Sunny Days are Coming Soon: 10 Top Rated Dog-Friendly Parks You’ll Love

Earlier this month, on Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow. As legend would have it, this means we get an early spring, right? Well, let’s hope.

When warmer days are here, Columbus area dog walkers may be interested in arranging a park field trip for their frisky friends. With the help of Google reviews, Yelp and Bring Fido, we’ve made an alphabetical list of the most popular Columbus area parks for pups.

  1. Battle Darby Creek Metro Park

    Rating: 4/5 Bones (Bring Fido) 4.8/5 Stars (Google)

    Located 15 minutes from Columbus in Galloway, this park offers miles of dog-friendly nature trails. The acreage is situated by the Big and Little Darby Creeks. There is also a fenced area with pond access for off the leash play.

    Several reviewers remark on how well-maintained the areas are. There is plenty of room to roam around and explore. You may even spot Bison during your visit, as this park is also their home!

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  2. Breck Community Park

    Rating: 5/5 Bones (Bring Fido) 4.5/5 Stars (Google)

    Breck Park is located in Grove City. It offers plenty of parking. One user remarked that those using the park were friendly and kept an eye on their pets. The park offers both off leash and on leash areas. There are areas are separated by dog sizes. Two areas are described as being 3 acres large, and another two are 1.5 acres in size.

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    Park rangers are on site to make sure that leash rules are being followed. There is a mention in the reviews that waste bags are available for pet cleanup. Also for your convenience are water fountains for your pets to have a drink. However, this feature may be shut off during wintry weather.

  3. Companion Club Dog Park

    Rating: 5/5 Bones (Bring Fido) 3.9/5 Stars (Google)

    This private park is located in Delaware. The park is on 11 acres featuring pine trees and its Golden Pond. Like other parks, a pond is accessible by dogs for water play.

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    This is not a free park. You can either purchase a day pass for $25, or an annual membership for $395. Users are required to provide proof of immunizations of their pets. Pets must also be spayed or neutered to be allowed entry. Some pet owners may prefer a private park with more rules, especially those concerning pet health. In a public park, your animals could come into contact with other animals behind on their shots. A private park such as Companion Club offers more oversight as to who uses the facility, such as vetted dogs. It may be worth the money for a paid park if you have special concerns about your pet’s health.

  4. Fancyburg Park

    Rating: 5/5 Bones (Bring Fido) 4.6/5 Stars (Google)

    Fancyburg Park is a 25-acre family-friendly destination located in Upper Arlington. After 8PM, you can have your animals off-leash in the park. The Upper Arlington Parks & Recreation Department offers dog training classes from May through July. So while you’re planning those sunny days out, you could also pick up some skills!

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  5. Friends of Alum Creek Dog Park

    Rating: 4.2/5 Bones (Bring Fido) 4.6/5 Stars (Google)

    This big fun park located in Lewis Center has a beach area for dogs to fetch balls and wade in the water. The other section is a grassy open play area with plenty of shade trees. This park also has separate sections for small and large animals. When you’re done playing for the day, there are hoses provided to rinse the animals off before heading home. For drinking, there are pet water fountains.

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    One user offered a tip for alternate entry. They say to go Hollenback Rd and South Old State Rd, heading east on Hollenback toward the reservoir. Once you pass the marina, the park is on your left.

    Keep in mind that this park is maintained by volunteers and may not always be completely cleaned up.

  6. Gowdown Park

    Rating: 4.8/5 Bones (Bring Fido) 4.7/5 Stars (Google)

    Gowdown Park is located in Columbus and is 10-acres in size. Half of these acres are designated for dog use. 4.5 acres are allocated to large dogs and one acre is for small dogs. It features benches, a water fountain for dogs, pathways, and a paved parking lot. The park is fully fenced and is situated on a rolling terrain with ample shade. Waste bags are provided for your convenience.

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    Rules are that pets be spayed or neutered, aggressive behavior is prohibited, no toys or treats allowed, and children under the age of 9 are not permitted. One reviewer mentioned that the park users are friendly and that the animals play well together. Another user says that she drives over an hour to bring her dogs here because they enjoy it so much!

  7. Mutt’s Paradise AumuseMutt Park & Training Center

    Rating: 5/5 Bones (Bring Fido) 4.8/5 Stars (Google)

    Mutt’s is another private park option and is also located in Delaware. It’s 6 acres of pup paradise and includes, you guessed it, a pond! One photo on the Mutt’s website shows a paddleboat on the pond which adds even more family fun. Like the previously mentioned private park, proof of vaccines is required for entry.

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    For your visit, you will need to have an appointment. It’s $10/per dog, per hour. If you have more than five dogs, the fee drops to $9. If you have a large group of 12 or more, you’ll pay a flat rate of $100/hour.

    If you’re the kind of pet owner who dislikes being around too many strange dogs, you’ll appreciate having the park to yourself with this rentable park. There is no charge for foster animals, shelter animals or hospice animals. The park is open daily 11AM-7PM except for winter.

  8. Three Creeks Dog Park

    Rating: 4/5 Stars ( Yelp!) 4.5/5 Stars (Google)

    Three Creeks Park is located in Groveport. Alum, Big Walnut and Black Lick creeks all come together at this place. More than 100 species of birds call this park home including great blue herons and owls. Beavers, minks, coyotes, and deer have also been spotted in this 1,100-acre park. 

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    This park offers multiple trails and recreation areas to choose from. The dog park area takes up four acres of the park in the Sycamore Fields section. Pets are also allowed in the picnic areas. Outside the dog enclosure, dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet.

  9. Walnut Woods Metro Park

    Rating: 4/5 Bones (Bring Fido) 4.5/5 Stars (Google)

    Imagine 1,098 acres of fields and woodlands featuring trees of pine, sweetgum, serviceberry, crab apple, and red maple. Walnut Woods Metro Park is located in Groveport and there you can enjoy restored wetlands and vernal pools. The dog park has a 3-acre area for large dogs (20 lbs. or more) and for small dogs (20 lbs. or less) a 1-acre area. Both areas have a shade shelter. There is additionally a separate area featuring a pond. One user said that they alternately take their dog to the creek for wading.

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    Beyond the area for dogs are paved trails that are also dog-friendly. Leashes are recommended for these areas, of course. One user enjoyed taking the Sweetgum trail with their dog. A reviewer mentioned that there is a nice agility course for added fun. They also remarked on the cleanliness of the park. 

  10. Wheeler Memorial Park

    Rating: 4.2/5 Bones (Bring Fido) 4.5/5 Stars (Google)

    Wheeler Park is a dog park in Columbus. There are two sections that open in a rotation, with one open at a time.  This hilly park has plenty of trees and is fully fenced to keep animals in. It offers benches, free waste bags (but bring backups just in case) and a water spigot to keep your dogs hydrated. This park also offers plenty of parking for the crowds it attracts.

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    Despite the popularity, some reviewers have complained about some issues with the park. Sometimes there can be issues with grass sod erosion leading to a very muddy situation during wet weather periods. There lacks a partition between breed sizes. so those with smaller pets may feel intimidated.

    Some complain that other dog owners aren’t very consistent with picking up after their dogs and preventing fighting attacks. While the park is lovely, without pet owners taking responsibility for their dogs, a planned fun day in the park can turn unpleasant. Columbus area dog walkers may want to skip this park if it’s terribly crowded, or on weeks when there has been precipitation. Catch it during a dry week on a less busy day and it could make for a nice outing.

    Tip: You can always look up the Google profiles and see the peak times for each weekday in order to plan your trip!

While there are more ways than these 10 to have fun in the sun with your best friend, this is a place to start. Hit those trails and wag some tails this spring and summer!

Here’s a handy map to help you plan your spring days in the park.

Christmas Presents for Pets: 10 Pet-Lover Approved Gifts for Under $20

They’ve been working hard this year! Our puppers and doggos protect the home with mighty barks. Our kitties bring us special “presents.” But most importantly they make us smile, laugh, and they fill us with love all year long.

Let’s not forget to pick up a little something special from “Santa” for our four-legged friends this holiday!

Who knows better than pet people on what are the best gifts and treats? Below are 10 reasonably priced, pet-lover endorsed presents for your cherished animals.

1.) SmartyKat Hot Pursuit Electronic Concealed Motion Cat Toy

Fur Star Pet Care’s own Jeanette Hale recommends this awesome cat toy! The kitties just love this!

A toy attaches to a small motor below the fabric circle. The toy moves under the fabric but then peeks out as it moves along. This really keeps the cats interested. The blinking lights feature also adds to the entertainment.

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Penelope playing with a SmartyKat Hot Pursuit toy!

The toy shuts off after a while to save on power and limit stimulation. Jeanette says, “Our cats love it so much, they sleep on it! Sometimes even when it’s off!”

For just $14 at Target, you can get one for your own feline.

2.) Cat Dancer 101: Cat Dancer Interactive Cat Toy

Is your cat relentlessly attacking the Christmas tree? This Cat Dancer toy may be just the diversion you need to give that tree a break!

The Cat Dancer is a very simple toy that makes for hours of fun. It’s a piece of curved wire with cardboard at either end.

One user says, “This is the cheapest, most amazing cat toy ever. Never met a cat that wouldn’t play with it for hours.”

This fun toy is only $2.09 at PetCo. It’s so cheap that Amazon offers it as an add-on item for other purchases for under $2!

3.) Colorful Springs Cat Toys

If you were a kid in the days before tablets and smartphones, you probably played with a Slinky or the spring stopper behind the door. Well turns out cats can pass the time playing with springy toys as well.

These colorful springs come in packs of 10. One cat mom in Alberta, Canada says that her kitty loves to play with these colorful coils.

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Colorful coils for cats!

These thrills are cheap at just $4.57 from Amazon!

4.) KONG Naturals Cat Scratcher

Is it time for a new scratching post? Perhaps you’d want to try an inclined scratching product for your cat? The KONG Naturals Cat Scratcher is cheap and has received great reviews!

It has a no-mess design and is made with quality materials.

Chewy offers this great product for just $6.39!

5.) Temptations Treats for Cats

Guess which product is the number one selling cat treat product on Amazon? It is the chicken flavored Temptations treats!

Amazon users warn that this product is highly addictive. Your cats probably won’t want anything else, including their supper! Buyer beware.

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A 30-ounce container of Temptations runs about $15 from Amazon.

6.) Keeping Busy with Pawzzles

Whoever decided to make getting treats a challenge has got to be a genius. When pulling yummies out of a Kong isn’t quite challenging enough for your pooch, there are pawzzles!

See how smart your dog is by watching them work at these puzzles to earn their tasty reward.

These cool contraptions start at about $8 on Amazon

7.) Kong Toy Jumbler Disc

Another toy that will keep a dog busy because of its puzzling nature is the Saturn-shaped KONG Jumbler Disc toy!

In the center of the disc is a spherical compartment that can house other toys, like their favorite ball. The pup can spend hours trying to get at the insides!

One California dog mom says, “they cannot destroy it and have so much fun chasing it. So durable.”

You can order one of these from Pets Warehouse for only $9.97!

8.) BarkShop Best Bets

Amongst all the rough and tumble dog toys are the softer and cuter dog toys. One website offers really cute plushies for your pooch to play with!

A Missouri-based dog mom doted over the Murphy’s Mochi toy from Bark Shop! Unfortunately, this was a seasonal offering, and that season has passed. But there are brand new products to pick from that are just as cute!

Heli-yum Balloons is a close match to the Mochi. You can order one now for $11.90.

Order soon, because some Bark Shop designs are seasonal and limited edition!

9.) Chuckit! Ultra Grip Dog Ball Launcher

Fetch! It’s what dogs live to do. What better way to get some post-Christmas dinner exercise than to toss the ball around in the yard and try out your dog’s new toy!

One Ontario, Canada dog mom says that the ChuckIt! ball his her good boy’s, “Most prized possession.”

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Bear loves his ChuckIt ball!

$11.95 will set you up with a launcher and a ball on Amazon! You can, of course, buy extra balls in various sizes. You can add some fun with balls that glow in the dark or whistle. All the balls are reasonably priced.

10.) Bully Sticks: Treats for Dogs

Another product recommended by this dog mom are Bully Sticks. Like herself, other buyers prefer the odorless version of these treats!

They look just like a cinnamon stick!

They last a while and dogs love them! Try out a new treat this holiday! Orders start at around $13 from the Bully Sticks website.

BONUS TOY: Good Boys Go Ballistic over the BazooK-9

This toy is more than $20, but shoot, we love it. For dogs who love to run and who love tennis balls even more, there is the BazooK-9 which will effortlessly launch those balls in a totally fun game of fetch.

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The BazooK-9, Loads of fun!

You can take this to the park for around $25 when your order through Doggy Market.

 

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Your furry friends have been good all year for Santa. Don’t forget to put something under the tree for them this holiday!