A fenced dog park can be a good way to burn off some energy with your dog. We are selective in where and when we go as you know. Last weekend, Olivia’s nose work seminar was cancelled last minute, so we ended up going to Gramma’s house in the morning. For some reason, Olivia had tons of ants in her furry pants. Mom decided a short trip to the dog park might help Olivia finally settle down.
Bryant Lake Fenced Dog Park
Normally we only go when we are pretty sure no one will be there, but this time we went on a beautiful Saturday at noon. The Bryant Lake dog park is nine fenced acres with woods, and trails. There was plenty of room for us to have fun without being around a lot of dogs.
Olivia had never been to this dog park, so it was all new to her. I was happy to show her around. When we are there, we never see any squirrels, but I know when the park is closed they come out because the park is in a woods, and I can smell them!
The trails were snow packed, but not icy, so it was safe for us to really run, and run we did!
Many of the trails are long and straight, perfect to get some speed going.
Mom loves to practice recalls at the dog park. We usually take off so she has to call us or we would just keep running. It’s fun to race back to her at top speed. The only bummer of the trip is that it was unplanned, so Mom didn’t have the new camera lens along. She did the best she could with the only lens she had.
Sometimes we had to take a break, slow down, and just sniff because all the running was wearing us out. There is no shortage of interesting smells at the dog park! Mom says we look like real hounds in this photo.
The two of us raced almost non stop for the half hour we were at the dog park. This was exactly what Mom had hoped we would to. We ran into a few other dogs, but most of the time, it was just us and Mom.
Both of us like to stray off the trail into the wooded areas for some really great critter smells, but Mom doesn’t like it when she can’t see us both clearly. We get some sniff time, but then she calls us back, and we come.
A fenced dog park can be a great way to investigate a new place safely, and have a lot of fun. I’m sure we will be back to this park again in the winter when it isn’t so crowded! Olivia is starting to adjust to dog parks and other dogs, which is great too! When we returned to Gramma’s house, guess what? We had a small snack, and then both of us crashed out completely!
We are joining our friends at Living Laughing and Barking in Our Backyard for their Nature Friday blog hop.