Why Going to an Off-Leash Seattle Dog Park is So Important - Cosmic Home & Pet

In a dog-obsessed city like Seattle, proper K9 etiquette in public is critical.

 

Seattle has obviously “gone to the dogs” with 25.2% of households being canine-friendly.Why Going to an Off-Leash Seattle Dog Park is So Important - 2 (But to be fair here, felines have recently edged out the canine population with a 17% lead! And BOTH cats and dogs outnumber kids as confirmed by a February 1st article by The Seattle Times!)

Now we’ve given the cats of Seattle their fair due, let’s return to the subject at hand, dogs and the great outdoors. Since dogs are regularly taken outside in far greater numbers than cats, it’s important for dog owners to know – and follow – the local rules that exist to balance the needs of the overall community (including owners and their dogs).

 

 

Parks or Open Space: NOT an Open Invitation for Off-Leash Dogs

Why Going to an Off-Leash Seattle Dog Park is So Important - 3Despite having 14 off-leash parks dedicated to hosting the city’s canines, we have been noticing more Seattle residents letting their four-legged companions roam free in parks that are not designated as off-leash. In addition, the Seattle Municipal Code states, “dogs are not allowed at organized athletic fields, beaches or children’s play areas in Seattle parks.” This willful defiance on the part of some dog owners is creating angst among those dog owners who do obey the leash laws. It’s also creating ill-will, anger and even fear from other members of the community especially families with small children and seniors.

Want to lose the leash? Check out one of the 14 off-leash areas below where your dog can completely be themselves!

 

 

 

14 Off-Leash Areas Your Dog Can Be Free

Unlike many cities, dog-owning residents of Seattle have 14 official off-leash areas; including:

Blue Dog Pond Off-Leash Area

Magnolia Manor Park Off-Leash Area

Denny Park Off-Leash Area

Magnuson Park Off-Leash Area

Dr. Jose Rizal Park Off-Leash Area

Northacres Park Off-Leash Area

Genesee Park Off-Leash Area

Plymouth Pillars Off-Leash Area

Golden Gardens Off-Leash Area

Regrade Park Off-Leash Area

I-5 Colonnade Off-Leash Area

Westcrest Park Off-Leash Area

Kinnear Park Off-Leash Area

Woodland Park Off-Leash Area

Why Going to an Off-Leash Seattle Dog Park is So Important - 4

Looking for the BEST off-leash dog park(s) in Seattle?

Click here for Seattle’s 10 Best Dog Parks

 

5 Reasons to Use Off-Leash Parks

Why Going to an Off-Leash Seattle Dog Park is So Important - 5

  1. Off-leash parks are designed to protect your dog. Many parks separate the smaller dogs from the larger dogs for ultimate safety. Off-leash parks also provide a safe environment for dog owners to enjoy with their dogs.
  2. Off-leash parks contain your dog from getting lost; especially if they do not always obey a recall command.
  3. Not everyone appreciates a dog (especially larger ones) running up and jumping on them.  Excited dogs can easily knock over young children and the elderly in their exuberance.
  4. Off-leash parks protect sensitive natural areas and plants. Such parks also protect wildlife in the area especially from dogs with high prey instincts.
  5. Off-leash parks contain dog waste to a defined area; they also provide containers for the disposal of dog feces to avoid public health issues.

Finally, off-leash dog parks are not a substitute for exercise. Dogs should be exercised BEFORE going to an off-leash park to encourage acceptable social interaction.

 

When you can’t be there, we promise to treat your pet as we would our very own!

Cosmic Home & Pet has been loving and caring for

Seattle pets since 1998.

We provide Seattle dog walking and dog training, Seattle cat boarding, in home dog sitters and pet sitting.

We also love and care for other critters including rabbits, ferrets, fish, birds, chickens and more.

Additional Reading

Seattle’s Dog Obsession

www.seattlemag.com/article/seattles-dog-obsession

In Seattle, It’s Cats, Dogs and Kids – In That Order

blogs.seattletimes.com/fyi-guy/2013/02/01/in-seattle-its-cats-dogs-and-kids-in-that-order/

7 Best Off-Leash Dog Parks in Seattle

www.smcu.com/Blog/post/7_best_offleash_dog_parks_in_seattle.html

Dog Off-Leash Areas: People, Dogs and Parks Strategic Plan (Also lists the City’s Off-Leash Areas)

www.seattle.gov/parks/find/dog-off-leash-areas

Seattle Dog Owners: Leash Your Dogs!

www.seattledogspot.com/seattle-dog-owners-leash-your-dogs/

In a dog-obsessed city like Seattle, proper K9 etiquette in public is critical.

 

Seattle has obviously “gone to the dogs” with 25.2% of households being canine-friendly.Why Going to an Off-Leash Seattle Dog Park is So Important - 2 (But to be fair here, felines have recently edged out the canine population with a 17% lead! And BOTH cats and dogs outnumber kids as confirmed by a February 1st article by The Seattle Times!)

Now we’ve given the cats of Seattle their fair due, let’s return to the subject at hand, dogs and the great outdoors. Since dogs are regularly taken outside in far greater numbers than cats, it’s important for dog owners to know – and follow – the local rules that exist to balance the needs of the overall community (including owners and their dogs).

 

Parks or Open Space: NOT an Open Invitation for Off-Leash Dogs

Why Going to an Off-Leash Seattle Dog Park is So Important - 3

Despite having 14 off-leash parks dedicated to hosting the city’s canines, we have been noticing more Seattle residents letting their four-legged companions roam free in parks that are not designated as off-leash. In addition, the Seattle Municipal Code states, “dogs are not allowed at organized athletic fields, beaches or children’s play areas in Seattle parks.” This willful defiance on the part of some dog owners is creating angst among those dog owners who do obey the leash laws. It’s also creating ill-will, anger and even fear from other members of the community especially families with small children and seniors.

Want to lose the leash? Check out one of the 14 off-leash areas below where your dog can completely be themselves!

 

14 Off-Leash Areas Your Dog Can Be Free

Unlike many cities, dog-owning residents of Seattle have 14 official off-leash areas; including:

Blue Dog Pond Off-Leash Area

Magnolia Manor Park Off-Leash Area

Denny Park Off-Leash Area

Magnuson Park Off-Leash Area

Dr. Jose Rizal Park Off-Leash Area

Northacres Park Off-Leash Area

Genesee Park Off-Leash Area

Plymouth Pillars Off-Leash Area

Golden Gardens Off-Leash Area

Regrade Park Off-Leash Area

I-5 Colonnade Off-Leash Area

Westcrest Park Off-Leash Area

Kinnear Park Off-Leash Area

Woodland Park Off-Leash Area

  Why Going to an Off-Leash Seattle Dog Park is So Important - 4

Looking for the BEST off-leash dog park(s) in Seattle?

Click here for Seattle’s 10 Best Dog Parks

 

5 Reasons to Use Off-Leash Parks

Why Going to an Off-Leash Seattle Dog Park is So Important - 5

  1. Off-leash parks are designed to protect your dog. Many parks separate the smaller dogs from the larger dogs for ultimate safety. Off-leash parks also provide a safe environment for dog owners to enjoy with their dogs.
  2. Off-leash parks contain your dog from getting lost; especially if they do not always obey a recall command.
  3. Not everyone appreciates a dog (especially larger ones) running up and jumping on them.  Excited dogs can easily knock over young children and the elderly in their exuberance.
  4. Off-leash parks protect sensitive natural areas and plants. Such parks also protect wildlife in the area especially from dogs with high prey instincts.
  5. Off-leash parks contain dog waste to a defined area; they also provide containers for the disposal of dog feces to avoid public health issues.

Finally, off-leash dog parks are not a substitute for exercise. Dogs should be exercised BEFORE going to an off-leash park to encourage acceptable social interaction.

 

When you can’t be there, we promise to treat your pet as we would our very own!

Cosmic Home & Pet has been loving and caring for Seattle pets since 1998.

We provide Seattle dog walking and dog training, Seattle cat boarding, in home dog sitters and pet sitting.

We also love and care for other critters including rabbits, ferrets, fish, birds, chickens and more.

Additional Reading

Seattle’s Dog Obsession

www.seattlemag.com/article/seattles-dog-obsession

In Seattle, It’s Cats, Dogs and Kids – In That Order

blogs.seattletimes.com/fyi-guy/2013/02/01/in-seattle-its-cats-dogs-and-kids-in-that-order/

7 Best Off-Leash Dog Parks in Seattle

www.smcu.com/Blog/post/7_best_offleash_dog_parks_in_seattle.html

Dog Off-Leash Areas: People, Dogs and Parks Strategic Plan (Also lists the City’s Off-Leash Areas)

www.seattle.gov/parks/find/dog-off-leash-areas

Seattle Dog Owners: Leash Your Dogs!

www.seattledogspot.com/seattle-dog-owners-leash-your-dogs/