City life can be amazing. Your home is close to dining, shopping, concerts, and events. That’s one of the great things about living in Central Phoenix – everything is right there for you. And you never run out of things to do. But what about dogs? If you’ve got a four-legged friend with lots of energy, you need some green grass and a game plan. That’s what makes The Village at North Glen so special. Our new home community is in the heart of Phoenix, surrounded by 5 different dog parks! That means your fur baby has places to run, play, and socialize.

When choosing a dog park, you need the basics. A good dog park has grass, shade, fences, and water stations. Many have seating, poop bags and trash cans – as well as bathrooms for the pet owners. The best parks also include separate sections for large and small dogs.

If you’re new to the dog park scene, here are a few tips for optimizing your experience.

  • Come prepared. Although many dog parks provide water, bags, and trash cans, it’s never a bad idea to keep a few supplies in your car. A couple of grocery bags and a gallon of water should be sufficient. And bring a plastic dog dish or Tupperware container to fill with water.
  • Life is messy. Expect dirt, grass, mud, and lots of other wonderful messes that will end up on your dog’s paws (or yours). A change of shoes, a washcloth, and a towel to lay across your car seat might prove useful after a day at the park.
  • Yes, you need a leash. Once you’re inside the gated area, your dog can run free. But a leash will come in handy when leading your dog to/from the parking lot. No matter how well-trained and obedient your dog is, it’s important to maintain the ability to remove your pup from any canine skirmishes that may arise. And it’s also the law.
  • Keep it clean. Most people do a great job of cleaning up after their dogs. Don’t be the person who doesn’t. Plain and simple.
  • Keep an eye on things. There’s a difference between running free and running wild. Be sure to keep an eye on your little buddy in case any doggie drama develops. Whether it’s dog fights or dog romance you’ll want to be close enough to remove your dog when necessary.
  • Dress for the occasion. You’re dealing with dirt, mud, water, grass, and dog hair – maybe not the best environment for high heels or silk suits. Casual dress is best, but a little bit of style couldn’t hurt. Before you throw on that t-shirt with the holes in it, remember this: The dogs aren’t the only ones there to socialize…

Here’s a listing of dog parks close to The Village at North Glen, and their ratings on Google:

PetSmart Dog Park (4.4 stars)
2 miles away
6655 N 23rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85015
Open 6:30am-10:00pm

Rose Mofford Dog Park (4.5 stars)
3.7 miles away
9833 N 25th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021
Open 6:30am-10:00pm

Northern Horizon Park (4.2 stars)
5 miles away
W Northern Ave & N 63rd Ave, Glendale, AZ 85302
Open 6:30am-10:00pm

Sahuaro Ranch Dog Park (4.3 stars)
6.4 miles away
9901 N 63rd Ave, Glendale, AZ 85302
Open 5am-10pm

Steele Indian School Park (4.5 stars)
6.9 miles away
300 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012
Open 6:00am-10:00pm