. Tomaselli)

Hampstead

  • Hampstead Conservation Center. Many trails with beautiful wooded landscape. Dogs only with voice command off leash. there is many hikers and mt. bikers. many feild dogs. very buggy in summer great winters. Location: West rd. Directions: 93 north, ext 3 take right off ramp. lights take left. striaght to rt 111 east. west rd on left. come to a rock wall on right slow down you will see parking lot. (Thank you Kathy Nelson)

Nashua

  • Nashua Play Group. Nashua Play Group sponsored by Nashua D.O.G. (Thank you Alan Wolfson & Ernest Grindle)

Contoocook

  • Hopkinton High School. NOT AN OFFICIAL DOG PARK, but there is a good-sized fenced in ball field that is open to dogs. Ball Fields. Location: 297 Park Avenue (Rt 103). Directions: Exit 6 or 7 off of I-89. Follow signs for Rt 103/Contoocook. (Thank you Jen Berry)

Portsmouth

  • Portsmouth Dog Park. This chain-link fenced off area at South Mill Pond is posted with the following rules: Clean up after your dog. No unsupervised children under 12. No children under 6. Remove all spike and choke collars. Dogs need collar with ID license and vaccination tags. Dog to be controlled by voice. No dogs left unattended. No puppies under four months. Limit of three dogs per person. Use park at own risk. Owners responsible for all dog actions. No glass, littering or motor equipment. Dog with bite history must be muzzled. Dogs in park must be spayed or neutered. Location: South Mill Pond. Directions: From the city center take Pleasant street and bear right at parking lot. Dog park is in center of park at South Mill Pond. (Thank you Pamela Welch)
     

Raymond

  • Riverside Bark Dog Park.  Off leash dog park. Open from dawn to dusk. Location: Sundeen Parkway. Directions: Rt 101 to exit 4. (Thanks you Tom O'Neill)

Rochester

  • Rochester Dog Park. Fenced dog park. If you are not a member we invite you to sign up for a "ONE DAY" complimentary pass. Location: Taylor Avenue. Directions: Route 125 south of Rochester, turn left onto Toll End road toward waste management. First left onto Taylor Avenue. Park is on your right. (Thank you Kate Wilcox)

     


    Derry Dog Park

Nashua
State: NH

Website: http://www.nashuadog.org/
Dog Park Info: Nashua D.O.G. is working to establish a permanent off leash dog park in Nashua New Hampshire.

Peterborough
Peterborough Town Beach

Located on Cunningham Pont at Route 101; open daylight hours
Comments: beach was donated to town by town resident and author of 'The Secret Life of Dogs' on the condition that dogs be welcome there.

Portsmouth
Portsmouth Dog Park

Located next to tennis courts at South Mill Pond (Junkins Ave?); open dawn until the lights go out (10 -11 pm); fenced, benches, handicap access,poopbags, trees, parking, lights, water, trash.
It's the only dogpark in the area, watch for glass in the fill used by the town when they used the park to set off fireworks during Market Square Day. You are required to pick up afer your dog. DON'T let your dogs swim in or drink the water in South Mill Pond - it's polluted


City: Derry
State: NH
Website: http://www.derry.nh.us/recreation/html/Dog%20Park.htm
Dog Park Info: Some agility equip, toys, kiddie pool in summer, picnic tables, double gated, mostly dirt, tents for shade.
Location: Fordway St (next to Derry dog pound).
Directions: I-93 to exit 4 = Rt 102, Go East towards Derry, Right at 1st set of lights = Fordway St. Park is less than 1/2 mile on right. Next to dog pound.