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10 Fully Enclosed Dog Exercise Areas in Perth

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by finy (subscribe)
A retired business owner, my passions are cooking, photography and eating. I use all three of these when I write for which is on HubGarden
Published May 5th 2017
Does your friend fancy a fun frolic in a fully fenced park?
Are Your Dogs Couch Potatos?

couch potato dogs
My couch potato dogs

If you answered yes to this, then this article is for you! My dogs were not always like this as I lived on 5 acres and they had acres to run on - free as the wind!

my property
I used to have plenty of space!

However, when forced to return to the city I was faced with the problem of where these dogs could now run free. Many dogs love to run and this helps especially if they are "terrors" or puppies.

dog running
Many dogs breeds need to run free - Image: Pixabay

There are many dog parks where you are allowed to let your dog run free however, there are not so many that are fully fenced. Sometimes, if you have disobedient or roaming dogs, this is needed in order to let them off leash and have a good run. Admittedly, you are not supposed to let your dog off leash unless you have total command over the dog, however I have found over the years (I have had dogs all my life) that in certain cases I am suddenly NOT the "top dog" and they will ignore me!

My curious dog
Dogs can be curious - one of my GSP's

This is usually in the case of food, as I always seem to get dogs who will eat anything and everything and when they can smell food, it is like I suddenly do not exist, or else they have suddenly gone deaf! Because of this and because I have dogs who can run fast and far, I taught one of my dogs (a GSP) hand signals, but alas, this also suddenly stopped working when he came across an old bone or scraps of food that people leave lying around, or he found a dog more interesting than me.

Often near where I live, people feed bread to birds, and dogs seem to be able to sniff out bread from metres away! So, in my quest to let my current dogs, whippets, run free as they were meant to, I visit parks that are fully enclosed. This is not an easy thing to find as often they are enclosed on 3 sides but the fourth is open.

The following is the ten that I know about (plus a few in the 'Conclusion' that I know little about) - I believe some councils are in the progress of building their constituents one of these amazing parks.

Ellenbrook Dog Exercise Park - Coolamon
Whiteman Park is located on the doorstep of the Swan Valley. Whiteman Park has over 4,000 hectares of natural bushland. Boasting a range of facilities for a recreational day like you've never seen before, you're sure to forget that you're only 25 minutes away from Perth CBD!

Providing dogs with their own park, this off-leash location is completely fenced off, with an obstacle course designed especially in colours that the dogs can see! If you are worried your small dog won't be able to play with the others just yet, a smaller, separate enclosure is set aside just for them too.

Whilst dogs must be kept on a leash at all times within Whiteman Park, this 2.5 ha dog park allows dogs to exercise off-lead and is located in the Mussel Pool East precinct.

dog parks
Dogs playing happily together

Situated at Coolman Oval, the entry off Lord St. or Beechboro Rd, Whiteman; Open daily from 8:30 am–6:00 pm

Inglewood Dog Park
This park is extremely popular and dog owners from far and wide around Perth bring their dogs here to have a good run around and socialise with other pooches.

My dogs
My whippets in a quiet moment at Inglewood

Entry into the park is double gated and there is a gazebo at the entrance, especially handy for some shelter for dog owners on rainy days.

Happy crowd at Inglewood Dog Park - Image:

The dog park has a high perimeter fence around and facilities include a grassed area, water station and a few obstacle course stations. The agility stations include a gently sloping up and down ramp and another with steeper ramps.

Situated in Stancliffe Street; look out for the "bowling club" sign for the turn-off, from Central Ave into Stancliffe St, Mt Lawley.

Rockingham Dog Enclosure
Planning for this park commenced in 2014 and it finally opened late last year (2016). It is the first enclosed off-leash dog park in the City of Rockingham and is at Bayview Reserve.

"The City has more than 100 reserves that are regularly used as exercise areas for the 19,000 registered dogs living in the area but these areas are not fenced, and they are shared with playgrounds, sporting facilities and other recreation areas." (City of Rockingham)

The $165,000 project includes two separate spaces, one for small dogs and one for all dogs, plus various activity zones to minimise high-speed free running and encourage interaction. There are also dog drinking fountains, shady trees, seating for parents to watch their fur babies, mounds for the dogs to climb on and a 1.8m high boundary fence with a 1.5m solid, internal dividing fence.

The council says they will eventually build other enclosed dog parks that are going to be provided throughout the City of Rockingham and surround, and with planning already underway for a second one in Baldivis.

Rockingham dog park
An area of the new Rockingham Park

It is situated at Bay View Reserve, Bay View Street, Rockingham, and has also been designed for wheelchair access.

Yarra Vista Reserve
This is situated in Cockburn and the following is a video clip where you can see the shady, tree-lined area, which has a double gate at the entrance.

It is a bush type area, with hoops to jump through and many more things to amuse your dogs.

Situated at Dean Road, Jandakot.

Calleya Dog Park
Calleya Dog Park has a separate section for large and small dogs.
This park has only recently opened and on 19th February, 2017 they had a doggy high tea to celebrate the opening!

They also have agility equipment here.

Situated at Abelia Road, Banjup - off Clementine Boulevard

Charles Riley Reserve
This park is unmistakable as it has a full sized metal dog statue near the entrance.

The dog area is situated near the playground and it is a good size park to let your dog have a run around and socialise. The main time for your dog to socialise here is in the early evening as there are more dogs around then.

There is a shelter and a couple of seats near the fence and there is also some shade from trees. It has a water fountain where there is also some shade from the limestone wall and therefore some wet sand to keep their tummies cool in hot weather.

There is also a bit of bush area for pooches and this is just above the big sandy area.

Charles Riley Dog Park
Part of the Charles Riley Dog area

Situated at Charles Riley Memorial Reserve, North Beach Road, North Beach.

Kingsway Dog Park & James Marks Park
Madeley Dog Park is fully fenced near Kingsway Sporting Complex and is the "latest kid on the block"! The Wanneroo City park only opened in March 2017 and it is the first fully fenced dog area in the city of Wanneroo. More work is planned and the following is a video put out by the Wanneroo Council:

The Kingsway dog exercise area is adjacent to the Baseball Diamonds and features a large fenced-in grass area as well as seating. There are lots of areas for the dogs to run around here.

Situated at Cnr Hartman Drive and Sporting Drive, Madeley

James Marks Park
This park even has its own dog group called the people of Jack Marks Park!

Jack Marks Dog Park

This is a very popular dog park with both grassed areas as well as sand for your fur babies.

This park also has a fully fenced playground so the kids can play and be safe from mad, dashing dogs and you can keep an eye on both at the same time.

Situated at Cnr Wright and Broome Streets, Highgate.

Kwinana Parmelia Peace Park
Here is a delightful video of dogs playing in this fully fenced park!

This is not a very large park, however it is great for those in the area, and it does have two fenced yards – one for smaller dogs and one for larger dogs, which is such a good idea as some small dogs are scared of big dogs and therefore snap easily!

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There is very limited seating in this park and several obstacles for the dogs to play on and around, as well as a water fountain.

Situated at Cnr Parmelia Ave & Sulphur Rd, Parmelia

Asquith Reserve
This is only a small park however, fully fenced and next to the Mt Claremont Village Bakery and deli, so you can have coffee while your dog plays.


At this Park, there is a seat and a picnic table as well as shade, however there is no water fountain so you will need to bring your own water for your dog.

Situated at Rochdale and Asquith Streets, Mt Claremont

These are the ten fully fenced dog exercise areas around Perth and there are also a few others which I know little about:

Gnangara Lake also has a fenced park and although I have not been here, it is supposed to be lovely and big.

Situated at Alexander Drive, Gnangara

Carrington Street Park
This park is in Carrington St, Nedlands and I read that people call it the "Steamroller Park", as it has a very old and brightly painted steamroller in it. It has a children's playground which is fenced off from the rest of the park.

Situated at Carrington Street, Nedlands

So if you have a couch potato dog that really wants to run wild, do take him or her, or them, to one of these parks.

The JOY on this dog's face - Image: Pixabay

They are also a wonderful place to socialise, as long as you do not have an aggressive dog.

Running alone or with other dogs can also help if your dog has destructive behaviour which could be because he/she is not getting enough stimulation/exercise.

Destructive behaviour - Image: By Taro the Shiba Inu, via Wikimedia Commons

And don't forget - never leave anything behind in a dog park!
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Why? To give your dog a fun time, and get rid of some excess energy
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Your Comment
Which of the enclosed dog parks is in Osborne Park, just off of Scarborough Beach Rd? I saw it in your article when I first read it....but can't find it now.
by Aim-h (score: 0|4) 1440 days ago
Just FYI Whitman Park and ellenbrook dog Park in coolamon are 2 different parks.
by lukew (score: 0|2) 1381 days ago
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