When I first moved to London from the continent, I was very impressed by the fact that, in most parks, dogs could run off-leash. That is great if you have a very-well-trained and obedient dog. But what if your dog is not yet there (because maybe has a high drive, a bad recall, does not get along well with other dogs), or simply the park overlooks busy roads and you don’t want to take any risks?
Having a dog with a high drive myself (despite our continuous training), I could not trust Argo off-leash in open parks. So I began looking for enclosed dog exercise areas and mapping them out. I will tell you more about it in this blog post!
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Mapping out London dog exercise areas
The first thing I found when I started looking for enclosed dog areas, was a Facebook page listing fenced dog areas across the UK. Unfortunately, the map was not comprehensive and no entries were shown for the London area.
So I decided to develop my own research project.
Mapping out London dog exercise areas took quite a long time. When I commenced, over a year ago, I thought that the job would have been quite straightforward. My expectations suddenly changed when I initiated my first online searches. For many Boroughs, official information was not available online, in other cases I soon noticed that it was out of date, so I could not rely on what I found. Other online sources were scattered, incomplete and completely unsatisfactory.
So I structured my research plan in three phases:
1. Information collection
First of all, I collected all information I could retrieve both online and from pleople I knew, and I then contacted each London Borough to confirm the existence and location of any enclosed dog areas.
2. Field work
In the second phase I personally went and visited each dog area I had on my list, in order to check that the information was accurate, add more details, and take pictures. Until today, I visited over 35 dog areas all around London and counting.
Of course Argo has been very enthusiastic about this project, having accompanied me to most of the dog exercise areas I have visited! He plays The Londog’s official dog areas tester and every time he has a blast!
Finding a close by dog exercise area
Starting from December 2016, I will share with you my reviews of the dog parks in a chosen area, providing you with all the useful information for you to assess whether they are worth paying a visit with your dog. You can find a list on the reviews published so far BELOW in this post.
I hope that this will help all dog owners that do not feel confident in leaving their dogs off-leash in open areas and make their lives easier!
I am always very glad to hear about your own experience and any comments you may have! So feel free to leave a comment below or get in touch at hello(at)thelondog.com!
Dog Exercise Areas in London
reviews published so far:
West London Dog Areas
South Park is a lovely park located off Peterborough Road, in the Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, at a convenient distance from Parsons Green [READ MORE]
Hurlingam Park (SW6) ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Hurlingam Park is located in Fulham and the nearest tube station is Putney Bridge. It has a large dog area [READ MORE]
South London Dog Areas
The quiet St Giles Churchyard is situated off Camberwell Church Street and hosts a large dog area which also has a picnic table [READ MORE]
Pasley Park (SE17) ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Pasley Park is located off Chapter Road in Walworth and hosts three dog exercise areas of various sizes [READ MORE]
NEW! Just added to the website: 12 South London dog areas reviews
East London Dog Areas
Sir John McDougalls Gardens (E14) ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
If you walk around Canary Wharf and you are looking for a fenced dog park, you can find and enjoy a dog exercise area in Sir John McDougalls Gardens [READ MORE]
Higham Hill Recreation Ground (E17) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Higham Hill Recreation Ground, which is located in Waltham Forest, hosts a humongous and well mantained dog exercise area [READ MORE]
North London Dog Areas
Camden Square Gardens (NW1) ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Camden Square Gardens host a 1,811 square meters large well maintained dog exercise area. [READ MORE]
Judd Street Open Space (WC1H) ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Judd Street Open Space hosts a 690 square meters enclosed dog exercise area [READ MORE]
Kilburn Grange Park (NW6) ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
The dog exercise area of Kilburn Grange Park develops in lenght and measures 823 square meters [READ MORE]
Purchese Street Open Space (NW1) ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Purchese Street Open Space’s dog exercise area appeared one of the worst maintained we have visited [READ MORE]
Central London Dog Areas
NEW on the blog! Reviews of 4 fully enclosed dog parks in Central London [READ MORE]