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Bonners Ferry / Sandpoint Region
Hickory Street Park
Sandcreek Mulit Use Trail
Balto Dog Park
Greater Coeur d’Alene Region
Kootenai County Dog Park
Moscow / Lewiston Region
Moscow Dog Park
Dog Parks can be great places to take our dogs for exercise. Some parks are fenced and some have enough space to take a walk. There are a lot of pros and cons to off leash dog parks but when it comes down to it your dog’s temperament will have the biggest impact on your dog park experience.
Dog Parks aren’t for every dog and aren’t necessarily safe for every dog. Parks that are small or have seating encourage people to just congregate, instead of play and interact with their dog. When this happens owners are much less likely to exercise control over their dog(s) when they start bullying other dogs. Just like on a play ground, dogs and kids will bully and it may just look like teasing or rough play. You wouldn’t let a sixth grader play rough with a second grader on the play ground, there is no reason a big dog should ever play rough with a small dog. Every breed can be dangerous and rough play is typically the precursor injury. When owners are having fun with their dogs they know what is going on and can move away or interrupt play when it gets too rough.
If your dog doesn’t do well with other dogs its no big deal, skip the park and enjoy your dog for the dog she/he is.
On the other hand maybe you have a social butterfly for a dog and the dog park is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Puppy owners also enjoy dog parks because it can be a safe way to introduce your puppy to other dogs so that it doesn’t become reactive when its older. Maybe you are the social butterfly and love meeting dog people and the dog park is your favorite hang out. I know I’ve met some amazing people at dog parks.
Please feel free to make posts about your experiences at dog parks and your photos!