In this Dog Park Series, we are exploring the best dog parks in North Brevard County as well as tips for the best dog park experience for you and your beloved dog pals! In Part 1, we learned about preparing for your dog park experience to make sure you and your dog are ready for play. Now that you’ve taken the appropriate steps to prepare for your park visit, make sure you have all the right supplies with you.
What to Bring to the Dog Park
Before you head out the door, make sure your dog has their collar on with any current identification and vaccination tags. Even if you are heading to an off-leash dog park, it is essential to always carry a leash with you for entering and exiting the dog park safely and for any emergencies you may encounter during playtime. Running around with furry friends can be exhausting! Make sure to pack plenty of water with a water bowl so your dog stays hydrated.
Treats are another must-have item for your park pack. Treats are a great tool to reward good behavior and redirect undesired behaviors. Yummy goodies can also help bring your dog’s attention back to you when it’s time to leave, but they are begging for just five more minutes of playtime. If your dog is good with sharing, bring some toys or tennis balls for extra exercise and enrichment. Many dog parks provide waste bags or cleanup stations but make sure to have some spare bags on hand just in case there aren’t any available. First aid kits are a smart item to keep with you in case of unforeseen emergencies at the dog park.
We suggest this first aid kit that is compact and has a great variety of medical care items. Lastly, be sure to pack a towel to protect your car from muddy paws after playtime. Designate a small bag or backpack to put all of these items in for a quick and easy grab and go dog park pack.
Dog Park Checklist:
- Collar with Tags
- Water Bowl
- Bottle of Water
- Dog Treats
- Waste Bags
- First Aid Kit
Dog Parks in North Brevard County, FL
- Location: 501 Marina Rd. Titusville, FL 32796
- Phone: (321) 264-5037
- Hours: Dawn – Dusk
There is something for everyone at Sandpoint Marina Park, so make a whole day of it! Sandpoint Marina Dog Park is a fenced, off-leash dog area that has a divided section for both small and large dogs. Your dog can run off their energy at the park while the less furry members of your group can burn off their energy in other ways. In addition to the dog park, Sandpoint Marina Park has a playground, a bike course, and a skate park. There is something fun for everyone! While you’re in Titusville, head over for a post-dog park doggy sundae treat at Bruster’s Real Ice Cream!
- Location: 6300 Fay Boulevard Cocoa, FL 32927
- Phone: (321) 633-1904
- Hours: Dawn – Dusk
- Requirements: Identification and Vaccination Tags
Port St. John Dog Park is located in Fay Lake Wilderness Park. With over 190 acres and lots of activities, this may be another park worth a day trip! This park has lots of water activities, including paddling, fishing, and a boat launch. Watch out for wildlife during your visit such as songbirds, deer, and turtles! Be sure to keep your dog on leash throughout the park, except for the designated off-leash dog park area. Check here for additional dog park rules.
If you can’t make it to the dog park with your dog, or if your pup needs more personalized attention, contact Space Coast Pet Services to create a custom care plan for your pet!
In case you missed it, check out Part 1: Preparation for Play and Dog Parks in Central Brevard County, FL.
Melanie is the owner and founder of Brevard’s premier trusted in-home pet care company. In 2016 she took her corporate security background and combined it with her lifelong passion for animals – that’s how Space Coast Pet Services was born! She is certified in Pet First Aid & CPR and committed to ongoing training and education. She leads a team with diverse backgrounds who are all animal-loving pet care professionals. Melanie is the mother of two amazing humans, two small pups and a witty African Grey parrot and enjoys volunteering, reading, swimming, hiking, traveling, grilled cheese sandwiches, and naps.
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