Local Places to Explore and
Practice Your Training Skills
Going out and about is a fun activity you can do with your dog. Show off those new manners and skills to the public and keep them sharp with lots of practice outside the home. Remember to bring your pickup bags and follow Responsible Dog Ownership guidelines.
Local Pet Businesses that I like to visit and support:
Bath and Bones - Do-It-Yourself Dog Wash and Grooming. They supply the shampoos, towels, equipment, etc. Best of all - They clean up the mess! The place to go after a muddy day! Helpful Staff and terrific service! Very convenient to Lanier Beach and Windemere. Buy 6 sessions get one free!
The Pet Basket - Treats, Toys, Food, and More! Friendly staff, great selection of natural and organic food.
Rucker Horse and Pet - Much more than a feed store! Lot’s of great smells for your dog to learn about as well as food, treats, toys. Well-Mannered dogs on leash are always welcome at Rucker’s.
Pet Vet, Inc.- . Dr. Tracy Land and her staff are dedicated to reducing the suffering brought about by pet overpopulation through their charitable division, Project Spay and Neuter. I have taken my pets there for over 20 years. The staff is friendly, caring, and supportive. Check out the Pet Owner Information and help support the cause by shopping at their Online Store.
Petco on Marketplace Boulevard is a great place to visit and socialize at as well! Come by and say Hi to the puppies during the Free Puppy Playtime for pups 6 months and younger. Check out the schedule for other free seminars on housetraining, leash walking, and manners!
Dog - Friendly Recreation Spots
Lanier Beach – Nice park on the lake where you can take your dog on leash to swim, walk the paths, meet other dogs and have a good sniff around! Consider using a long line on you dog if he wants to swim in one of the more secluded spots. This park has a boat ramp (open) and is popular on weekends during the summer months. It is sometimes completely deserted during the week. Directions: East on Buford Dam Road for approximately 2 miles from Market Place Boulevard (Best Buys). There is a red light at the intersection of Lanier Beach/Samples Road and Buford Dam Road. Take a left at the light and drive slowly through the neighborhood. Go straight through the 4-way stop. The road dead ends at the boat ramp. The beach is on the left just before you get to the boat ramp parking area.
Windermere Park and Dog Park – a nice park with a good trail that winds by the playing fields and down to the creek. Keep your dog on leash while walking the trails. This is a good place for exposure to children using various forms of locomotion (bikes, skates, skateboards, scooters) as well as exposure to crowds and noise during soccer games. Using the dog park – As with all dog parks, be cautious. Stop and watch awhile before going in. If you are at all uncomfortable, don’t go in, just watching is good exposure for you and your dog. If you feel the dogs there are under control and being adequately supervised by their owners, go on in and play a bit. ALWAYS Stay Aware of Your Dog! You are there to allow your dog to play with other dogs, not to stand around and socialize with the other owners while ignoring your dog. Be ready to step in if the play gets too rough and remove your dog from the situation. Remember you are the Giver of All Things Good. That includes safety and protection from other dogs as well as the removal of good things like inter-dog play if your dog gets too rough. If no one is there, enjoy a rousing game of fetch, practice your recalls, distance sits and more in a wide open fenced space. Directions: From Market Place Boulevard turn right on Highway 20, Buford Road, go approximately 3.5 miles and turn right at Windermere Parkway. The park is about a mile down Windermere Parkway on the left. The dog park is to the right from the central path.
Central Park – a nice county park with a wide paved path that goes up and down hills and circles around ball fields, tennis courts, and playgrounds. There is also a Frisbee golf course at this park and a mountain bike trail. Central Park is a great place to practice loose leash walking and get some socialization skill building in as well. Directions: - GA 400 North to exit 17, Keith Bridge Road. Take a right at the top of the ramp, cross over 400 and the park is a mile west on the left.
The Big Creek Greenway in Forsyth County - a 12-foot wide concrete and boardwalk path meandering through the deciduous woods along the Big Creek. The greenway offers an ideal setting for walking, jogging, biking, inline skating and socializing your dog to all of the above!. On-Leash dog walking only, remember to bring your doggie cleanup bags and be a Responsible Pet Owner! Click here for a link to the county’s information page which includes maps and directions: Big Creek Greenway
Chattahoochee Wildlife Management Area – Splash in the cold clear creeks that form the Chattahoochee River in the mountains above Helen, GA. Keep your dog on leash or a long line, unless you have a REALLY reliable recall. It is a big deserted area to get lost in and there are black bears in the area although they are not often seen. Directions: Go straight through Helen on Highway 17. You will cross the river and the river will be on your left. Turn left on Highway 75 at the Flea Market, cross the river and take an immediate right onto Myra Branch Road. The pavement ends and the road runs along the river with parking spots scattered along the way. A good spot is at the first road to the right. There is a nice play area for the dogs if it is not occupied by trout fishermen!
These are just to get you started. There is a great big world out there just waiting to be explored. With a well-mannered dog, you are welcome in most of it! Take your dog for a walk downtown in Cumming, along the greenway in Alpharetta or Suwanee or hike the southern starting point of the Appalachian Trail up at Amicalola Falls.
Go On and Get Out There!
Have a few laughs with your dog today!