Spring is here and the weather is warming up! It’s the perfect time to take your dog out to the park, stretch their legs and have a great time. We have a few great suggestions for getting out with your pup.
If your dog is good with dog parks we have a couple recommendations: Jeffrey Fontana Park in Almaden Valley is one of our favorites. It has a nice big area for larger dogs with water, plenty of pooper scoopers and the small dog area is great as well, also with water. Many pet parents leave toy donations here and the dogs just love playing with the toys. Another dog park we recommend is Miyuki dog park (which according to the website was San Jose’s first dog park!) This one is smaller with only one play area for both big and small dogs, but it is well maintained, has water, plenty of places for humans to sit and a nice grassy area just outside the gate. (Note: the website says no fountains available, but we can attest that there is water). If you live in Los Gatos, we also like the Los Gatos Creek Dog Park. This park has water, pooper scoopers, separate areas for small and big dogs and is well maintained. If you want to spoil your pup, one of the best parks around is located in the Morgan Hill Community Park at 171 West Edmundson. This park is huge with lots of grass, space to run, plenty of water, pooper scoopers and separate areas for large and small dogs. This is a great place to let your pup run till their heart's content, plus the added bonus of a small lake populated by duck.
Santa Clara County has plenty of beautiful locations to take your dogs hiking as well. Linked below is the guide of Dog Hikes around the Peninsula and South Bay from the Open Space Trust. A few of our local favorites include the Los Gatos Creek trail which is a very easy, paved winding trail that has many trailhead openings along its path. Plenty of doggy bag stations but do bring water. If you’re up for a challenge, Almaden/Quicksilver is a beautiful hike through the hills of Old Almaden and you may just learn some fascinating history about the area too. If you’re up for driving up 280 north for a bit, Arastradero Preserve is a lovely hiking spot that is not too difficult to traverse. But do bring bags and fill up your water bottle at the trailhead. As with all hiking spots, please keep your dog on leash. Many of these lovely hikes are also open to equestrians, and horses can be spooked by a dog approaching them. This can endanger your dog, you, the rider and the horse. Remember, always yield to horses when on the trail; that is not just me saying that, it is proper tail etiquette.
So if you’re ready to get your pup out for some fresh air, there are a plethora of options just right outside your front door or a short drive down the freeway. Take advantage of this beautiful area we live in. Right now the hills are green, the air is fresh and the weather is perfect! Get out there and enjoy.
San Jose Dog Parks
Los Gatos Dog Park
Jennifer, CPPS has loved caring for animals since childhood, and she’s had quite a few throughout the years. From cats to dogs, to birds, hamsters, fish, guinea pigs, and even a horse; she’s had more four-legged family members than two legged ones!