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Published April 16th 2015
Fur children like to play too
My superdoggy, Ziggy
If you have a beloved fur child like I do, you would know they require regular exercise and plenty of social interaction. While some dog owners avoid dog parks because they feel they 'breed aggression' or have had a bad experience there, don't just let that put you off. I like to think most people are responsible dog owners, so if dogs aren't playing nicely it's up to their owners to diffuse the situation before it gets out of hand. If your dog is aggressive, get them some help in a controlled environment first – before attempting to socialise them at a dog park.
I've enjoyed many outings to various dog parks in Brisbane with my 11-month old cavoodle, Ziggy. It's not just a fun place for your dog to play and run with a pack, it's also a great place to meet like-minded dog owners and maybe even form some friendships of your own!
These are some dog parks in Brisbane you can try.
Bulimba Riverside Recreation Park off leash dog area, Love Street, Bulimba
This dog park is generally a hive of activity, drawing a large crowd on weekday afternoons. It's frequented by dogs of all breeds and sizes - particularly designer breeds such as oodles and rare breeds you may not have previously heard of.
There are a few bench seats to sit on and there is ample space for dogs to run around while the parents mill about chatting. There isn't much shade though, so come dressed appropriately on a really sunny day. There are two gated entries to the park, with pre-enclosures that enable you to de-leash your dog in a secure area before allowing them to enter the actual dog park – once they have contained their excitement a little.
What I like most about this dog park is its great location adjacent to the Brisbane River. There are also nearby toilets, barbecue facilities and a kid's playground. Plus, free poopy bags are provided!
Colmslie Recreation Reserve off leash dog area, end of Col Gardner Drive, off Lytton Road in Murrarie
This dog park has a couple of old bench seats, a doggy jungle gym and lots of green grass. While the facilities could probably do with some maintenance, the park never seems to get too busy and if you're up early on weekends you may even get free reign.
I generally find the park is frequented by larger dog breeds, so if you have a smaller pup with a different playing style you may want to suss it out first. If you're not keen to take your dog in, there is a beautiful park, beach and jetty in the vicinity so you can take your dog for a walk instead.
Morningside dog off leash area, enter from Quinn Street, off Thynne Road in Morningside
This dog park is tucked in behind the Bulimba Bowls Club and appears to be a true 'locals' haunt. It seems to be busiest on weekdays between 5-6pm, and often feels like a ghost town on weekends, There are usually plenty of friendly dogs, and equally friendly owners to strike up a conversation with.
The downside to this dog park is there is very limited shade (if at all) and sometimes the grass is unkempt.
Powerhouse Park dog off leash area, Lamington Street, New Farm
This dog park is probably my favourite, not only because it is located in a top spot next to the Brisbane River, but it also has plenty of shade and seating areas, and seems to attract
well-behaved dogs and responsible owners.
Various associations, such as Miniature Schnauzers of Australia, host regular picnics there, so it's worth checking out what's going on.
If you're a dog owner and can suggest any other dog parks in Brisbane, feel free to add a comment.