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Reactive dogs welcome
Many of the spots we list are designed with sensitive dogs in mind
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What people say about dog parks around Vancouver, Washington
My dogs had a great time running around in the open grassy area, as well as exploring the forested, brushy areas. They offered, water, toys, and treats, too! Beautiful property and very clean area. As our time was about to end the property owners dogs were let out into a fenced area that was NOT in my dogs line of vision, but they could hear them. It did alarm my shepherd who is extremely fearful of dogs, but we just left, as our time was almost up anyway. It would not prevent me from coming back, but thought I would mention it in case any one has a dog that is reactive like mine. My dogs had a great time and the dog barking did not ruin anything.
One of my new faves! Great space for running, even with my pack of 9! Fun patches of trees to run around. Different areas to explore between wooded spots, sitting area, open backyard, and private road. Friendly, dog-loving humans own the space. They made me and my packs feel welcome with quick “hellos,” but also gave us balanced space to focus on our session. My favorite feature is being able to let the dogs out directly from The Tail Wagon without having to leash up. A trash can, water, small water bowl, and toys were provided.
My dogs and I loved this spot. Well kept, great for dogs that have a good recall or stay close to their owner to sniff and explore off leash. Host was super quick to respond about where bowls were and getting the pups water. I do agree with most about I wasn’t 100% sure where the property boundaries were and didn’t want to wander onto someone else’s land. So we stuck close to the field in the back side and the small wooded area there. But we will most definitely be back soon. My two had a blast being able to romp together without a leash and smell new things. Great first experience with this app.
My Dane puppy did not want to leave. Lol
A beautiful setting out in the woods with a nice open, grassy area. Very well maintained. My dog can’t be trusted to come back if I let her off leash, so we explored with the leash on. I wasn’t sure where the property boundaries were but we mostly stuck to the non-wooded area and that seemed to be fine. This is a spot probably best for folks that have a dog with good recall or perhaps trying out a long lead like the host suggests in her description. I like the hilly terrain, it can make for good exercise going up the inclines. Do watch out for poison oak if you venture into the woods at all, nothing new to those of us familiar with the northwest forests though!
This place lives up to its name! My pup loved playing with rocks in the stream and running around the small meadow. The trails are short but lovely, with wildflowers in bloom now that it’s spring. To get to the play area you have to cross a narrow suspension bridge, which has open sides and a naturally wobbly feel (even though it’s securely constructed) so just keep in mind that wary dogs and people might not like it. There’s a poop disposal bin provided, which I always appreciate. Also there’s an old canvas tent in the woods that appears to be permanent but unoccupied. It and other touches like old lanterns, a teepee frame, and rustic seating around a fire pit made this SniffSpot feel like the summer camp I attended as a kid. Only better, because now I get to bring my dog with me. ♥️
My two Labradors love the stream. Right now (Early April) the current is strong which my Labrador loved and could easily wade but smaller dogs would probably like this water feature in the summer when it is calmer. The trail through the woods is short but provided lots of trees and bushes to sniff. Great place for dogs that love water and woods. Definitely should have a good recall as not fully fenced as stated in the description. The trail starts in-between the house and another building. I parked in one of the parking spots on the driveway as the grassy area closer to the entrance looked a bit muddy.
Outstanding! This was our first Sniffspot and I am blown away. What a little oasis to play fetch with my fur buddy for an hour. He was tired after 15 minutes, but the hour gave him time to just hang out in the yard, which he never gets to do. Jim greeted me from the window and everything was so perfectly clear when I got back in the yard. There was a welcome sign under the clock and the amenities all setup and ready for us to use. The yard was lined with wood chips, I'm assuming as a bumper for the dogs not to run into the fence and my dog loved them. He wanted to lay around on them more than anything. We will be back for sure. Thanks Jim. P.S. For some reason the app won't let me upload any pictures, but I will once I can.
This was our first sniff spot and will not be our last! Great communication/instructions. Jim greeted us from the front window as we parked in the driveway and the spot was set up with all kinds of creature comforts to make us feel at home. Large grass & wood chipped yard to run and play. Southeast facing so great morning sun today. Yard wasn’t muddy (its been rainy lately) so no need to wash paws but there was a paw washer and towel available if needed and we appreciated the extra touches of hospitality. Will definitely be back! :)
Really fun place for dogs who enjoy water and playing in puddles! There is also an area that isn’t marshy where you can stay dry and play fetch 😊
My dogs really struggle on a leash when together (surprisingly fine when separate and they don’t amp each other up), so the walk to the off leash play area was a struggle. That had nothing to do with the location or host, she was patient with us and our dogs barking at first.
Pack poop bags and towels in your car if your pups like to play in the water and you’ll have a blast!
My dog Remy and I had a great time here! He got to have some up close encounters with horses and alpacas and got to run around the fenced in area to his hearts delight! It was so nice seeing him relaxed enough to "stop and smell the flowers" (or horse poop) because he's really leash reactive. There was some water that I thought he'd love but he was just happy roaming.
I loved it because it was next to a bird sanctuary so I finally got a chance to enjoy nature myself for the first time in months.
Melissa and everyone else was so nice and understanding!
I'll definitely go back and remember my binoculars this time
THIS PLACE IS THE LITERAL COOLEST!!! The place was so easy to find. Host is amazingly friendly, down to earth, and enjoyed showing us around! I adored the four horses, two Llamas, barn cat, and BlueBoy the Mini Rex rabbit. Wear rain boots, if you have them, as it’s very soggy and wet in spots. There’s a huge lovely creek, tall grass, so many natural trails to follow, mud to run through, sticks to throw, and smells to track. We took so many photos, but it’ll take a week for the fancy DSLR ones to be edited. X3 Two hours flew by like nothing!! We will definitely be back!
I've been coming here for the past couple weeks. You and your dog will have fun if :
- Your dog (s) have good off leash recall
- you bring boots in the wet months
- your dog (s) is good around/near horses/alpacas.
- you don't mind getting muddy or having a muddy dog
(bring towels if you like your car's upholstery 😂)
- Melissa will give you a tour and explain all this on your first visit.
- Like all other sniffspots, it is your responsibility to check the perimeter/fence line. If you are concerned you can leave your dog in the car while you take the tour and inspect.
- Between the 1st & 2nd gate, your dog(s) need to be on a leash in the horse pasture for the protection of the horses, alpacas and your dog. The alpaca fencing is electrified because a stallion shares that area with them and that keeps him from going on un sanctioned dates with the mares. So you walk to the second gate with dog(s) on a leash. Great training opportunity right there.
- The alpacas will come investigate your arrival behind that electric fencing. Don't pet them without the owners approval. Don't let the dogs too close to the fence cuz like I said it's electrified.
- An electrified fence does not mean that it's dog proof. The purpose of the fence is to keep the alpacas in their area. You are responsible to keep your dog(s) out.
- The mares, if they are out grazing might look at you and might consider walking up. If you don't feel comfortable make sure to let Melissa know before your scheduled visit so she can make arrangements. In most cases they'll ignore you and the dogs tho.
- Part of the play area is a marsh. That's why you need boots during the rainy season.
- The owners provide access to the creek. It's not their creek. If it's not safe to go during a rain storm or immediately thereafter, don't go. You are a guest and that's a perk (not a dog given right, pun intended).
- The fencing is down to access that creek area. It's barb wire covered by high grass. Dogs figure out to hop over it pretty quick. Watch your step so you don't trip.
- Creeks rise when it rains. The flow can be very strong. Coming when it rains will probably lead to some swift water situation so swimming is not recommended for any dog/person.
- There are blackberry bushes in the play area. There are also some thorns here and there (mostly along the fence line and some sporadic spurts near the marsh). If you have sensitive skin/clothing/feelings, stay out.
- You might step in horse poop.
- The dog(s) might step/roll/eat horse poop.
- You and your dogs might get muddy in the rainy season.
- This is not the best place to play fetch with a tennis ball. It will probably get lost (turn to trash). There are plenty sticks to fetch tho. Also found a coconut today. Genius plan 😂
- Did I mention having good recall? Yeah. But it's worth mentioning again. The fence has been taken over by vegetation in some areas so it is below 4ft in some spots. There is more of the same on the other side of the fence where that is the case so it's not a huge deal if your dog has good recall (or a long lead).
- If your dog is aggressive towards horses, alpacas and has no recall or basic obedience please don't ruin it for the rest of us and go some place else where no livestock is present.
If this all sounds like a mission you are willing to accept you and your dogs will have a fantastic time.
Melissa met us in the driveway to direct us to the parking area and detail the property for us. The dogs loved running through the tall grass and wandering through a couple spots with standing water. Definitely bring boots! The property has horses so there is horse poop around, but people seemed to do a good job picking up dog poop. We heard gun shots on a neighboring property, which the dogs noticed but didn’t mind. It was a nice opportunity for the dogs to see horses and alpaca. Prepare to take the dogs straight to the bathtub after their muddy frolics.
This was our first sniff spot visit and it was great. Melissa was very helpful in showing me where to park, and walking us to the back pasture. My young dog was reactive with the horses and alpacas, but they were calm and allowed her to experience them for the first time. I was grateful that Melissa was also calm while my dog was reacting to her animals. The back area is fenced, large and there are alot of areas to sniff and run around in tall grass. I was a little nervous about letting them run too close to the horse pasture but they will get used to it and I will too as I am sure we will be back!
The boys had a blast! Very cute lil spot. My water dog probably had the most fun in the creek regardless of water temp and the fact that he lost 2 tennis balls to it (one technically in the bushes across the creek).
My boys are very ball centric velcro dogs and they are on ecollars so the lack of fencing is irrelevant to our needs. There is a little out house if the humans needs to go potty (past the little bridge). There was plenty to snerf and explore among the trails. You kinda figure out where the property line ends (did I mention no fencing 😂). In the summer this must be an epic spot by the creek for the hoomanz. My water boy wants the creek just like it was today 😉
This is a great spot close to Portland to take your dog to stretch their legs in a fully-fenced in area. Melissa has a few horses and two alpacas that are so friendly and laid back. Our dog gets a little nervous and vocal around new animals and her horses and alpacas didn't seem phased at all. The fenced area has a lot of taller grass that's almost like a maze in parts, which made it really fun to run around with our dog. We will definitely be back!
We had a great time playing at Melissa's, next time we'll stay longer! Plenty to explore and the fenced area is big but it was easy to keep my eye on Zora wherever she went. The horses and alpacas are so sweet (they do not go in and cannot be seen from the area for the dogs). Wear boots because there is a small stream in the very back so it's a little muddy in some spots. Melissa was great and greated us as soon as we arrived and gave us the lay of the land.
We had a GREAT time, there’s tons of room and many different things for your dog to run around and smell. The owner was very nice and had two chairs set out. It’s 4 hours later and my dog is still absolutely fast asleep. 100% will be going back.
Like another reviewer said, wear long pants if you want to walk around in the long grass with your dog! One thing I will mention - if you/your dog have bee allergies or a fear of bees, be aware there are quite a few buzzing around right now, just bc of fallen fruit in the front part of the area which appears to have long ago been an apple orchard. The back half of the run is covered in long grass and free of bees. (I also imagine this is very seasonal and the bees leave when the apples do!) Just wanted to mention this for anybody who might need to anticipate allergy preparedness.
Easy to find, beautiful field. Austin was responsive and helpful when contacted.
Land is mostly tall grass in an open field. Wear long pants. There’s a few trees near the back of the property with a low spot where water collects. Dogs can definitely squeeze in there to reach the water. I don’t think it’s very deep or clean.
This property is on a corner lot and there are cars on the roads on two sides of the property. The fence will not keep most dogs “in”, as most of it is two or three wires running along the property line. So be mindful of this if your dog doesn’t stay close, doesn’t listen, or tends to chase cars or bikes.
Really a wonderful location with plenty of space to run and so many amazing sniffs. I am so appreciative, my pups can easily spend over an hour with their noses to the ground there!
Very easy to find and access. Its essentially a very large field filled with grasses and other natives growing freely. Towards the back of the property there are some larger trees and a lower area that collects water seasonally between the berry bushes. My impression is that it's only a couple inches deep, but my labrador can easily squeeze back there and plops on in with glee.
I can't comment on appropriateness for Reactive dogs. It's truely a rural location but there are cars on the streets and we have occasionally seen/heard a neighbor moving about on their property so it would depend on your dog's triggers. I haven't seen any other dogs or livestock along the immediate fence lines. The property is mostly fenced, however in some parts the fencing is just 2 or 3 strands of wire.
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FAQ about our Vancouver dog parks
Are dog parks good for dogs?
It is important for dogs to have off leash exercise to sniff and run. But the free and open nature of public dog parks has drawbacks. There could be aggressive dogs, disease transmission and cleanliness issues. For this reason, many dog behaviorists discourage visiting public dog parks and recommend Sniffspot's private dog parks. Sniffspot private dog parks only allow one guest to book at a time and are not open to the public, which solves many of these issues.
Are dog parks safe?
While public dog parks have a number of safety issues, such as aggressive dogs, disease transmission and general cleanliness, Sniffspot dog parks much safer than public dog parks. With Sniffspot all bookings are private for just you and dogs you bring with you and we require all dogs to be vaccinated (or have equivalent titers). All Sniffspot locations are vetted and reviewed by guests so you can find the perfect place for you and your dog. 97% of reviews on Sniffspot visits in the Vancouver area are 5 stars.
How do I know if a dog park works for my dog?
You can filter Sniffspot dog parks by fencing and distractions. If your dog doesn't have good recall, you can visit one of our 69 fully fenced dog parks in the area. If your dog is reactive to other dogs, you can visit one of our 23 off leash areas where there are no dogs audible or visible nearby. You can also filter locations to avoid other domestic animals and people. We also recommend reading reviews and reaching out to the host with any questions.
The Vancouver area has 13 Sniffspot locations with private trails for you and your dog to walk or hike. Dogs can generally be off leash on Sniffspot trails. The most popular trail is Sapphire Point Private Dog Park In NW Portland.
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