Dog parks are a great way to socialize and exercise your adult dog. Broward County residents are fortunate to have at least 15 off leash dog parks to choose from as well as a variety of dog friendly on leash parks. Off leash dog parks provide much needed space for dogs to run free. For condo dwelling dog owners and dog owners with small yours, dog parks are a great opportunity for dogs to be dogs in a large open space. Remember, there is always risk associated with off leash activities. Not everyone takes care of their dog’s health like they should. There is always risk of disease. There is also risk when owners go to dog parks with their dogs that are completely inappropriate for off leash interactions with other dogs. Dog fights can occur and dogs can be physically injured or emotionally injured. It is crucial to look at the activity and interactions of the dogs and the supervision provided by the owners BEFORE walking in the park. If any inappropriate interactions are taking place or if any dog owners are not properly supervising their dogs, don’t go in. If you see well supervised dogs that are playing well together, then maybe it’s your day to try a dog park. Here are my top picks.
Holiday Park Dog Park 1150 G. Harold Martin Drive, Fort Lauderdale FL 33304
Ribbon cutting is Saturday March 4, 2017 at 9:30am! Dogs are welcome to attend the ceremony provided they are on a leash, well-behaved, and their owners clean up after them.
Happy Tails Park 6600 SW 16th St, Plantation, FL 33317
Happy Tails has three off leash areas!
The beauty of this park is that you and your dog have access to two off leash areas. If you see inappropriate interactions or supervision in one off leash area, you have access to another off leash area. The park is well maintained and people pick up after their dogs. If it’s not your day to be in the off leash park because you don’t like what you see, then take your dog for a long walk on leash at nearby Plantation Heritage Park.
Bark Park 971 NW 38 Street, Oakland Park, FL 33334
This little gem has two off leash areas. One for large dogs and one for small dogs. It is well maintained and clean. If it’s not your day to be in the off leash park because you don’t like what you see, then take your dog for a long walk on leash at nearby Easterlin Park.
Barkham at Markham Park 16001 W. State Rd. 84, Sunrise, FL 33326
Barkham is not free… a pass is required either yearly ($25) or by the day ($5). Maybe the “cover charge” keeps the “ruff raff” out? The park requires proof of rabies vaccination for the pass. It is also well maintained and clean. If it’s not your day to be in the off leash park because you don’t like what you see, then take your dog for a long walk on leash in Markham Park. This park is dog friendly on a six foot leash.
If you are hesitant to go to a dog park because your dog may not be trained to come when called, consult a professional dog trainer. Not every dog is a good fit for a dog park. Consult a professional dog trainer if you have questions.
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