Differences Between Pet Boarding and Daycare

Boarding requirements page- replace top stock photo of bulldogPet boarding and daycare are two options available if you need someone else to care for your pets for awhile. Although they offer similar services, they’re not the same. Keep the following in mind in order to understand the differences between daycare and boarding.

Who Needs Daycare?

Pet owners who are gone during the day while working usually use pet daycare services. These services give their dogs something to do instead of lying around at home all day or getting into trouble. Those who work from home can also use pet daycare if they want their pets to get some playtime and socialization. This provides pet owners with some peace and quiet while they work or run errands. Pet owners drop their pets off in the morning, then pick them up after work.

Who Needs Boarding?

Pet owners who are going away on vacation or business trips use pet boarding services while they’re away. These services provide pets with a place to stay and people to look after them around the clock until their owners come back. Pet owners drop their pets off on or before the day they’re leaving, then pick them up when they get back from their trip.

Daycare Services

Pet boarding and daycare services differ in some ways, although some of these services are the same. For example, dogs that are in daycare and dogs that are boarding, both have playtime with other dogs, as well as time to rest in the afternoon. At DoGone Fun, dogs who are in daycare spend hours playing. Pet owners can also arrange for daily indulgences for their dogs, such as biscuits at nap time, frozen yogurt treats, Kong stuffed with goodies at nap time, a 15-minute walk outside, and a freshen-up service with dry shampoo. Pet owners can also pay for additional grooming services during daycare, or have their dogs take training classes.

Boarding Services

Boarding services for pets include playtime in a safe, enclosed area with other dogs and an afternoon nap. Several other services are available upon request at DoGone Fun. These services usually cost a small fee in addition to regular boarding rates. Some of the services that pet owners can choose for their dogs include gourmet biscuits at bedtime, a Kong stuffed with treats at bedtime, a 15-minute walk outside, extra comfy beds and one-on-one cuddle time at night. Other boarding services include administering medications, home cooked Sunday brunch and home cooked holiday dinners.

Benefits of Dog Daycare Services

Pet boarding and daycare each offer important benefits that pet owners should keep in mind. Dog daycare services give dogs a chance to interact with other dogs and people instead of being left at home on their own for much of the day. This provides dogs with extra stimulation, which helps prevent boredom. When dogs are bored at home, some develop destructive behaviors, such as chewing, barking or eliminating indoors. Having them in a different environment and around other dogs keeps their minds occupied. Pet daycare also gives dogs an opportunity to stay physically active, which helps reduce the risk of obesity and related health problems.

The benefits of dog daycare aren’t just for dogs. Pet owners also benefit from daycare by knowing that their dogs are getting plenty of attention while they’re at work rather than lying around all day with no one around. They can also depend on having happy yet tired dogs to pick up at the end of the day. With all of the running around dogs do at daycare, they’re bound to sleep well at night and not become restless at home.

Benefits of Dog Boarding Services

Dog boarding services also offer a great way to keep dogs from getting bored and lonely. Dog boarding that includes playtime gives dogs something to do instead of lying in a kennel for most of the day. During their stay, dogs have hours of time to spend playing with other dogs. This lets them get enough exercise each day and helps them relieve any stress they might be experiencing from being away from home.

When pet owners have to travel and can’t bring their pets, leaving them at home isn’t always an option. Bringing them to a pet boarding and daycare facility means that they have somewhere to stay and staff members around to look after them. This can help pet owners feel more comfortable being away from their pets. Dog boarding also provides a good alternative for those who don’t want to have a pet sitter come to their home each day while they’re gone. With pet boarding, they don’t have to give a key to their home to someone they don’t know well, and they don’t have to worry about the pet sitter not showing up to care for their pets. Staff members at boarding facilities watch over and care for dogs during their stay.

Pet Boarding and Daycare Rates

Pet boarding and daycare differ when it comes to rates as well. While individual rates vary from one facility to the next, boarding usually costs less per night than daycare costs per day. Keep in mind that pet owners usually don’t board their dogs often, while daycare is normally a regular, ongoing service. Daycare rates cover the expenses involved in maintaining a clean and safe play area for dogs to roam around in. They also cover the cost of conducting assessments for each dog and ensuring that knowledgeable and skilled staff members are around to keep an eye on dogs as they play. Pet owners can usually find special discounted rates available when they board more than one dog or sign their dogs up for other daycare services.

Requirements for Dog Daycare

Dog daycare facilities typically have certain requirements for pets. At DoGone Fun, daycare requirements include passing a temperament assessment, being spayed or neutered, having a valid dog license, and being current on vaccinations. The temperament assessment determines if dogs can safely participate in playtime with other dogs. Those who show any signs of aggression are usually not allowed to participate. Pet owners bring their dogs to our pet boarding and daycare facility to meet with one of our staff members and have a gradual introduction to our play groups.

For the other requirements, pet owners just need to show proof. We require owners to show that their dogs are current on distemper, rabies, parvovirus and bordetella or kennel cough vaccines. Pet owners also need to show evidence that their pets have had a negative fecal exam for parasites within the past 12 months, and have a valid city dog license for Chicago residents. Pet owners must also show paperwork that proves that their pets have been spayed or neutered. We require this for all dogs who are over six months old.

 

Requirements for Pet Boarding

The requirements for pet boarding and daycare are the same in general. At DoGone Fun, we’re required to have vaccine, license and parasite information under city and state laws. In addition, we ask pet owners to provide us with their dog’s microchip number. This is done just in case dogs get loose while they’re boarding. Our boarding requirements also include being spayed or neutered for dogs over six months of age and undergoing a temperament assessment for pet owners who want their dogs to participate in playtime during their stay.

What to Expect from Dog Daycare

When dogs come in for daycare, they’re typically dropped off in the morning and picked up later on in the day. Some dogs only come in for half a day, while others come in for a full day. Dogs spend their mornings and part of the afternoon playing with other dogs. Some dogs also attend short training classes during the day to help them learn basic commands and good behavior. During the afternoon, dogs have time to take a nap and recover their energy before playing again. Some dogs get a bath or other grooming services during this time. Dogs have breakfast, lunch or dinner if their pet owners request it.

What to Expect from Pet Boarding

Pet boarding and dog daycare have some of the same schedule during the day. Dogs who are boarding, and those who are in daycare, play together in the same play area. Dogs who are boarding have breakfast in the morning, then head to the play area for some fun and excitement. Those who have lunch typically eat it around noon, then have a nap in the afternoon. Boarding dogs are sometimes groomed or bathed in the afternoon as well if their owners have arranged for these services. Dogs who board have dinner between 5pm and 6pm before settling down for the night with a comfortable blanket. Some dogs enjoy a treat or Kong with goodies in it at bedtime, or some one-on-one cuddle time with a staff member.

Although pet boarding and daycare share some similarities, there are also basic differences between them that pet owners should understand. Signing dogs up for daycare isn’t the same thing as signing them up for boarding. Pet owners who need to give their dogs a place to stay around the clock need boarding services, while those who only need their dogs to spend part or all of the day away from home need dog daycare services.

This article was originally published at https://www.dogonefunchicago.com/dog-boarding/differences-between-pet-boarding-and-daycare/

 

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Guide to Pet Grooming Supplies

Grooming button on homepageGrooming your pets at home is part of making sure that they’re as healthy and happy as possible. Regular grooming at home is a must in between your pooch’s regular scheduled grooming appointment. This involves brushing them, cleaning their teeth, checking their ears, bathing them and clipping their nails. Although these tasks are relatively simple ones to do at home, it’s important to make sure that you have the right kinds of pet grooming supplies to use and that you consult your groomer for additional information that might be specific to your breed of dog, or your dog in particular. Otherwise, you could end up using a brush that could potentially damage your pet’s coat and skin or not effectively eliminate mats in your pets’ coats, or use shampoo or toothpaste that could bother your pets. Keep the following information in mind when you choose pet grooming supplies for your pets. First and foremost, never use human products on your pets without consulting either your groomer or veterinarian.

Brushes and Combs

Brushing your pet is essential to rid them of dead hair that can build up in their coats and make them look dull. This grooming task also eliminates mats and tangles or prevents them from forming in the first place. You should brush your dog on a regular basis in order to distribute your pet’s natural oils through their coats. These natural oils help their coats stay healthy and shiny. The frequency of brushing will vary depending on your the breed and length of hair of your pet. Your groomer can help you determine the necessary frequency to ensure healthy skin and coat care.

Types of Brushes and Combs

When it comes to choosing brushes for your pets, you’ll find that there are a few different types available. These include the following:

  • Bristle brush: You can use these brushes on many types of coat, but it’s important to make sure you choose one that’s right for your pets. These brushes come in different bristle lengths and range from soft bristles to stiff ones. They also have a different amount of space between the bristles. Dogs with longer coats usually need ones that have a lot of space between the bristles and longer bristles. For longer coats, these brushes are only effective when brushing through your pet’s coat several times a week.
  • Slicker brush: These brushes are covered with wire bristles that are highly effective at getting rid of tangled fur or mats and are the most popular brushes for use on pet coats rather than show coats
  • Wire-pin brush: Some of these brushes have rubber tips, while others have bare tips. Wire-pin brushes are typically used on dogs that have medium or long coats or dogs that have thicker coats or curly ones.
  • Rubber Curry or “Zoom Groom” brushes: These are rubber brushes with rows of rubber “teeth” or nubs that facilitate grabbing and removal of dead coat.
  • Wide-toothed comb: These combs have teeth that are widely spaced and are typically made from metal or plastic. You can use these combs on any coat to get rid of dead hair, especially when your pets are shedding.

Please Note: Not all tools are created equally. Many of the less expensive tools actually cause micro damage to your pet’s skin and coet. The professionals at Dogone Fun can explain how and guide you in your tool selection.

Which Brush to Use with Different Coat Types

The kind of brush or brushes you’ll need for your pets depends on the type of coats they have.

  • Short coats with short hair: For dogs with this type of coat, the most effective and safest to use is the rubber or “zoom groom” brush. You can also choose a bristle brush that has less space between bristles. The bristle brush you choose should also have bristles that are short and either soft or medium.
  • Short coats with wiry hair: For dogs that have this kind of coat, you should use a slicker brush to get rid of mats and a bristle brush with firm bristles that have less space between them.
  • Medium or long coats: For dogs with this type of coat, you should choose a wire-pin brush and a slicker brush to eliminate mats. You can also use a bristle brush that has long and soft or medium bristles that have more space between them.
  • Thin coat: For dogs that have a thin coat, use a wire-pin brush and a slicker brush to get rid of tangles.
  • Thick outer coat and a softer undercoat: For dogs with this type of coat, choose a bristle brush that has firm bristles that are longer and have more space between them. You should also use a slicker brush to prevent or get rid of mats. You can also use a wire-pin brush on this type of coat. There are also several types of undercoat rakes designed to help eliminate profuse undercoat. See your grooming professional for selection on proper use of these tools.

Bath Supplies

Before giving your pets a bath, gather the supplies you’ll need and have them nearby where you can easily reach them. If you’ve already picked out brushes and combs, keep those close, so you can brush and comb your pets before putting them in the bath. This gets rid of dead hair and mats, making it easier to shampoo your pets’ coats. You’ll also need your brushes and combs after your pets are done with their bath. Other pet grooming supplies for baths to have on hand include:

  • Towels for drying your pets off after their bath
  • Treats if they need to be coaxed over to the tub for their bath
  • Shampoo to keep your pets’ coats looking clean and shiny
  • Non-slip mat in the tub if you don’t have one already

Choosing Pet Shampoo

Pet shampoos are different from shampoos for people. When you’re choosing these products for your pets, make sure you get the pet friendly kind. Shampoos that are made for people shouldn’t be used on pets, since they can cause skin irritation. What kind of shampoo should you use? You’ll find a variety to choose from, including scented products and ones that are designed to provide specific results, such as whiter fur. Unfortunately, many pet shampoos and conditioners contain ingredients that are can create less than healthy conditions for your pet’s skin and coat, especially when used regularly. It is best to seek guidance from your pet professional when choosing these products. However, keep the following in mind when you’re choosing shampoo:

  • Normal skin and hair: Dogs with no skin or hair problems or sensitivities can use regular dog shampoo.
  • Puppies: Puppies usually have skin that’s more sensitive, so look for a mild, tearless shampoo, preferably made for puppies.
  • Dry skin and hair: Dogs with dry skin and hair need shampoos that have a moisturizing effect. Look for shampoos with oatmeal to help soothe dry, irritated skin.
  • Skin problems: Dogs with allergies, hot spots, fleas or other problems might need medicated shampoo to clear up these skin issues and ease symptoms or eliminate flea infestations. DO NOT USE THESE PRODUCTS WITHOUT PROFESSIONAL SUPERVISION.
  • White coat: White coats can end up looking dull at times. Look for dog shampoos specially made for brightening white coats.
  • Odor: Using dog shampoos that are scented can help prevent pet odor. Just keep in mind that you might want to avoid using these pet grooming supplies on dogs with sensitive skin.
  • As a rule, find products that contain fewer ingredients and as natural or organic as possible.

Ear Cleaning Supplies

When you’re picking out pet grooming supplies, don’t overlook ear cleaning supplies. Keeping your pets’ ears clean on a regular basis helps lower the risk of ear infections, which can spread deeper inside the ear and lead to hearing problems. You should check your dogs’ ears for signs of infection regularly, such as wax build up, redness and odor. If you see your dogs scratching or rubbing their ears, this can also indicate an infection. Although all dogs should have their ears cleaned, keep in mind that dogs with floppy ears are more at risk of having debris build up in their ears than dogs with erect ears.

Choosing Ear Cleaning Supplies

You don’t need a lot of pet grooming supplies for cleaning your pet’s ears. In general, you’ll need to look for the following supplies:

  • Cleaning solution: Cleaning solutions let you get to areas of the ear that are harder to reach. You can squirt drops of these solutions into the ear rather than sticking a pad or other cleaning items in it.
  • Cleaning pads: Cleaning pads or cotton balls with a cleaning solution on them can be used to prevent or get rid of bacteria and other debris in the ear. When cleaning, don’t put anything deep into your dog’s ears. You should NEVER use a Q-tip or clean farther than what you can see with your own eyes.

Dental Supplies

Dogs remove food particles from their teeth when they chew and lick, but not all particles come off. That’s why it’s important to keep your dog’s teeth clean on a regular basis. Doing so reduces the risk of tooth problems and gum disease that can put your pet’s health at risk. Your pet’s teeth should be maintained a minimum of 3 times per week to be effective. When you’re choosing pet grooming supplies for teeth cleaning, keep the following in mind:

  • Toothpaste: Look for toothpaste that’s made for dogs instead of getting human toothpaste, which can give dogs an upset stomach.
  • Toothbrush: Dogs should have a toothbrush that’s designed for dogs rather than regular toothbrushes for people. Look for a toothbrush that’s the right size for your pet’s mouth. The bristles should be soft, so that they don’t hurt your pet’s gums, but they should also be firm enough to clean food particles off teeth and prevent plaque from building up.
  • Dental toys and chews: For extra care for your pet’s teeth, look for dental toys and chews that are designed to clean off plaque and tartar.
  • Dental sprays: Liquids formulated to help keep tartar under control.

Nail Trimmers

Nail trimmers are pet grooming supplies that are also needed for a healthy, happy pet. Dogs with long nails can have trouble walking and can get their overgrown nails caught on fabric and other materials. All you need for caring for your pet’s nails is a set of nail trimmers. You should use these to trim your pet’s nails when they’re long enough to reach the floor.

Types of Nail Trimmers

When you’re choosing pet grooming supplies for nail care, you can pick from a few different types. The kind you get depends on how large your pet’s nails are and how thick they are.

  • Scissor nail trimmers: These clip nails off just like a pair of scissors. Scissor nail trimmers are best for dogs with large, thick nails.
  • Guillotine clippers: These hold the nail in place and clip off the tip. You can use this type of trimmer for dogs that are small or medium rather than larger dogs with bigger nails.
  • Grinder tools: For bigger dogs with thicker nails, grinder tools are another option. These grind the tips of nails down a little at a time.

PLEASE, seek guidance and training from your pet professional prior to purchasing and using these tools. Used incorrectly can cause great pain and “fear” that can stay with a pet for it’s entire life.

Once you have all of the right pet grooming supplies for your pets, you can get started on grooming them in the comfort of your own home. If you run into any problems or need help with any of these tasks, keep in mind that you can bring your pets to professional pet groomers.

This article was originally published at https://www.dogonefunchicago.com/dog-grooming/guide-to-pet-grooming-supplies/

 

Grooming Through The Winter Months

Bathing a dog Golden RetrieverGrooming your dog is something you should do all year round, but you might need to make slight changes to how you do it depending on the season. Cold winter weather can affect your dog in different ways than hot summer weather, so it’s important to understand more about winter grooming.

Winter vs. Summer Grooming

Summer is a common time for pet owners to give their dogs a shorter haircut. While it might seem like you should skip grooming in winter in order to help your dog stay warmer, this can lead to unpleasant results. A dog’s coat can get matted when it isn’t properly cared for with regular grooming. If this happens, your dog might end up having to get a shorter haircut during the winter months. These shorter haircuts make it harder for dogs to stay warm when they’re out in the cold.

During winter, dogs can also develop dry, irritated skin. If your dog experiences these seasonal skin problems, you might need to switch to moisturizing products rather than regular ones. In summer, your dog’s skin is not likely to be as prone to dryness.

Importance of Regular Grooming

Making sure that your dog’s skin and coat are cared for throughout the year, including winter time, helps keep their coat in good condition. This can reduce the risk of health issues, such as skin irritation that can lead to skin infections. Keep in mind that your dog’s nails are also more likely to grow longer in winter. During summer, longer walks on dry pavement help keep your dog’s nails trimmed. Shorter walks on snowy or icy pavement don’t offer this same benefit. Winter grooming should include trimming your dog’s nails to prevent them from getting too long, which puts your dog at risk of having them tear and makes walking more uncomfortable.

Winter Grooming Basics

During the winter, coat and skin care for dogs generally includes using hydrating products that provide plenty of moisture or soothing products, such as dog shampoo that contains oatmeal. This helps combat the drying effects of winter air. While dogs usually don’t get haircuts as often in winter, regular brushing and combing is important in order to reduce the risk of mats and tangles. Dogs with longer coats still need to have them trimmed a bit in order to keep their coat as healthy and shiny as possible.

This article was originally published at https://www.dogonefunchicago.com/dog-grooming/grooming-through-the-winter-months/

 

How Can I Keep My Dog Sociable In The Winter?

Dog kissing ownerStaying social is important for dogs, but this can be a challenge in the winter. Thankfully, there are ways to make sure your dog gets plenty of interaction with other dogs during this time of year.

Benefits of Being Social

Dogs need to be able to spend time with other dogs in order to build healthy socialization skills. Some dogs end up becoming fearful or aggressive around unfamiliar dogs if they’re not around other dogs much in general. Giving dogs plenty of chances to socialize helps them become more comfortable around other dogs. They learn how to behave appropriately while playing and interacting with other dogs.

Being social also provides dogs with opportunities to stay mentally stimulated while also getting physical activity. When dogs run around and play with other dogs, they’re burning off mental and physical energy, which helps reduce the risk of boredom. Dogs can develop behavioral problems, such as chewing household items, when they’re bored and don’t have enough mental and physical stimulation.

Ways to Stay Social in Winter

Although socializing offers important benefits for dogs, it’s not always easy to find ways to do this in winter. When it’s cold and snowy out, you’re not likely to find other dogs and dog owners at the local dog park. If it’s really cold, you also have to limit the amount of time your dog spends outside for safety reasons.

DoGone Fun provides convenient ways for you to make sure your dog stays social this winter. Our doggy daycare services offer a safe place for your dog to play with other dogs throughout the season. This is a great option if you have to work all day and can’t be around your dog. At doggy daycare, your dog can spend several hours a day interacting with other dogs in a supervised setting. No matter what the weather’s like outside, your dog will be able to socialize all season long.

You can also rent the playroom at DoGone Fun on Sundays from 12:30 to 2:30 pm for special events. Whether you want to throw your dog a birthday party, schedule a play date or host a group event, you can rent the indoor playroom to provide dogs with a warm, dry area to burn off energy. When you rent this space, you’ll also have a staff member on hand to keep the dogs entertained with fun and games.

This article was originally posted at https://www.dogonefunchicago.com/dog-daycare/how-can-i-keep-my-dog-sociable-in-the-winter/

 

It’s A Great Time To Train Your Dog

dog training-4Obedience training isn’t just about getting your dog to listen to different commands. It also offers other benefits for your dog’s well-being, such as a chance to work on socialization. Learn more about why this is an ideal time to sign your dog up for training classes.

Benefits of Socialization

All dogs need to be socialized in order to help them learn to handle new situations and unfamiliar people, dogs and other animals calmly. During training classes, dogs have many opportunities to become used to being around other dogs and people in a safe environment. These opportunities allow your dog to adapt to new surroundings while exhibiting appropriate behavior rather than acting fearful or aggressive. Building these skills means that your dog will behave properly in all kinds of settings and situations.

Behavioral Problems

Dogs that don’t get enough opportunities to be around other dogs and learn how to behave properly can develop behavioral problems. These problems can also occur when dogs are bored and aren’t given chances to burn off energy. Dogs that don’t get out enough can end up chewing shoes, doors and other items in the home in order to relieve frustration and boredom. They might urinate or defecate indoors even though they’ve been house trained. Other behavioral problems that can develop include barking excessively and exhibiting timid or aggressive behavior around other dogs or people, such as growling, snarling or lunging. Keep in mind that fearful or aggressive dogs can be a danger to other pets and people.

Training Classes

DoGone Fun offers training classes to help dogs learn commands while also providing opportunities for them to interact with other dogs in a safe, supervised setting. Having dogs attend these classes lowers the risk of having behavioral problems develop. This can make your pet more pleasant to be around in general, which can make the bond between you stronger. Keep in mind that you can also rent the training room at DoGone Fun for your personal use during mornings and some evenings.

Agility Classes

Dogs that are already well-trained can benefit from taking agility classes at DoGone Fun. These classes provide a fun and challenging way for dogs to test their skills and learn new ones, which provides both mental and physical stimulation. Agility classes give dogs a great way to burn off energy while also spending time with other dogs.

This article was originally posted at https://www.dogonefunchicago.com/dog-training/its-a-great-time-to-train-your-dog/

Dog Walking Etiquette 101: The Do’s and Don’ts

woman walking her dog.jpgGoing for walks gives dogs a chance to get some physical activity while also exploring their surroundings. When you’re out with your dog, it’s important to make sure that these walks are pleasant for you, your dog and anyone you encounter along the way. Keep the following dog walking etiquette rules in mind.

Do: Pick Up After Your Dog

Dogs normally stop at some point to relieve themselves during walks. When your dog leaves feces on the grass or sidewalk during your walks, make sure that you have bags available to clean these messes up. Leaving them behind is considered highly inconsiderate, since someone could accidentally step in them.

Don’t: Let Your Dog Bother Other People

Although you might think the world of your dog, don’t assume that everyone else does as well. When you go for walks, keep your dog close to you rather than letting him wander far in front of you. This is especially important if you know that you have a dog who tends to get excited and jump on or lick people. Having your dog close to you means that you’ll have an easier time preventing your dog from bothering others.

Do: Keep Your Dog on a Leash

Letting your dog roam free during your walk could lead to a disaster, especially if you go for walks on busy city streets. Even the most well-behaved dogs sometimes act unpredictably and take off. Your dog could end up getting hurt, getting lost or accidentally hurting someone else. Leave the unleashed outdoor time for when you’re at your local dog park or doggy day care center for playtime.

Don’t: Allow Yourself to Get Distracted

Making sure that your dog stays safe and doesn’t get into trouble or dangerous situations is your responsibility as a dog owner. When you’re out for walks, pay close attention to your dog at all times. This helps ensure that you’ll be able to react quickly if something happens, such as your dog getting too close to a nervous or unfriendly dog or trying to eat something questionable that he finds on the ground.

DoGoneFun! Has a staff of dog walkers that DO follow proper dog walking etiquette. IN the South Loop, you can schedule regular walks or you can have one of our walkers take your place when you aren’t available to walk with your pup.

This article was originally published at  https://www.dogonefunchicago.com/dog-walkers/dog-walking-etiquette-101-the-dos-and-donts/

 

Local Dog Parks Near The South Loop

three dogs at a dog parkChicago offers a number of local dog parks  where dogs can burn off energy and socialize. Learn more about some of these parks, so you can plan your next outing with your pup.

Grant Bark Park

Located on Columbus Drive and 11th Street, this 18,000 square foot park is fully enclosed and features drinking fountains for pets and people.

Fred Anderson Park

This dog park on S. Wabash Ave. also provides dogs with 18,000 square feet of space to play. There’s also a separate area for small dogs, as well as water features and fountains.

Logan Square Dog Park

This newer dog park is located on N. Western Ave. near the Kennedy Expressway. The park features drinking fountains for dogs and separate play areas for large and small dogs, as well as benches for dog owners who need a rest.

Ohio Place Dog Park

Ohio Place Dog Park is the place to go if you have a larger breed. This park provides bigger dogs with a lot of space to roam around and stay active. Since there aren’t any water fountains at this park, you should bring water with you.

Ohio Street Dog Park

This is a triangular-shaped park that gives dogs plenty of room to run around or play with other dogs. Located on Kingsbury St., this park doesn’t have water fountains, so you’ll need to bring water for your pup.

Skinner Bark Park

Located on W. Monroe, this former parking lot now offers over 17,000 square feet of space for dogs to run around in. Skinner Bark Park includes water for dogs, but keep in mind that you’ll have to bring your own bags for cleaning up after them.

The Park at Lakeshore East

This is a smaller and somewhat more secluded dog park that offers over 6,000 square feet of space. This dog park uses specially designed K9 grass to provide a safe and comfortable surface for dogs.

Wiggly Field

Wiggly Field, located on W. National St. in Reed-Keppler Park, is a park that includes a separate area for smaller dogs to play. The park also has dog agility equipment.

Dog parks are great fun for everyone. However, sometimes, it’s rainy, muddy, cold and can be generally miserable for the humans. So on days when you can’t take the dog to playgroup, but still want them to have fun and get their energy out, consider bringing them to dog daycare for ½ or full days.

This was originally posted at https://www.dogonefunchicago.com/owning-a-dog/south-loop-chicago-dog-parks/