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Dog Friendly Play Areas Near Cleveland

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by May (subscribe)
Typical Gemini, with the concentration span of a gnat & not one for sitting still. My old Da used to say that "you're a long time dead". So my mantra is get busy living.Please join me for more at brizzymaysbooksandbruschettasite.wordpress.com
Published May 4th 2015
Want to let doggy off the leash without fear of fine ?
For the past two weeks I have been minding my daughter's Labrador whilst she and her partner gallivant around the Mediterranean.

Bentley has a lovely nature and we are really enjoying his company. As he is just over twelve months old he is still considered a pup and he is most certainly a bundle of energy.

There is lots of ball chasing in the backyard, cardboard boxes and old shoes are sacrificed for the chewing cause, and we are all enjoying afternoon walks around the neighbourhood admiring the efforts of the local gardeners.

My philosophy for puppy handling is similar to raising very young children: keep them busy during the day and they will sleep well at night.

So it was with this in mind that we went on a search for some dog friendly parks in the Redlands.

Robert Mackie Park, Panorama Drive, Thornlands, is a delightful reserve for both Little People and dogs. The playground for the kiddies is well equipped and far enough away from the road so that frazzled Mums and Dads can relax a little under the towering gums and in the fresh air.

Robert Mackie Park
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There are two fenced off areas for the canines. One a great area for throwing sticks and allowing dogs to stretch their legs, the other, a larger space with an obstacle course - if you have a dog whom understands obstacles! This larger area is my favourite as it also includes undercover seating allowing the humans to relax while their pet is at play.

Robert Mackie Park
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The next dog park we discovered is at G J Walter Park, Shore Street East, Cleveland. This is a much more open area by the bay, attracting the picnickers and family cricket and soccer players. Food and balls. Always a major distraction for young Bentley!

The fenced off area provides a very safe play area for the dogs though it does run right down to the shoreline. In Bentley's case this made me a little nervous on two counts:

1) Obedience School was not Bentley's forte and I had concerns that if Bentley had a hankering for a swim he could end up in New Zealand

2) Labs are notoriously good swimmers

G J Walter Park
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Which led us to a designated beach in Raby Bay Foreshore Park where you are able to unleash your pooch. Just drive along Masthead Drive and park. The dog friendly park is third down and well signposted.

No fears of swimming out to sea here - all the dogs were too busy running and rolling in the sand.

Raby Bay Beach
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All these areas have proved great areas for play for our four legged friends.

Raby Bay Beach
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Please always remember to be a responsible dog owner and leave play areas clean.

If the possums in the back garden would stop playing throughout the night I am sure Bentley would too.
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Why? Places to take our dogs to stretch & play
Where: Three designated dog areas around Cleveland
Cost: FREE
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Very helpful article. Thanks so much
by dawnw (score: 1|51) 1439 days ago
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