Have a Doggone Good Time with Your Pooch this Weekend

We’ve sniffed out some of the best local dog parks (and a dog friendly spot) for puppy play time.

My dog Charlie, is a Schnoodle and loves to play outside!

After being cooped up all winter (and spring!) long, pamper your pooch this weekend by getting outside and enjoying the nice weather at one of Rhode Island’s several dog parks. Each park ranges in size and design, but all share the same purpose: to provide a space where Rover can run off-leash and socialize with other furry friends.

We’ve sniffed out some of the best local dog parks for puppy playdates:

South Kingstown Dog Park

This accessible and rural play space (and might we add spacious), features two double gated enclosures. Large dogs over thirty pounds can roam free in one designated fenced-in area, while smaller dogs under thirty pounds can play separately in another. The large grassy area, few dirt patches and scattered trees to catch some shade provide the perfect space for both you and your dog. Trash cans and waste bags are available to make sure the area stays clean. 55 St. Dominic Rd., South Kingstown.


Barrington Dog Park at Haines Memorial State Park

A large, fenced-in space for pups to romp the run, this dog park is typically populated by people who keep a watchful eye on their dogs. Although there is no divide for large and small dogs, this gives them more space for socialization. Plus, you have ample room to play fetch! Clean up after your doggos with the provided waste bags and don’t forget to bring water to cool down after all that running around. Route 103, East Providence.


Waterman Street Dog Park

Dogs must be leashed when entering and exiting the park, but once inside, the leashes come off. A considerable agility and play-like structure make up most of the grounds, but a lesser fenced-in play area for small dogs and a few walking trails also contribute to the city-scape dog park. Bags for waste and a small water fountain are also available for use. 328 waterman St., Providence.


Let’s play: tips for visiting your local dog park

  • Typically, once you’re in the dog park boundaries, you’re off leash. However, keep your dog on leash until they feel comfortable roaming around.
  • Don’t be a helicopter parent, but keep a close eye on your dog. All dogs may react differently in a social setting.
  • Bring water for both you and your dog especially on warm, sunny days. If you forget, don’t worry! People may share a communal water dish.
  • Pick up after your dog; Nobody wants *ahem* messy shoes.


Insider tip: Looking for something for you to do after bringing your pooch to play in the park? Bring Rover along to Whalers Brewing Company in Wakefield. They allow dogs (who are well-behaved!) at their dog friendly taproom. Dogs must be leashed, but what’s better than dogs and sipping on a delicious beer? Well, nothing really!



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