Is the SaddleBrooke Dog Park Right for You and Your Canine Companion?

Anne Quinn-Diment

There is an old saying that rings true: “A tired dog is a good dog.”

Just like with people, when dogs have a healthy balance of physical and mental stimulation, they are apt to be happy and well-adjusted.

SaddleBrooke residents are fortunate to have a dog park located right within their community. The SaddleBrooke Dog Park (SBDP) was created to provide member dogs with a safe space to exercise off-leash and socialize. The member-funded park includes separate areas for small dogs and large dogs, as well as a fenced area for senior and other dogs who prefer less interaction.

Are you on the fence about whether the dog park is the right choice for your furry friend? The benefits:

1. Socialization: It provides an opportunity for dogs to socialize with other dogs and people, which can help improve their behavior and reduce anxiety. (It’s a great way for their humans to socialize as well!)

2. Exercise: Dogs need regular exercise to stay healthy, and the dog park has an open space for them to run and play off-leash. This is also a great alternative for owners who are not physically able to take their pups on neighborhood walks.

3. Mental stimulation: For dogs who get bored easily, the park provides mental stimulation through new sights, sounds, and smells.

4. Bonding: Spending time playing at the park can strengthen the bond between you and your dog.

5. Training: The park can be the perfect place to practice training techniques and reinforce positive behaviors. Obedience training classes are also regularly offered.

As the SaddleBrooke Dog Park is funded by member dues, there are additional benefits:

1. Safety: There are strict rules and regulations to ensure the safety of all dogs and their humans. For example, all member dogs must have proof of current rabies vaccination, and there are separate areas for small and large dogs. There is also a separate fenced area for dogs who prefer less interaction.

2. Maintained facilities: The park is well maintained by a cadre of dedicated volunteers, and upkeep is funded by member dues.

3. Community: Members get to know each other and their dogs over time, creating a strong sense of community.

While the dog park can be a great way for dogs to socialize, exercise, and have fun, it isn’t a good fit for some canines and owners. If your dog is aggressive or poorly socialized, we recommend that you work on these issues before joining the park.

The SaddleBrooke Dog Park is located at 39984 S. Sand Crest Drive at the intersection of S. Sand Crest Drive and S. Clubhouse Drive.

For membership information, contact [email protected]. For more information, visit or the SBDP Facebook page.