Nearby Dog Parks
Huntington Beach - Best Friend Dog Park
At Central Park; Edwards @ Inlet; 92648; 714/536-5672; 1.5 acres. Separate small dog area for pooches under 25 lbs. and for older or handicapped dogs. Dawn to dusk.
Long Beach - K-9 Corner
The city's fourth off-leash park opened on Sept. 27, 2009 at the corner of 9th & Pacific. Solar powered and completely off the grid, native plants, sloped irrigation, faux grass and recycled materials all wrapped into a contemporary design. Includes doggie water fountain. Very small "pocket park" lot on the corner, in a neighborhood.
Long Beach - Recreation Dog Park
5201 E. 7th St. @ Park Ave. inside Recreation Park. Almost two acres of off-leash play space, including a fenced area just for small dogs. The park is well-lit and open until 10 p.m. daily.
Long Beach - Uptown Dog Park
Opened in November on the Long Beach Blvd. side of Scherer Park, 4600 Long Beach Blvd. The dog area is near picnic tables and a nearby parking lot. More dog parks may be planned as residents see the benefits of creating safe, fun areas for dogs to run and play in City parks. The Uptown Dog Park also provides separate areas for small and large dogs to play off leash. The fenced area is located near picnic areas and a parking lot.
Nearby Dog Beaches
Huntington Beach Dog Beach
On Pacific Coast Highway between 21st St. and Seapoint St.; 100 Goldenwest St., 92648. Open 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Dogs may be off-leash in the water and on the wet sand -- three quarters of a mile long.
Long Beach - Rosie's Dog Beach
The Long Beach off-leash Dog Zone is a 3-acre, non-fenced site in Belmont Shore that was started by Justin Rudd - founder/director of Haute Dogs. Daily hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Between Argonne and Roycroft avenues in Belmont Shore. NOTE: Only one dog per adult. This is the only legal, off-leash dog beach in LA County. Details at www.DogZone.org.
Dog Beach Outings
Coronado - Dog Beach
Aat the most northern end of the beach next to the Naval Air Station. Wide and sandy, with the Pacific surf and the Hotel del Coronado in the background/ Located on Ocean Blvd. near Sunset Park.
Del Mar - Dog Beach
A nice, low-key spit of sand to let your dog roam in lovely Del Mar, but with limitations: the off-leash designated is seasonal only, so bring your dog without its leash only from September to June. Parking is also at a premium, and parking tickets flow freely in Del Mar. Camino del Mar.
San Diego Dog Beach - Fiesta Island - Mission Bay
Most of this large sandy island in Mission Bay is designated leash-free for dogs and a fenced in area is provided about 3/4 way around the one-way road that circles the island for dogs that need to be contained. This area is 3+ square miles with the beach on one side and lots of room to run and trails to follow before you reach the fence that runs along the road. Lots of sandy dunes to romp in, and the calm bay waters lets the more adventurous dogs take a quick dip. Gates close approx. 10 p.m.
Malibu - Leo Carrillo State Beach
This state beach allows leashed dogs. The only restriction is that they are not allowed between towers two and three (the busiest part of the beach). Go North on PCH towards Oxnard until you get to El Matador and Leo Carillo State Beaches. 818/706-1310
Teaching your dog key skills so that he will have a good dog park experience is important. At a minimum, be sure that you can call your dog to you and ask him to settle down. You will feel and actually be in more control at the dog park. But what about you? Here are some tips of things to remember when going to the dog park:
What’s the point of going to the dog park if you’re going to put a leash on your dog? Leashes interfere with the natural body language of dogs and dogs can get tangled up in them. Also, dogs who become stressed by constant pulling against the leash can act in undesirable ways.
Try to find a dog park with a small dog section, or specific small dog playtimes. It’s so easy for small dogs to get overwhelmed – not to mention bowled over – by larger dogs. Keep your small dog on the ground rather than carrying him. Being elevated can give small dogs a false sense of control and entices other dogs to jump up at the dog being held to get a closer sniff.
Visits to the dog park need to be fluid. If your dog isn’t enjoying the experience, or other dogs are getting out of control, you need to leave whether or not you are ready to go.
Keep your focus on your dog no matter how enjoyable your human companions are. Don’t allow yourself to be part of “stationary human clumps” because that will result in too many dogs gathering in one place.
Loud commands as well as boisterous human chatter can raise the excitement level in the whole park and risk inciting some sort of bad behavior.
There’s just too much potential for dogs to engage in guarding or stealing behavior that can lead to aggression and fights.
Not via a leash but through a mental connection. Call your dog to you from time to time. Play a quick game or just give him a scratch and send him back to play.
You will not only learn about canine body language, but you will also learn lessons about how to relax and have a good time.
If a situation at the dog park worries you, try to resolve the situation if you can. Don’t forget, however, that your first responsibility is to keep your dog safe.
Insist that others do the same. Pick up the occasional extra pile, if needed.
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