Finally a single map showing all of the dog parks in the Sacramento Metro area! I firmly believe there is no substitute for dogs being able to run full speed and chase other dogs and be chased by other dogs. But the dog park can be a very dangerous place. I urge lots of caution at the dog park. If you aren’t careful your dog can get seriously injured or killed there. Follow these guidelines:
- Make sure you are completely in control of your dog before you go into the dog park.
- Let your dog get used to the dog park gradually! The first six times you go don’t go in if there are more than three dogs there or of there are any unruly dogs.
- If your dog isn’t walking behind you on a loose leash as you approach the gate, don’t go inside.
- If you don’t have control of your dog with the leash on, you won’t have any control off leash.
- Walk all the way around the dog park before you go in and assess every dog inside.
- If there are any dogs causing problems don’t go inside.
- If you see a dog drag the owner up to the gate don’t wait to see how it goes, just leave.
- DON’T bring toys from home! Don’t play ball in the dog park. Many dogs have resource guarding issues, especially with their own toys.
- Playing fetch gives your dog something to fixate on rather than having him play with the other dogs.
- Always keep an eye on and stay close to your dog. Even if you trust your dog you can’t trust other dogs. If a dog gets in your dog’s face and stops wagging his tail or lowers his ears for even one second don’t hesitate to get between them and shoo the other dog away. Don’t put your hands down though or you will get bitten. You will make enemies of irresponsible dog owners doing this, but it’s much better than letting your dog get hurt.
View Sacramento Area Off Leash Dog Parks in a larger map
The color of the marker used to designate the park location indicates the type of park. Green has a designated separate small dog area, yellow does not, red is unfenced (BE VERY CAREFUL! Your dog could conceivably chase a squirrel and get run over by a car!), and blue simply means that I haven’t yet been to the park to find out. If you find any errors or your favorite dog park is missing please let me know by posting a comment or shooting me an email.