As it stands, Vader and the team (of humans) have to play Outlaw Disc Dog (www.outlaw-disc-dog.com) (This is just a domain that points back to Vader's World here.) if we want to practice our disc routines. Of late, we've had an incredibly high number of encounters with Menlo Park police and the highly feared roaming Animal Control officer.
Never mind that Vader is vaulting and stalling or snagging discs out of the air and returning back to us faster than a greyhound on a squirrel. The local law enforcement seems to be in high gear to nab that extra buck or two if they can manage it, from an off-leash dog. (As a peer at work put it, you'd think they'd be out chasing criminals instead of dog owners.)
There should be allowances for professional or well-trained dogs. Just sayin'.
So we've been looking to take our practices and exercise routines anywhere but Menlo Park. And we don't do dog parks because there's no room to practice our professional routines or run after discs safely in.
But if you meander around the region by car, you'll note how often you come across parks that don't want dogs.
But then I found a great couple of resources that helped us find new locations for walking Vader. And the options seem wonderful!
First up, are parks we already go to:
Garin Park is a favorite for us.
It cost $5 per car to get in, and $2 per dog. But they have a great facility if you want to have a picnic and wonderful hiking with miles and miles of trails, with wonderful views.
We need to be on a leash for the first few hundred feet, but once we get through one of the gates, Vader can be leash free, and it's huge! Plus, you'll find yourself possibly walking right by free ranging cows.
There's lots to do and if you take the long way around, it's a few hours of walking! BRING PLENTY of WATER for all in your party, dog and humans!
Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve (San Carlos, California)
This is a 366 acre park with 6 miles of trails, and in the center of it is a completely free off-leash area!
Then we found the Open Space web site that focuses on parks that have trails for dogs!