Compared to other areas in the continental U.S., Portland doesn’t get a lot of sunshine or clear skies. But when we do see that big yellow ball in the sky, we know better than most how to take advantage of it! On any given sunny weekend, you’ll see open-air street fairs, food and drink festivals, city-wide river floats, and even pet-centered activities.
We’re lucky here in Portland. Considered by many to be the most pet-friendly city in the country, our Pets enjoy the luxury of accompanying us to the farmers market, the pub and of course, the dog park!
Portland has more dog parks per capita than any other U.S. City. Many of these are off-leash parks, for the best-behaved Pets among us. Here is a short list of some of our favorites:
- Council Crest Park in Southwest PDX offers some amazing views of the city and the surrounding area. Council Crest also offers a large unfenced dog area. For getting the heart-rate up, there is also a network of beautiful hiking trails that weave throughout the park.
- One of the most popular parks in the city is Mount Tabor, with its impressive views, paved and unpaved bike-n-hike trails and the fenced dog park on the western base of the park.
- Chimney Park in North Portland may be the most popular dog park for those “in the know”. At 5.5 acres, your furry family members can really stretch their legs!
- For the water dogs in our lives, Sellwood Riverfront Park can’t be beat! Situated in the middle of a great neighborhood filled with shops, cafes and pubs (many of which have pet-friendly outdoor seating areas), this is a great place to spend an hour or a day.
- Some smaller, neighborhood parks that we really enjoy include:
- Wallace Park in the Alphabet District, with its fenced in dog yard and shady environs.
- Normandale Park on NE Halsey is great for those with small dogs, as they have separate play areas for the little guys and the larger dogs.
- Laurelhurst Park, one of Portland’s best known, has it all: trails, sporting courts, outdoor movies, ponds. And of course, a breathtaking dog play area!
While we love playing and running with our pets, it’s important to know your furry family member’s behavior level before introducing them to the dog park. If your Pet tends to run and you’re seeking an off-leash park, try a fenced option as opposed to an un-fenced park. Does your Pet play rough? Maybe take him/her to the park when it’s a bit less populated.
Behavior is the key. Training is key and Hannah can help! Hannah’s behavior team has provided guidance and instruction to countless Pets and their Pet parents through classes and consultations. Hannah members enjoy all of the benefits of complete Pet care with none of the stress. Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program not only provides lifetime behavioral training, but also all-inclusive veterinary care and high quality food, delivered right to your door.
To learn more about Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program, or to talk to one of our Pet Counselors about finding the right Pet for you, please visit our Placement Centers at Clackamas Town Center and Washington Square Mall.