Family time can include your furry family too

Dog parks in and around Livingston County

By Autumn J. Moricz June 27, 2023

Dog parks can be a wonderful resource for the community. These designated spaces are important because they provide areas where dogs can exercise and run freely while their owners can socialize. Different from a normal park, playground or trail it is expected for dogs to be off-leash and interact with others while at a dog park.

Spending time with your dogs at a dog park can reinforce the bond you have with your pet. Offering a secure area for dogs to play and socialize, without getting in the way of others, can put you, the dog owner, at ease. 

My family and I frequent Arise Dog Park in Pinckney. We take our 3 dogs there as well as two that I regularly dog sit. I will admit I was apprehensive about the dog park scene, at first. I am an avid dog walker. Most of my 10,000+ steps a day happen with a leash in hand. I love to explore our local trail system with our dogs, walk the neighborhood daily and walk any public paths at neighborhood parks. After my son added his Golden Retriever puppy to our pack this past December I realized our furry crew needed more.

While we take them either 2 or 3 at a time to the park they tend to break off and do their own thing, meeting all kinds of other breeds and people too! They love to run, sniff and just observe.

My kids and I, along with our dogs Nala, Zeus and Frank, look forward to visiting other parks in and around Livingston County.

If you have a park to recommend, please email me at

Arise Dog Park in Pinckney

EZ Dog Park in Howell:

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