Fun places to walk your dog that aren’t traditional dog parks

Socializing and exercising your dog in pet-friendly trails is better than confining him or her in a dog park. Fenced dog parks are often urine-drenched, overcrowded, and a bore to be in. Giving your dog an adequate workout and a chance to create healthy bonds with others is practically impossible in a tiny fenced area teeming with dozens of antsy dogs. Furthermore, dogs (and humans) appreciate a change in scenery and walking on trails provide more mental stimulation than sitting within a fenced patch of dirt.

The five parks listed above are not considered dog parks, but are trails that savvy locals frequent with their dogs. All are less than 30 minutes away from Skyline College’s campus. Here are the best dog-friendly spaces to add to your summer activity list: