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I recently acquired a sweet rescue dog who loves to play
with other dogs but whose #1 favorite activity is running
away and never coming back. We are told that she can and
will jump any fence shorter than 6 feet high. She was
having a BALL playing at the Albany Memorial Park enclosed
dog park, but they've just closed it for a month to re-seed
the grass. Any other recommendations, from Oakland to
Pinole? The nice new dog park in El Cerrito seems to have a
VERY jumpable-looking fence.
I seem to remember the dog park at Frog (Hardy Dog) Park in
Oakland having a high fence. Worth a look. --
I've got a small dog who is timid with all dogs but
especially skittish with bigger dogs. He really wants to
play with dogs but it takes him some time to warm up. He
does not enjoy the Ohlone dog park because there are so many
big dogs there. Is there a small dog park closer to Berkeley
than the one in Alameda? Anyone have any idea how to get a
small dog park started in the Berkeley area? doesn't want
to play with the big boys
i have a small dog like yours, wants to play, but timid.
we go for short excursions to willard park on derby st, and
monkey island (Claremont Boulevard at Oak Knoll Terrace)
both dog friendly. the marina also works during daytime
hours when there aren't many dogs.
my timid pup would love to meet and hopefully play with your
We have a Rug (Rat Terrier/Pug) who loves everyone and a
Yorkie who was VERY timid of pretty much any dog or human;
however, the Berkeley Marina is the perfect place for such a
dog. There are plenty of little dogs... and once you get to
know the place you will know what days are best to go. We go
every weekend in the morning. All the dogs there are very
well behaved. You can always post on the board located in
the picnic area (where the picnic tables and water fountain
is)- staying you are starting a little dog play-date group
there and what times and days you will be there. I highly
recommend the Berkeley Marina (it's off of University) It's
called Cesar Chavez Park
Try meeting up with a few neighborhood dogs first (in
backyards, tennis courts, etc) so he gets accustomed to a
few dogs. When he is really comfortable with them, go as a
group to a dog park during off hours so he gets comfortable
with the location while he's already comfortable with a few
of the dogs there. dog trainer
There's a new dog park in El Cerrito, Bruce King Memorial
Dog Park. It's divided into two parts, one for small dogs
and one for large dogs, and it's located on Lexington (2
blocks east of San Pablo) between Blake and Portrero. It's
very pleasant, though small, and has water and benches.
There is a new dog park that just opened up in El Cerrito
last month. It has separated play areas for large dogs and
for small dogs. It is a bit small, but it's nice to have a
small-dog-only place for those of us with small dogs that
need to get out more! The Bruce King Memorial Dog Park is
located in the 1600 block of Lexington Avenue between
Potrero Avenue and Blake Street (along the Ohlone Greenway).
My best friend is moving to Napa. A big part of our friendship
has been walking our dogs together at Point Isabele. I am
wondering - does anyone know of a really great dog park between
here and Napa, one that is around half way - such that we could
meet there in between? Maybe in Vallejo or somehwere? THANK
There is a nice dog park in Benicia up off Rose drive at the
Community Park. That might be somewhat central.
A place to start could be this website
We are moving to Vallejo and are wondering if there are any off
leash dog parks (like the one on Alameda) in Vallejo or
surrounding areas. Or any off leash dog areas at all.
There's a fenced off-leash dog park in Benicia, right next door
to Vallejo. It's part of the huge park complex at the Community
Park (it's in the NW corner, past the skate area). You can find
directions to the whole park at:
I've only taken my dog there once, but it was fun. It's not
huge, but there's room to run and there were lots of nice dogs
and people there. There's a DIY dog-washing station, too.
Vallejo is building a brand new dog park (it should be
completed by December) located at Wardlaw Park. (Wardlaw Park
is bordered by Redwood Parkway, Ascot Parkway and Oakwood Dr.)
The dog park will be located on the Ascot Parkway side. Jesse
Bethel HS is across the street. It's a nice, open location and
easily accessible. If you drive by, you'll see fencing
surrounding the area where the dog park will be located.
There's a dog park in Benicia called Phenix dog park, in the Benicia Community
park. Use the parking lot at Rose and Kearney Drives. There's an asphalt path with
paw prints at the west end of the lot that leads to the dog park. There are also 3
parks in Napa with off-leash areas for dogs. Alston Park, JFK memorial park, and
Shurtleff Park. I haven't been to any of them - the recomendations come from ''The
Dog Lover's Companion to California''. It's a couple of years old but all of these
parks were well-rated at the time.
Pt. Isabel -
behind Costco -- very easy to find, and really fun, even if you don't go
with a dog! Linda
Buy a family pass to the regional park system. There are lots of places
you can run your dog off leash under voice control in the regional parks:
Point Pinole, Sunol, Redwood to name a few. When you join they'll send you
a booklet with all the parks and what facilities each has and allows. It's
a great buy.
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