Do you love your dog? There are many people in Davie who do. And, luckily enough, there are Davie Florida dog parks all around the area!
Happy Tails Dog Park at Seminole Park – Plantation, Florida
This dog park is located in the City of Plantation, just 3.5 miles from the center of Davie. It’s a place where you can meet your friends who are dog lovers themselves, and give both you and your pet some recreation time.
The Park hosts the local Police Force’s Plantation Canine Unit. Three different activity areas on five acres of land give you and your pet a variety of things to do.
One leash-free run area is reserved for large dogs where they can run, play and make friends. There’s another place for smaller dogs, too. The weight limit in that area is 25 pounds or less. You can also visit the exercise area that can help you do some agility training.
Craig Rupp K-9 Dog Park – Pembroke Pines, Florida
The quick 6-mile trip from downtown Davie is all you need to enjoy this newly renovated dog park. It’s a popular place for local dog owners to gather. You’ll find two play areas, designated for small and large dogs. There are benches for owners to relax and watch their dogs run or try the obstacles for them to conquer. The Annual Bow-Wow Ween Costume Contest is held in the Park, too!
Dr. Steven G. Paul Dog Park – Coral Springs, FL
Dr. Steven Paul, a local veterinarian, founded this two-acre park. It’s one of the first dog parks in the state, having been completed in the early 1990s. The park is free to use, and dogs of all sizes are welcome. There are public restrooms, and poop bag dispensers in case your forget yours. Your dog can enjoy off-leash areas, an agility area, and water is available.
Barkham at Markham Dog Park – Sunrise, Florida
The Barkham dog park is located in the Markham Park in Sunrise. You will need a pass, which you can purchase at the Markham Park Office. The park has the distinct honor of being voted a Broward Family Favorite for 2018. The Broward Family Life Magazine sponsors the vote every year.
The park covers a three-acre fenced-in are just west of the entrance to Markham Park. There are sections for large dogs and small dogs to play leash-free. For the people, there are asphalt walking or jogging paths, and three shelters. One of the shelters has fountains that provide cool water for the humans, and dogs have their own fountains in some areas.
Another excellent amenity is the dog wash – just in case Fido gets dirty. But, of course, that would never happen, right?
In Other News. . .
Broward County has a number of parks that aren’t strictly for dogs, but they are dog friendly. You can see a list on the County website.
In addition, Cooper City opened two new dog parks in July of this year. Read more about it at the Sun Sentinel.
Be Dog Park Wise
You should check the rules for a dog park the first time you visit. Different cities may have different rules. In general, these are the things that you can do to keep dog parks safe for all the two and four-legged visitors:
- If your dog is aggressive toward other dogs, you should find another place to exercise your dog where there are no unleashed dogs.
- Dogs must have up to date vaccinations.
- Keep your dog on a leash as you enter and exit the dog park. Take your dog’s leash off as soon as you enter. Other dogs running loose may intimidate one dog on a leash.
- Don’t bring your female dog to a park if she’s in heat.
- Keep your dog within your sight at all times.
- Pick up after your dog.
- Be ready to leave the off-leash area at the first sign that your dog is becoming aggressive.
- Don’t bring food or treats into the off-leash area. Competing for food can cause aggression.
- Don’t let your dog join in a large gathering of dogs. If a crowd is forming, leave the other owners and call your dog away.
- If a fight occurs, don’t reach into the middle of the group. Try distracting the dogs with a loud whistle or a blast of water from a water bottle. If your dog is extremely aggressive or intimidated, go for a walk with your leashed dog outside the off-leash area until all concerned have a chance to calm down.
Our pets are important to all of us. Davie Florida dog parks are great places to socialize your dog to other dogs and other people. Staying alert will make everyone’s day a happy one.
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