Dog Park: Pet Station Country Club Dog Park, Louisville, KY

Nature of Park: Half Indoor/half outdoor fenced
Open to Private: Kenneled pets only (got to attend b/c of an event!)
Location: 4800 Murphy Ln, Louisville, KY 40241
Enrichment: Agility, Indoor Pool, Trees
Areas: One area for all (indoor can be open or closed to include the outside)
Surface: Turf, Tile, Dirt, Mulch, Grass
Human Comforts: Just a few benches (not really for humans!)

 

 

4 out of 5 Paws

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Dog Park: Kennel Resorts Beagle Bay Dog Park, Milford OH

Nature of Park: Fenced Off Leash
Open to Members
Location: 5825 Meadowview Dr, Milford, OH 45150
Enrichment: Agility and Pond
Areas: One area for all
Surface: Dirt, Mulch, Grass, Rock
Human Comfort: A Few picnic benches and a swing

 

 

3.5 out of 5 Paws

Top 5 Pet Friendliest Cities as rated by theOKdogs

What are theOKdog’s Top 5 Pet Friendly Cities??

 

#5 Columbia, Missouri
Why we love Columbia:

  • Lots of dog nature areas: non fenced large nature areas where dogs are allowed off leash.

 

 

#4 Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Lots of dog parks
  • Has an airport dog park
  • Has lots of large dog nature areas

 

 

 

#3 Columbus, Ohio

  • Home of a cool dog park called Alum Creek & Dog Beach
  • Has lots of good free dog parks
  • Host pet friendly even every year called WagFest
  • Has the only indoor dog park we’ve ever been to

 

 

#2 Knoxville, Tennessee

  • Knoxville is home to our absolutle favorite dog park Concord Petsafe Dog Park
  • Has tons of other great parks, lots of them sponsored by Petsafe
  • Home to the Petsafe Headquarters
  • Market Square is beautiful and pet friendly

Slo-mo dive!!!

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#1 St. Louis, Missouri

  • St. Louis is home to Purina Headquarters.
  • Purina Farms is a huge area attraction where many dog friendly events are held along with having large events like the Incredible Dog Challenge.
  • Broemmesieck Dog Park is just a short drive from downtown and is one of our top dog parks, it has a large pond for swimming and is free to the public.
  • St. Louis is also home to the only AKC Museum.  This museum is pretty awesome, dogs are invited to come enjoy tons of dog art and memorabilia.  The museum also host lots of events.
  • Usually in October, St. Louis hold a family friendly Pet Expo
  • Tons of dog parks (mostly membership only-but that just makes them safer)
  • Fitness with Fido is a small business that holds tons of events that help you get fit with your pup.
  • St. Louis has TONS of pet friendly events, some almost daily.  I find all our pet events on https://www.stlalldogs.com/ as its updated constantly.
  • Our New Home

 

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Do you agree with our list?  Is there a city you believe is pet friendly? Tell us about it!

 

 

 

Dog Parks

If you follow our travels (mainly on Instagram) you know how much we LOVE visiting dog parks.  We’ve traveled to over 200 different dog parks in the past 8 years.  We’ve learned a lot, and we know that a lot of people hate on dog parks and believe they are bad for your dog, and you guys are entitled to your opinion if that is the case, but we believe they are awesome and we want to share with you why!

Here’s some important things to know:

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DOG PARKS ARE FENCED IN AREAS THAT ALLOW DOGS TO BE OFF-LEASH

Not all Dog Parks are equal: every dog park is different.  There are dog runs, public dog parks, membership only dog parks, and private dog parks.

  1. Dog Runs: small areas usually near apartment complexes or downtown areas where there could be “some” threats to you and your pup.  We don’t like these areas that much.  They tend to have a large number of broken-in cars, money beggars, and sadly some people try to poison your pup.  Usually dog runs are put in areas where there are only a few dog lovers, and others hate the ideas of dogs. *beware of the dog run*
  2. Public Dog Parks: These are the most well known type of dog park.  They are usually a fenced off area in a local public park.  These parks are open to anyone.  Even people who don’t have dogs sometime frequent there.  There are pros and cons to this one.  Pros-FREE, easy access, usually local, lots of dogs.  Cons- you can meet many different types of humans & dogs, anyone can bring their dog, which can include mean, viscous, intact males, in-heat females, dogs that have not been vaccinated, and dogs that may be sick. Sometimes you even find dogs left there by horrible owners who are just done with them. You also find humans that don’t know/understand how dogs play or act and don’t play attention to their dogs or don’t pick up their poop. (YUCK)  *if you are not comfortable at the park, neither is your pup. The best thing: know your dog, listen to your dog, and watch their body language.  It’s okay if your dog doesn’t like “public dog parks”.   Check out Newton Dream Dog Park-it is a Public dog park that is one of our favorites we’ve visited.
  3. Membership Only Dog Parks: these are starting to become more popular.  Basically you pay an annual membership and receive either a key card or pass code to enter the park.  When you sign up for a membership you have to show proof of current vaccines which is a big pro, because you can rest easy knowing that all dogs are current.  There can still be some cons – the humans, even though they have paid their membership and care enough to get their dog vaccinated, they could still not understand or care how their dog acts. This can bring in dogs that just don’t know how to interact at the park. But even still, this is one of the best types of dog parks.
  4. Private Dog Parks-The best of the best, the creme da la creme.  You not only have to pay (either per time entered or annually), plus give current vaccination records, but your dog must also pass a TEMPERMENT test, meaning they are taken into a room with other dogs to see how they react. A dog trainer is there to make sure your pups are not stressed and do not show aggression signs.  And not only is that a huge pro, knowing that all dogs that frolic there “KNOW” how to play with other dogs, they usually have some pretty awesome perks too: swimming pools, cafes for the humans and STAFF members that help keep the peace between humans and between dogs.  This is OUR absolute FAVORITE way to dog park it!  One of our favorite “private” dog park is WAGS in Cincinnati Ohio. If you are ever in the area-you should definitely check it out!

In conclusion, just be aware of where you are going, know the warning signs of a bad human or dog, and always listen and watch your dog.  Dog parks are for your dog to have fun, not a babysitter for your dog (so you can play on your phone and ignore them).  Dog parks are not for everyone, but don’t be afraid of them.  Try them out, you may find that you and your pup love them too!

 

 

 

 

Also see Characteristics of a Dog Park

 

 

 

Tennessee Dog Parks

Good ole’ rocky top
We have visited 28 dog parks in 14 different cities.  The Top Dog Park in Tennessee award goes to: Concord Petsafe Dog Park in Knoxville, TN

This dog park isn’t only the best in Tennessee, its so far our favorite dog park that we have visited. Which means per TheOKdogs

Concord Petsafe Dog Park 
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Why we believe Concord Petsafe Dog Park is the best

  • Water
  • Forest/Hiking
  • Bathing Area
  • Large walking path
  • Plenty of human sitting

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Top 5 Dog Parks In Tennessee

Concord Petsafe Dog Park, Knoxville, TN
Morristown Dog Park, Morristown, TN
Shelby Farms Dog Park, Memphis, TN
Tommy Schumpert Petsafe Dog Park, Knoxville TN
Maggies Bark Park, Franklin, TN

All Dog Parks We’ve Played at in Tennessee


Have you visited any of these dog parks?  Have you traveled to another TN dog park?

Tell us your favorites and you would be featured!

Kentucky Dog Parks

Ossian’s birth state and mom & dads home state: Kentucky
In Kentucky we have played at 28 different dog parks and have our favorites, however the Top Kentucky Dog Park goes to Sawyer Dog Park, Louisville, KY.

Why we like Sawyer Dog Park the most: It has a large wooded area and a nice walking trail.  It also has an outside dog bathing area (Our humans like that)


Top 5 Dog Parks In Kentucky
Sawyer Dog Park, Louisville, KY
Boone County Dog Park, Florence, KY
East Frankfort Bark Park, Frankfort, KY
Michael Kay Red Orchard Dog Park, Shelbyville, KY
Champions Dog Park, Louisville KY


All Dog Parks We’ve Played at in Kentucky


Have you visited any dog parks in Kentucky?  What’s your favorite KY dog park?Comment below and we’ll feature you in your very own post!

As we are on the search for #americasbestdogparks

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New York Dog Parks

We have traveled to 7 different dog parks in New York City

Click each one to learn more about them.

 

Our Favorite of all the New York Dog Parks would prolly have to be Lake George Dog Park, Lake Luzerne, NY.  It has some cool looking agility and gives you the feeling that your in Arizona or some place out west.

4th dog park #noleash #theokdogs #dogpark #goleashless

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We are on the search for #AmericasBestDogParks, can you help us???
Have you been to New York?
Do you live in New York?
Tell us your favorite New York Dog Park in the comments below.

 

Wags,
Oss & Koda

Dog Park: Thomas Bull Memorial Dog Park, Campbell Hall, NY

2nd dog park of anniversary trip #noleash #theokdogs #dogpark #goleashless

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Nature of Park: Fenced off leash

Open to Public: Free

Location: 211 NY-416, Campbell Hall, NY 10916

Enrichment: had tons of tennis balls laying around
Area: Two areas (Small and Large) Medium Size
Surface: Lots of mulch, grass
Human Comfort: a few benches
2 out of 5 Paws

Dog Park: Normanskill Farm Dog Park

 

Nature of Park: Fenced Off Leash

Open to Public: Free

Location: 92 Mill Rd, Albany, NY 12209

Enrichment: none

Area: one area kind of small (isn’t very well taken care of)

Surface: Grass (it hadn’t been mowed in a while)

Human Comfort: One picnic area and shelter

 

Dog Friendly: Moreau Lake State Park

#3 dog park #noleash #theokdogs #dogpark #goleashless

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Nature of dog park: State Park

Open to Public: Cost $8 dollars to get into park

Location: 605 Old Saratoga Rd, Gansevoort, NY 12831

Enrichment: Water & Forest
Areas: Large state park
Surface: Grass, Dirt, Sand, Water
Human Comfort: None
1.5 out of 5 Paws