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What You Need to Know About Dog Parks in Bonita Springs

Tiana Burgos
March 18, 2020

Whenever you are thinking about visiting a new place, there are many things that you are going to have to consider along the way - and if you have a dog or several dogs, then finding a decent dog park is going to be one of them. If you are thinking about visiting Bonita Spring, dog parks are going to have to be considered before you go, so that you can make sure that you are going to look after your dog as well as you would hope. That’s something that we are going to look at in this article.

What follows is an account of some of the things you will need to know about the dog parks in Bonita Springs before you go. As long as you have considered all of the following, you should find that you are going to have much more chance of taking care of your dog while on vacation, and you won’t have to worry about this one more thing as you go on your holiday. Let’s take a look at what you need to know about dog parks in Bonita Springs.

Bonita Springs Dog Park Hours

If you are going to take your dog to the dog park while you are holidaying in Bonita Springs, then you are going to have to know some of the more essential information first, such as when those parks are actually going to be open. The last thing you want is to find that you are not prepared in this way, as that could then lead to severe disappointment if it turns out you won’t be able to take your dogs to the dog park when you need to. You of course want to find dog parks that are open as long as possible, so that you know you have somewhere to take your dog whenever you might need to.

Different dog parks in Bonita Springs have different opening hours, so it is something that you are going to have to check with each one before you go, and in particular you will have to check on the day itself, as this is the kind of thing that can alter over time and change at different times of year and so on. However, by way of example, let’s take a couple of the dog parks in Bonita Springs and see what their opening hours are generally like.

The main dog park on East Terry street is open dawn to dusk, and obviously that means that it changes over the year. This is the most common opening hours for the dog parks in Bonita Springs, and that is what you should generally expect when you are looking for a dog park there. So no matter what time you need to go and take your dog, you should be fine as long as the sun is up.

Bonita Springs Dog Beach Hours

As well as the main dog park in Bonita Springs, there is also a dog beach, so if you are excited to take your dog to the beach you will not have to worry about not being able to do that. Of course, you might well want to simply do both, and in any case it is good to know that the option is always there for you to follow. However, as with using the main dog parks, if you want to use the Bonita Springs dog beach too, you are going to have to make sure that you know what the opening hours are of that as well, otherwise you won’t be able to make good use of it at all.

For the main Bonita Springs dog beach, it is open from 7 in the morning to dusk every day, and open seven days a week as before. So no matter when you might be visiting the dog beach, you can be sure that you are able to visit it as long as it is in between these hours.

Whenever you are visiting the dog beach in Bonita Springs, you should bear in mind:

  • Because it closes at dusk, it will vary at different times of year.
  • Sometimes it might seem to be open, but it will actually just be a private event, and you might be refused entry. However, this is rare.
  • A dog beach might also be closed unexpectedly owing to an unusually high tide or other similar incident.
  • You should plan your trip carefully so as to avoid any disappointment.
  • In particular, make sure that you call ahead on the day - especially if you are coming some distance to visit the dog beach - so that you can ensure that it is really open on the day you are going.

It would be very disappointing to find that the dog beach is not open when you want to go, so make sure that you bear these points in mind. That way, you should be able to avoid any disappointment and still use the dog beach as you need to.

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Bonita Springs Dog Park Vs Bonita Springs Dog Beach

As we have seen, there are actually two main dog parks in Bonita Springs. Firstly, you have the main dog park on East Terry Street, but then you also have the dog beach which we have just been looking at, on Estero Boulevard. At first, you might be wondering which of these you would rather visit, and it might be that you are struggling to decide. However, depending on what it is that you are looking for, you might be able to work out what kind of place you are going to try and find, and that should influence your decision greatly.

If you are looking for somewhere very central and easy to get to, then the main dog park might win out just. However, the dog beach is not exactly in the middle of nowhere, and is still easy to get to - it’s just that it is slightly more out of the way than the other one, and that might be something you want to consider if you want to just pop along to one of these places quickly with your pooch. There is also a difference in parking, in that the main dog park has easier parking which is free, while the dog beach needs to be paid for, and you might find it a little harder to get a good spot.

Generally, however, people do seem to rave about the beach park more than the other one, so if you are purely looking for as much fun as possible you might want to think about what you can do to make sure of this. In truth, if you are visiting Bonita Springs with your dog, you might well decide to try out both of the main dog parks, as they are each worth visiting in their own unique way.

Does My Dog Have To Be Leashed?

One of the important considerations whenever you are going to use a dog park is in making sure that you are following the rules at all times. One of the main rules that you often need to be aware of is whether or not your dog has to be leashed. It is easy to see why this might be important to think about, as it could be a safety concern for other dogs and so on.

Here are some things to consider:

  1. Despite what the rules say, the main idea is that you need to take care and not allow your dog to run wild.
  2. At the main dog park, you are expected to leash your dog when walking them in and out, but you can let them off for a time to run around themselves.
  3. However, if your dog is dangerous in some manner, then you might be asked to leave, and you should take extra care.
  4. At the dog beach, you are going to be able to allow your dog to run free.
  5. At all times, make sure that you keep your eye on your dog, whether on or off their leash.

This is an important rule to consider, but as long as you do - and as long as you are generally keeping an eye on your dog - you should find that you are essentially using the dog park in the proper manner.

What You Need to Know About Bonita Springs Dog Beach

It might be helpful for you to have some more general information about the dog beach in Bonita Springs, so that you can help plan your trip to this place and make sure that your dog is going to be looked after and have the best time possible. This dog beach operates in a very similar way to any other, and there are not any huge concerns that you are going to have to think about, but there are a few specifics that it is worth knowing before you go, so you can make sure that you are using it properly.

Your dog can run free at this beach, which is a huge bonus, but it is up to you to keep your eye on your dog at all times. There are no restrooms, but instead a portable toilet. There is some free parking but it is limited, and many more people have to use the paid parking nearby. There are doggie shower stations which are available for all to use, and which you should use when you are about to leave the park. You are not allowed to take in any glass containers, and no alcohol is to be consumed on site. It is also worth noting that it is an unsupervised dog beach.

What You Need to Know About Bonita Springs Dog Park 

As with the dog beach, it’s a good idea to get to know everything you possibly can about the main Bonita Springs dog park, so that you can make sure that you are using it right, and that you don’t have to worry about anything along the way. There are many things that you might need to consider here, and it is worth taking a look at them all in turn. That way, you can be fully prepared before you go, whenever you happen to go.

Unlike some dog parks, you don’t have to provide any paperwork to get into this dog park, so that is good - you can just rock up. However, you do have to keep a close eye on your dog, and as with all dog parks you are ultimately responsible for your pooch at all times. Despite being the main dog park in Bonita Springs, it does not get too crowded here, so you are going to be able to relax and simply enjoy yourself as much as you like. It is generally agreed that the view at this dog park is amazing, so also take a moment to enjoy it for yourself while your dog is having fun!

How Do I Introduce My Dog to the Dog Park?

If it is your first time taking your dog to the dog park, or you are just generally still unsure about how you are meant to do this, then you will want to know what you need to consider when you are introducing your dog to the dog park. Actually, it’s fairly straightforward, but you do need to look into it to make sure that you are going to get it right and be confident in how you are approaching it.

When you are introducing your dog to the dog park, take care of the following:

  • Beforehand, ensure that you have fully vaccinated your dog - for their safety, and the safety of other dogs.
  • Train your dog at least to return to you before you go, as this makes it much easier overall.
  • Choose a time and place that works for you, and when it is not going to be too busy. You can always look online or call ahead if need be.
  • Ease your dog into playing off-leash, and only go as far as you are comfortable to go.

If you take all this into account, you are going to have a much better time of it, and you should find that you are more successful at introducing your dog to the dog park in Bonita Springs. Be aware that at first there will be a rush of dogs to meet your dog, and that is just part of the process, so make sure that you are prepared for that.

What Should I Bring to the Dog Park?

Whenever you are going to the dog park, you should be prepared in the same kind of way that you would be when you are going to any park or any kind of outing yourself. The main thing is to take what you need to keep yourself and your pooch happy, comfortable and satisfied. So one of the main things is water - plenty for you, and plenty for your dog. Going without water could be a real mistake, as you can’t always get some while you are there, even if the facilities are there. It might just be too busy to get some for yourself and your dog.

Of course, another main thing that you should always take with you is doggy bags, as you are going to have to clean up their mess along the way. As long as you bring those, you are not going to have to suffer the embarrassment of not being able to clean up after them, which is a huge no-no in most dog owner’s eyes.

If you have a decent amount of dog treats on you, then you can make sure that you are going to be able to train your dog and reward them for their good behavior. In this way, it is going to be much easier to control them while you are at the dog park, which is hugely important. Similarly, remember to take their leash, even to a park that doesn’t require one, so that you can leash them up if necessary. You should also take a blanket with you, particularly if it is a cold or wet day, so you can dry your dog afterwards and before getting in the car.

As long as you bring all that you need to, you are going to feel so much more prepared. So remember all this, and you should be in a much better position with regard to visiting the Bonita Springs dog parks.

Bring Your Dog on Vacation with Royal Shell Pet-Friendly Rentals

If you are thinking of being one of the six million people who visit Southwest Florida every year, and you are thinking in particular of bringing your dog along with you, then you will need to make sure that you are going to stay somewhere that is pet-friendly. That is going to be a dealbreaker in deciding on your accommodation.

With a Royal Shell vacation rental home, you can be sure that your visit to the dog parks in Bonita Springs is going to be much easier and simpler, thanks to the dog-friendly nature of the accommodation. So be sure to consider that before you go.

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