Frazier Dog Park
1201 W. 4th St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Frazier Dog Park is located in uptown Charlotte. Bring the human kids on this trip too as there is a lot to keep them busy. There are two basketball courts and tennis courts. A walking trail curves through beautiful greenery of big trees and there’s even a creek. A running track borders a large, football-type field. Toddlers will enjoy a small playground area. Dog accommodations include two areas — one for small dogs and the other for larger breeds. There are water spigots and a small fountain to keep the pets hydrated and cool. Doggy bags abound, so keep the park clean.
Off Leash Dog Training
304 S. Polk St.
Pineville, NC 28134
When is the family dog ready for an off-leash experience? Turk Akbay, owner of Off Leash Dog Training, has trained over 1,500 dogs in Charlotte. Just because the dog is great inside the house doesn’t mean behavior will be good at the park. Does the dog regularly follow commands? Still not quite sure if the pet is ready? Akbay says to allow the dog to drag the leash inside the park. What’s the most important part? It’s the walk from the car to the park. Akbay says do not relinquish control to the pet. He once received a call from an owner, inside a dog park, who spent 45 minutes trying to retrieve his dog. Bring along a favorite tug toy and do not allow the dog to play with it inside the park. Using the toy as an enticement, call the dog’s name. After you have regained control, take the pet outside of the enclosed area and play.
12239 N. Community House Road, Suite 134
Charlotte, NC 28277
Zoom Room is a dog training facility, but also a popular location for dog meet-up groups. It’s a time for off-leash playing in a more controlled environment than a dog park. The Charlotte Small Dog Society meet-up group, with its 79 members, convenes at the Zoom Room on occasion. The facility offers space for small, medium and large dogs. If the dogs are not clients, the owner will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire. A staff member monitors the play area, making sure owners are paying attention to their dogs. Agility equipment and dog toys are available. Price is $10 per dog.
19607 Statesville Road
Cornelius, NC 28031
Lucky Dog is in Charlotte’s Lake Norman area. There’s nothing like this in the country, except in Houston. Membership is annual fee of $10 per family. There are indoor and outdoor off-leash play areas for dogs. The indoor features a sports bar, doggie play area, a sports-themed boutique for dogs and owners, doggie daycare, dog grooming and overnight facilities for the family pet. Enjoy sitting out on a covered patio, watching the games on TV, while your pooch runs about. Owners are responsible for their dogs. Before admittance, dogs must be socialized.
McAlpine Creek Park
8711 Monroe Road
Charlotte, NC 28212
Fetching Meadows off-leash dog play area is part of the 114 acres of McAlpine Creek Park. Fetching Meadows is an acre of fenced-in play area for dogs. McAlpine Creek Park is a beautiful spot in Charlotte. There is a fishing pier for the three-acre lake, gazebo, horseshoes, five soccer fields and bike and nature trails, including a 5K cross-country championship course. The dog park is for all sizes of pets, mixed in together. Approaching the dog park, to the right is a low area with big trees for shade. To the left is a high area with a few trees and some benches.
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