Looking for places to take your pooch? Whether you’re on the hunt for local parks to exercise your dog, or places across the city that you can explore on the weekend – we’ve gathered a list of the best dog parks around Perth that big and small dogs alike will love.
Check them out!
Baldivis Enclosed Dog Park (Barri Barri Park) – Baldivis
Located in Barri Barri Park, this enclosed dog park is a favourite with locals. It includes a large space where all dogs are welcome, as well as a smaller separate area just for small dogs. There are dog friendly drink fountains, an activity zone and seating throughout.
Also check out Seahaven enclosed dog park in Waikiki and Rockingham enclosed dog park at Bayview Reserve which have a similar set up.
John Connel Reserve – Leeming
Located between Melville Glades Golf Course and Roe Highway, this family-friendly park is a favourite with local dog owners. Dogs are allowed off leash and there is some fencing around, though it’s mostly open.
If you’re wanting a walk, there’s a pathway through the bushland and golf course where dogs are welcome if they’re on leash. Some kangaroos live in and around the golf course and may be seen from time to time along the path.
Attadale Foreshore Reserve – Attadale
There’s a great dog exercise section along the Swan River in Attadale where pooches can roam free. From the wide open grassy field, you get great views of the river and the city.
Keep in mind that dog access is restricted in other parts of Attadale Foreshore Reserve. There’s also a path that runs through the reserve which pedestrians, runners and cyclists use.
Riverside Gardens – Bayswater
A great spot for picnics, family outings and dog walking. There’s even a little dog beach where pups can dig in the sand or venture out into the river water.
There’s also dog drinking fountains, enclosed playgrounds for kids, BBQ facilities, public toilets and an easy-access car park.
Lake Monger Dog Exercise Area – West Leederville
This is a large, semi-enclosed area for dogs to run around off leash. The area is not fully enclosed, but there is a fence in place to protect dogs from traffic on Lake Monger Drive.
You can also walk your dog on leash around Lake Monger Reserve. There’s a footpath that circuits Lake Monger which makes for a lovely weekend stroll.
Bold Park – City Beach
If you’re looking for a great bushwalking spot, check out Bold Park in City Beach. The park covers a wide area of natural bushland, and is a great spot for wildflower spotting in spring.
Dogs must remain on a leash throughout the park to protect wildlife and native plants. There are several paths throughout the park, depending on the length and difficulty of walk you’re after.
Elcar Park Dog Exercise Area – Joondalup
Dogs can run off lead within the fenced area at Elcar Park. There are two separate areas for medium to large dogs and small dogs, as well as dog fountains, double gate access and bin facilities.
Keep in mind that there’s scheduled maintenance every Tuesday and Friday between 10.30am and 12.00pm which may restrict your access during those times.
Whiteman Park Dog Park – Whiteman
Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times in the main part of Whiteman Park, but there’s a dedicated dog park on the grounds where your furry friend can run, explore and play to their heart’s content.
The dog park is free to use. It’s open daily from 8.30 in the morning until 6 at night, is completely fenced and has an obstacle course for the dogs.
Edgar Griffiths Dog Park – Wanneroo
Another great dog park north of the river with two separate sections for all dogs and small dogs. Plus, there’s dog agility equipment, a sand digging pit, dog drinking fountains and an expansive off lead area nearby.
Dog park etiquette all dog owners should know
Taking your dog to the park can be a lot of fun, but it’s important to follow dog park etiquette to ensure your dog stays safe and gets along with the other dogs there.
Here are some great tips to keep in mind:
- Arrive at the park with your dog on leash
- Take the leash off when letting your dog play (if it’s permitted)
- Don’t bring any prized toys – leave them at home
- Always keep your eyes on your dog and maintain voice control
- Always clean up after your dog
- Stick to the designated size areas
- Stay up to date with registrations and vaccinations
Getting your dog to the park safely
If you’re lucky enough to have a great dog park nearby and safe pathways, walking to the park is a great option.
If you need to drive your dog to a park, make sure you know how to keep your dog and other passengers safe in the car.
Don’t let your dog roam free in the car where they can distract you or block your vision. Use a seat belt restraint or pet crate to keep them restrained comfortably.
In vehicles like the Mazda BT-50 that have an open tray at the back it’s best to keep dogs tethered or caged for their safety. Never use a choker chain as these can choke the dog if you suddenly brake.
Enjoy time at the park with your pooch!
Our furry friends are amazing at helping us get out and about and encouraging us to stay active. Trying out different dog parks is a great way to discover new areas across Perth that you might not have been to before and meet like minded dog lovers. Have fun at the park with your pooch!