Looking for the best Portland Dog Parks? Then you'll enjoy this handy local guide to Portland Oregon dog parks with a breakdown on features and types of dog parks, so you and your pooches can have a great time. Portland OR Dog Parks come in all sizes, and offer different amenities. Some are Portland off leash dog parks, while others require that you maintain your pet either on a leash, or in a tightly controlled area designated specifically for dogs. There are even indoor Portland dog parks (since the grassy fields get quite wet and muddy during our winter months), and Portland doggie day care facilities for those who want to board their dogs during the day when they are at work or visiting Portland.
Visit our Portland Dog Friendly Hotels page if you are visiting Portland with your pooch and want to know where to find the best dog friendly hotels in PDX.
"Good Boy!" - Tips and Guidelines for Dog Park Etiquette
Not all dogs are good candidates for dog parks, especially off leash dog parks in Portland. If you have a new dog, a puppy, or a dog that you know isn't well behaved or doesn't get along with other dogs, you might want to avoid the Portland dog parks until your pet can be trusted to be safe off leash when playing with other dogs. If your dog seems frightened, uncomfortable, or is exhibiting aggressive behavior, leave the dog park immediately. Your dog may just need additional training or socialization before re-introducing him to a Portland dog park. There are lots of Portland dog trainers and resources available to help.
Be safe and pay attention. It can be downright dangerous to allow a dog to run free at the dog park unless you are confident your dog will respond to your voice commands. Unfortunately, there have been many incidents of dogs being bitten by other dogs in Portland dog parks. I even had this happen to one of my own dogs, and it's scary! Don't be "that guy" who carelessly brings a nervous or hostile pet into a strange situation around other dogs: the results can be painful and unfortunate, if not tragic. If you need help dealing with aggressive dogs, contact Multnomah County Animal Services at: 503-988-7387.
Dogs playing in the park, or in any social situation with other dogs can share and transmit illness or disease like kennel cough, so be sure your dog is current on his vaccines before bringing him to dog parks in Portland Oregon. Use the same guidelines you would if you were going to board your dog. Usually you have to produce documented proof of vaccines if you are planning to board your pet at a doggie daycare or boarding facility. While this isn't necessary for a visit to the Portland dog park, use your good judgment and don't bring a sick or unvaccinated pet around other dogs. If your dog is acting a bit under the weather, postpone your dog park visit for another time.
Good dog park etiquette requires that you clean up after your pet. With tons of dogs running wildly through the grass, you don't want to leave your dog's mess behind for people or other dogs to step in. Carry some doggie walking papers with you to the park, and you will be appreciated for being a responsible pet owner. Many parks have specifically provided dog walking paper stations and disposal receptacles to make this job easy. Sometimes they run out of walking papers, so always bring a couple along with you, just in case.
And finally, always bring a leash! Even in off leash Portland dog parks, you may encounter a situation where you need more control of your dog. It is just safer if you have the leash available in case you should need it.
Read this Off-Leash Dog Park Etiquette guide from Portland Parks:
Best Portland Dog Parks - Top Dog Parks in Portland
Some of the best Portland dog parks are the ones that have designated fenced off-leash areas. Your dog is welcome to run and play all day long at these parks, and because they are fenced you don't have to worry about your dog escaping.
Some of the most popular Portland dog parks include the following:
Southeast PortlandBrentwood Park
SE 60th & Duke, Portland Oregon
Portland Parks Brentwood Off-leash Area Map.pdf
Portland Parks Chimney Off-leash Area Map.pdf
N. Denver & MLK Jr Blvd., Portland, OR
Portland Parks Delta Off-leash Area Map.pdf
Portland Parks Gabriel Off-leash Area Map.pdf
Northeast PortlandNormandale Park
NE 57th & Halsey, Portland, OR
Portland Parks Normandale Off-leash Area Map.pdf
Best Places in Portland to Hike with your Dog - Portland Dog Hiking Trails
Portland dog parks are one way to get exercise, but it is also really enjoyable taking a hike with your dog in Portland. We have so many amazing Portland dog friendly hiking trails located within the city of Portland, and surrounding areas. Check out a few of these the next time you want to hike with your dog in Portland!
Guidebook - Hike with Your Dog in Portland: http://www.hikewithyourdog.com/PDFs/Portland%201-32.pdf
Portland Dog Parks by Neighborhood
The City of Portland Parks and Recreation Department maintains the current list of Portland dog parks with off leash areas. Definitely visit the park website links provided below for current dog park hours and additional information about each park. Hours are subject to change depending on season.
North Portland Dog Parks with Off Leash AreasArbor Lodge Park
N Bryant St & Delaware Ave
Northeast Portland Dog Parks with Off Leash AreasAlberta Park
NE 22nd Ave & Killingsworth St
NE 57th Ave & Halsey St
Northwest Portland Dog Parks with Off Leash AreasCouch Park
NW 19th Ave & Glisan St
Southeast Portland Dog Parks with Off Leash AreasBrentwood Park
SE 60th Ave & Duke St
Southwest Portland Dog Parks with Off Leash AreasCouncil Crest Park
SW Council Crest Dr
Portland Off Leash Dog Parks
From the City of Portland Parks Department:
Portland Indoor Dog Parks
Portland dog daycare facilities offer an alternative to outdoor dog parks during the long wet Portland winters. The indoor Portland doggie daycare facilities are also a great option if you work long workdays and want your dog to get plenty of exercise, play, and attention while you are at work. Below is a map which features several Portland indoor dog parks and doggie daycare options.
Be sure to read local Portland dog daycare reviews to get a sense of how happy other clients are when selecting your Portland doggie daycare or indoor dog park facility. As with any dog boarding, you will need to provide proof of current vaccinations for most dog daycare facilities in Portland.
Portland Dog Parks Map - Portland Dog Park Finder
One of the best local websites for Portland dog related information is Portland Pooch. They have a great Portland Dog Parks Map as well as a handy checklist of each Portland dog park with individual features. Visit PortlandPooch.com.
We hope you enjoyed this list of Portland Dog Parks. Did we miss your favorite dog park in Portland? Just drop us a line and we'll add it!
Disclaimer: We are not responsible for any information on third-party hotel websites and cannot vouch for the dog parks, businesses, or accuracy of the information. All information is subject to change at the whim of each park, so please contact us if you need us to update any outdated information on this page, or to add to our list of Portland dog parks. Thanks!
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