As the warmer (and hopefully, snow-free) spring season approaches, people and their pooches will venture out more to dog parks and walking trails.
What's the skinny on our dog park choices in the area?
In Janesville, Wisconsin:
Janesville has Paw Print Park, located on the south side of town just off of Oakhill Drive. This park has 16 acres of pet-friendly, fenced-in running areas for both large and small breed dogs. Water stations are available for hydration and paw clean-ups. On the east side of town on Racine Street, Palmer Park has an off-leash dog area opened May 15-September 15. This exercise area is not fenced in, but it offers a fresh water stream to play and hydrate in.
In Milton, Wisconsin:
Just 10 minutes north of Janesville on Elm Drive, the town of Milton offers the Tails & Trails Dog Park. With 18+ acres of two separate exercise areas built specially for large and small breed dogs, this park also offers a nature fed swimming pond in addition to wood-chipped trails for walking.
In Johnson Creek/Jefferson, Wisconsin:
Located just off of the Highway 26 bypass between Jefferson and Johnson Creek, Jefferson County Dog Park has 60 fenced-in acres available for dogs of all sizes. With two small dog areas and two large dog areas, this park boasts the largest fenced-in facility for exercise and recreation in addition to on-site restrooms and shelters.
For all of these dog parks, which are open 24/7, licensing is required in addition to proper identification on your dogs.
What's the skinny on "pet-friendly exercise parks" in the area?
In the Cambridge, Wisconsin Area:
Did you know there are "pet-friendly exercise parks" not necessarily labeled dog parks? In Cambridge, Cam-Rock parks offer pet-friendly trails and grassy exercise areas. These parks are located on County B just outside of Rockdale in Dane County, offering 422 acres along the Koshkonong Creek.
In Janesville, Wisconsin:
In Janesville, there are two pet-friendly locations allowing pet access. On the west side of town off of County D, the Rock River Parkway off-leash area is not fenced and only requires a current dog license.
Please Use Caution
When using any of the above areas, be aware of what is going on around your dog. Unfortunately, not everyone brings a socially prepared pup to play! Leashes and collars with proper identification and license tags are strongly encouraged. Also, keep in mind ticks and parasites love these environments, too!
I hope that you are able to find a little extra 'spring to your step’ with your pup in the parks!