Trying to find a dog friendly area in a hurry can feel like it warrants a trip to the emergency room. Trying to do it in a place you’re not familiar with is an inevitable situation, and makes everything even worse. Think chewed car seats, wet upholstery or running shoes, and a driver who’s more distracted than a vet with a vampire bat.
Luckily, there are a few easy ways to find dog-friendly areas in a hurry. It doesn’t matter whether you need to stretch your legs, have a toilet stop, or just get out of the car before you lose it altogether.
One thing you must remember is to never settle for any park and assume you can trust your dog without a leash… You need to find a proper dog park to use, preferably with a fence or other containment system that keeps you and Fido safe from traffic, and where you won’t pick up a hefty council fine before you even have time to crack out the poo bags.
The search for an off leash dog park begins where most good searches do: online. (OK, we sound biased, but try to find anything useful on your GPS or an old road map when your furry friend is in a hurry to have his afternoon run and you can’t remember how to spell the suburb you’re in?)
Load up your phone with a good mobile app catering especially for dog owners, or check out the location of a few local parks online before you leave the house.
Another tip to remember is that most dog parks don’t have actual addresses. This can make it hard for you to take your pet there for an afternoon walk, unless you’re in a territory that you’re familiar with.
In order to figure out where the park is, you will need to get directions. Most people associate their local dog park with a landmark of some sort. If the park you select has directions or a landmark listed, half of your job is completed and you’ll be skipping all the way to the carpark.
If you’re already out and about, passers-by should be familiar enough with the dog park to guide you the rest of the way. Release pent-up energy by taking your pet to the park and enjoy an afternoon run. And don’t forget, enjoy the time with your best friend while you’re there… that’s why you went to so much trouble to find a dog-friendly area in the first place!