A dog’s life in North­west Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - OUTDOORS - By Sean Laughlin | NWA Demo­crat- Gazette

There are end­less places for en­ter­tain­ment in North­west Arkansas, from Dick­son Street, to the Wal-Mart AMP, to Ra­zor­back ath­letic events and so much more. But, what is there to do for pets?

There are mul­ti­ple off-leash dog parks ac­ces­si­ble in the North­west Arkansas area that are great for dogs. Not only for get­ting the pups out­side and ac­tive, but also the in­ter­ac­tion with other K9’s is great for im­prov­ing dog’s so­cial skills which can lead to hap­pier pups.

In Fayet­teville, the Lake Wil­son Off Leash Area, lo­cated at 4370 S Lake Wil­son Rd. With a great nat­u­ral trail around Lake Wil­son, lots of shade for the dogs to cool off and get away from the sun and many places for the dogs to get wa­ter. Some­thing unique that Lake Wil­son has that isn’t al­ways the case at other dog parks is the trail that turns into a two-mile hike, which is great ac­tiv­ity for the dog and their owner.

Gul­ley Park, is lo­cated at 1850 E Town­ship St. Gul­ley Park is great for a let­ting the dog off the leash and let­ting them just run wild. Whether that is by play­ing fetch or just let­ting them run laps un­til they are hap­pily ex­hausted. Gul­ley also has a play­ground right there for the whole fam­ily to take the pup to the park so both the dog and the kids will be en­ter­tained for a long time.

IAMS Dog Park is a pub­lic dog park in Fayet­teville. Lo­cated at 1595 N Dart­mouth Ave., there are two huge fenced ar­eas that sep­a­rate the dif­fer­ent sized dogs. One area is for the smaller dogs or pup­pies that are not use to play­ing with other an­i­mals. The larger dog space is great for all of the large dogs to in­ter­act with each other with­out hav­ing lit­tle dogs run­ning around in their way.

“I love tak­ing my dog (Gor­don) to IAMS be­cause there are so many dogs there to in­ter­act with, run around, and play with that he can’t do at home since he is our only dog,” Megan White, young dog owner said.

IAMS also has a pav­il­ion with pic­nic ta­bles, drink­ing foun­tain and a dog waste pick up sup­plies.

Mur­phy Memo­rial Dog Park is lo­cated at 407 E Nurs­ery Rd.. in Rogers. This park is sim­i­lar to IAMS and is sep­a­rated into mul­ti­ple dif­fer­ent sec­tions. Mur­phy Memo­rial also has a small and large fenced in area for dogs of the same size to min­gle with. But, the cool and unique sec­tion that Mur­phy has is a train­ing yard. This yard is great for young dogs that are just learn­ing how to take com­mands from their own­ers. As well as a great place to teach the dogs new tricks.

At 532 Spring St in Eureka Springs, is the Eureka Springs Bark Park which is only twoyears-old. It is great for the dogs be­cause it is very shady and woodsy for the dogs to ex­plore. A dog wa­ter foun­tain as well is a great fea­ture for the dogs.

The Ben­tonville Bark Park, lo­cated at 2400 N Wal­ton Blvd, is a fan­tas­tic place for ex­tremely ac­tive dogs to go with the mul­ti­ple ob­sta­cle course struc­tures through­out for dogs to just go crazy from ramps to run up, posts to run through and hur­dles to jump. The Ben­tonville Dog Park is great for any dog that loves to show off their ath­letic skill set.

Be­sides parks there are other ac­tiv­i­ties for dogs to go to in­clud­ing the new fad that is sweep­ing the na­tion; Bark at the Park. This oc­curs at two lo­ca­tions in the North­west Arkansas area.

In Fayet­teville, dur­ing spring time, there will be games that are spe­cialty “Bark at the Park Nights” at Baum Sta­dium; home of the Univer­sity of Arkansas Base­ball team. This means that dogs are more than wel­come to come out to the ball­park and cheer on their Ra­zor­backs. This also oc­curs dur­ing the sum­mer at Ar­vest Ball­park, in Spring­dale, where the Mi­nor League North­west Arkansas Nat­u­rals play their home games. Bark at the Park is a great way to en­joy a great ball­game while hav­ing your four-legged kid by your side.

Apart­ment com­plexes through­out North­west Arkansas are also very ac­com­mo­dat­ing to hav­ing pets such as dogs and cats in their com­plex. Some com­plexes also may in­clude their own per­sonal dog parks which is a fan­tas­tic way to have dogs get ex­er­cise as of­ten as they can with­out drag­ging their owner on walks all day.

Pets are truly the best be­cause they are al­ways there for sup­port on the good and the bad days. They are al­ways there for their owner, so the owner needs to be there for them and take them to th­ese great lo­ca­tions through­out North­west Arkansas.

Visit th­ese parks re­spec­tive Face­book pages for more in­for­ma­tion.

GOR­DON (LEFT) PLAYS WITH DOG FRIEND he met at IAMS park in Fayet­teville.

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