Looking for something else to do with your pup? Feeling a little guilty letting your dog run around in the backyard or taking it for walks with little socialization and not enough options for exploration? Then try bringing your best friend to one of these this Spring:
Why you should bring your dog here: If there was ever a park perfectly catered to dogs, then it’s Blydenburgh. With separate gated areas exclusively set up for small and large dogs, waste bag dispensers, water fountains, and plenty of shady space for your dog to run around, here is a great place for your dog to meet some friends-and you, too!
What to keep in mind: Don’t bring your dog here if he or she has never interacted with other dogs before or has aggression issues. Most of the dogs that come here have already been exposed to other dogs, and your dog should get a little more comfortable prior to coming.
Location: Blydenburgh Park is located on Veterans Memorial Highway in Hauppauge.
Why you should bring your dog here: The facility is a great place for humans and dogs alike. With water to drink for your dog and a huge gated area for small and large dogs to run around, it will sure be a fun day at Cherry Avenue. The ground is also covered with wood chips to prevent your pup from getting his or her muddy paws all over your car!
What to keep in mind: The Baymen Soccer Club Field is here, and they really don’t like the dogs going over to play on ‘their territory’, so make sure to just keep your dog in the designated dog park area.
Location: 250 Cherry Ave, West Sayville
Why you should bring your dog here: The Park is huge, with separate areas for large and small dogs which are gated. There are plenty of amenities here, including water stations, benches, waste bag dispensers, and a lot of space for your dog to play with his or her new friends. The Park itself is one of the safest this side of the Island.
What to keep in mind: Your dog needs to be neutered or spayed to enter, as well as have their rabies vaccinations (as most parks require). Your dog also needs a ‘pooch pass’ to enter.
Location: 1075 Middle Country Road, Middle Island
Why you should bring your dog here: The Park is not just a park-it’s located on the beach! With a natural gated area where you can let your dog run freely off his or her leash, your dog will be very grateful that you took them here.
What to keep in mind: There are really no amenities provided at this park since it is basically a natural park turned ‘dog-friendly’. Please clean up after your dog. Also, recently there has been glass found in this area, and although the park is cleaning it up, make sure to check if it’s been taken care of.
Location: 450 Roe Avenue, Patchogue
Why you should bring your dog here: Well, if you live in Selden or Centereach, you’ll know that there are not many places nearby to bring your dog. Finally, that’s all changed. The park is fairly new, opening last year. While it is not a huge area, it is still a nice facility with a lot of amenities.
What to keep in mind: The Park is kind of small, and located on a busy road. Just make sure to keep an eye on your dog and children while you’re here.
Location: Boyle Road, Selden
Why you should bring your dog here: This Park has everything-for you, and your dog. Let your dog play around while you have a picnic, go camping, or even go horseback riding. There is gorgeous flora and fauna to admire while you’re here, as well as some wildlife to see if you look closely!
What to keep in mind: This is a very large park, so don’t get you or your dog lost!
Location: Sweet Hollow Rd., Huntington
And, if parks aren’t really your thing…
Hounds Town U.S.A. provides the ultimate ‘day-care’ experience for owners who don’t have enough time to spend at home with their dogs during the work week. Just like sending a child to day-care, your dog will have play-time, nap-time, snack-time and other amenities, such as grooming, training programs, or even weight-loss programs! Located in Port Jefferson Station.
Petsmart also does a Doggy Day Camp, where you can drop your dog off any day of the week so that he or she can socialize while you are at work, or if you just want to give your dog the opportunity for some playtime once in a while. There are multiple locations throughout Suffolk County.
Lastly, Petco does a Saturday morning playtime, where although you need to stay with your dog, you can hang out and watch your dog interact with his or her new friends.
Photo: Flickr| Eddie Van 3000