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1/2 Acre, Fully Fenced, Salt Creek Dog Sanctuary

Elmhurst, Illinois
Fully Fenced
0.5 acres
5.0102 reviews
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Hosted by Emily B.



Fully Fenced

Fencing height (at lowest point)

4 ft

100% of guests said fencing at this spot was secure enough to contain their dogs

Gaps or holes in fence: No gaps

Fencing details:

Updated 11-13-22: We are excited to announce that we moved the entrance driveway gate back further so that it encloses the yard in a way that we no longer share a fence with our neighbors dogs—a big win if your dog is fence reactive. The y...
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Audible/visible from spot


Other domestic animalsNo


Private entryYes


Dog drinking water


Dog treats

Dog toys

Trash can


$5 per dog per hour

50% off all dogs after the 1st dog

Optional monthly membership available!

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**temporarily closed due to mud and necessary yard repair.** Welcome Dog Lovers! We've been in rescue our whole adult lives and have hosted a revolving door of fosters. We now have a baby, so it's not the right time for us to have a dog or foster, but our 1/2 acre fully fenced dog-friendly yard is ready to host YOUR special furry friend(s). We live a short, straight-shot drive from Chicago and are butt-up against the beautiful Salt Creek (and all the wild life that also calls the creek "home" - bunnies, squirrels, groundhogs, birds, garden snakes (usually only in May), etc.). The head of Salt Creek Trail is located just a block away on Thomas Street, so feel free to explore the creek/trail after your yard time. It leads all the way to Villa Park, where you can catch the Prairie Path / Great Western Trail. You'll pass by MORE Brewing Company as well as outdoor bar and food trucks Fuel and Creme (ice cream). Make a day of it! Please note that even though the yard IS fully fenced, it is comprised of a variety of sizes shapes ranging from 6 feet privacy, raw iron, to 4 foot chain-link, barn wood with chicken wire between the wood gaps so it’s not wide open. You know your dog's "flight risk" better than anyone, so please make smart decisions when booking our yard. Yes, the playset is open for use, so bring your human kids for some extra fun! (not responsible for any injuries incurred on playset). And finally, we welcome GOTCHA DAY PARTIES. Celebrate with your dog and dog friends in our yard. Reach out with any questions! Plan on coming again after your first trip? Message me and I will request a discount code for you to get $5 off. We love repeat visitors. Ps: trash is the all-green bin with same color lid.


100% of guests said this spot was as clean as expected during their visit.


Dogs with an impressive vertical leap are likely able to clear the back fence—see photo for reference. One foster dog we had was fixated on chasing a rabbit and barreled through the wire to get it. You know your dog's prey drive and jumping capabilities better than anyone. Choose our yard based on that. Finally, when it has rained, the yard closest to the creek will be soggy/muddy. All part of the fun! Suffice to say, most dogs just zoomie, romp, and have a BLAST!

Host Rules

Minimum visit length
1.0 hour
Required advanced notice for visits
1 hour
Maximum dogs allowed
Is the host present?
I generally do not meet my guests
Additional rules

No overnight bookings (9pm-7am).

Community safety rules
Dogs must be leashed when entering and exiting the spot.
Make sure the area is safe and secure before bringing your dog in.
Arrive and leave on time, this is important for safety.
Pick up after your dogs. Leave the spot as it was when you arrived.
Always review and abide by spot specific rules.
Unless otherwise stated, restrooms are not available on site.

Booking Policies

Booking Policies
Only one booking is allowed at a time at any spot and there is an enforced 30 min buffer between all bookings to ensure dogs in separate bookings do not meet.
This spot is set for Booking, which means you will be instantly confirmed for any booking you request. You will receive the address and access instruction immediately following booking.
Visits can be moved or cancelled up to 2 hours before a visit.
Visits can be extended and dogs can be added throughout the visit.

(102) Reviews

  • Marcie C., Mar 20, 2023

    It was really muddy so I chose not to go at the last minute. Emily was great about it and even offered a refund.

  • Audrey L., Feb 26, 2023

    So fun! The owner was so helpful, she noted that with the warm temps and the previous snow it would be muddy and offered a refund if I were to cancel which was SO thoughtful. We love the mud so we still went and had so much fun. What a great time

    Host replied: This warms my heart! No pun intended :)

  • Jessica R., Feb 13, 2023

    This Sniffspot was a great place for our dogs to run and have fun. Chairs, toys, and a water bowl was provided. We appreciated the towels that were left out to wipe their muddy paws!

    Host replied: Thanks so much! Come romp anytime

  • Haley W., Feb 7, 2023

    A lot of space, a lot of toys, very private. My dogs loved it

  • Shir L., Feb 4, 2023

    Once again the best sniffspot in Illinois. Thank you Emily ! Chance had a blast !

  • Wes K., Jan 27, 2023

    Great place to let your dog snuff and run. 

  • Kelly L., Jan 25, 2023

    A beautiful snowy day. The driveway and walkway were cleared of snow. Fun play time in the snow.

  • Rachel C., Jan 21, 2023

    Great spot! Short drive from the city and quick replies to questions.

    Host replied: Thanks so much! I’m glad you found it a lovely getaway from The city

  • Lesley G., Jan 15, 2023

    Had a good time with my dogs today! Coco didn’t want to leave and we had to chase him to get him to put on his leash LOL. I would recommend bringing your own toys IF your dogs are picky!

    Host replied: Haha silly coco! Hope to see you again soon :)

  • Shir L., Jan 15, 2023

    This was our first Sniff Spot experience and it was AMAZING! Not only is this location perfect, the host Emily is wonderful! She communicated with me before, during , and after our visit via chat on the app and it made me feel so comfortable visiting her spot. Access is so easy. Quiet neighborhood, plenty of street parking , easy in and out of the yard. My dog and his friend we brought had a blast. It’s just the right size , and lots of spots to sniff. Clean. Well kept. Secure. Dogs got a little muddy but WORTH IT. Highly highly recommend this spot. Worth the drive from the city for sure. We will definitely be back ! Thank you Emily !

    Host replied: I am so glad you had a fun time! With the nice weather today, we had a lot of guests and I could see the yard getting a little muddy toward the end of the day. But I know they had a blast and it was fun watching them. I can’t wait to host you again!!

Meet your host

I have been in dog rescue my whole adult life. While we are taking a break from fostering or adopting due to having a nine month old baby, we look forward to hosting your dog baby!

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