Hampton Roads Dog Parks
Dog parks provide a safe space where dogs can run freely off leash and socialize with other dogs. They are also a great place to meet other dog owners in the area to share tips and local information. There are a lot of things to consider before your first trip to the dog park to make sure it’s going to be a happy experience for you and your dog. I recommend checking out this dog park article from the ASPCA.
Hampton Roads is extremely dog friendly and has many dog parks across the seven cities. Most dog parks are operated by the individual city and have specific requirements including annual membership fees at some parks. No matter which dog park, all dogs must be legally licensed and vaccinated (rabies, distemper, parvovirus and bordetella) and you must be able to show proof of this. Always check with the dog park for the latest rules and regulations.
For me personally, I prefer dog parks that have a separate area for small dogs under 25lbs. Chuy is a 10 lb Chihuahua who loves all dogs but I feel much safer at a dog park when he is able to play with dogs his own size. Chesapeake City Park and Fido Field in Newport News both have separate areas for small dogs.
The Guide to Hampton Roads Dog Parks
Not sure which dog park is right for you and your pooch? There is a comprehensive guide by city of all the Hampton Roads dog parks over at the Hampton Roads Dog Blog. This guide also includes links to the policies for each dog park.
Leave a Paw Print!
Do you have a favorite dog park in Hampton Roads? Leave us a comment and tell us where and why it’s your favorite!