The weather is perfect for being outdoors with your favorite furry friend. Here are some of my favorite dog friendly places in New Jersey.
Dog Beach – 391 Third Avenue, Manasquan, NJ.
I am a beach person, so this is hands down my favorite location for Maggie, Molly and myself. Maggie can be quite sensitive to swimming, some may even call her hydrophobic. When it’s time to hop in the pool at my in-laws, she simply will not have it, but at the inlet in Manasquan she will join the other dogs and play in the water.
The water here is shallow and gets deep very gradually. This is ideal for dog play, especially for a dog that is uncomfortable with water. The dogs all run out along the water and play fetch, chase each other, and have a great time. Then, when you are ready to relax, bring your tired dog back up on the sand, kick your beach chair back and soak up the sun.
This used to be a main attraction of Friday Fun Days, but unfortunately (or fortunately) my clientele has grown so much that I simply have too many dogs to take to the beach on Friday, or some would miss out on their Fun Day. If you would like your dog to get a chance to make it the beach, I may open up very limited slots for weekend visits. E-mail me for more information or to reserve a slot.
When headed into the summer heat, remember your tips on how to identify and treat heat exposure in dogs.
The Jersey Shore (October 1st – April 30th) – Belmar, NJ
During the off season, just about any beach in New Jersey becomes ‘dog friendly.’ If you want your dog to truly experience the ocean and it’s waves, go during those dates.
This past April, Steph and I took Maggie (we didn’t have Molly yet) and Sophie to Belmar, NJ. The dogs loved it, and it was great to walk the beach with them.
You’ll be surprised how many dogs you see if you go. It’s a popular spot in the off season for dog lovers and you are sure to make a lot of friends.
Sourland Mountain Preserve – Hillsborough, NJ
If you are currently signed up for a weekly walk package, then your dog has definitely seen this place.
Sourland mountain offers miles of trails through a beautiful forest landscape. It actually comprises the largest contiguous forest in NJ, approximately 90 square miles!
At Sourland there is a wide variety of landscape to see. You cross over wooden boardwalks, run along side streams, climb tall rock faces, and finish up at the bottom with a large lake where your dog can take a swim.
For the outdoorsman(or woman) this a great place to go with your pup.
Learn more about the preserve here: http://www.somersetcountyparks.org/parksfacilities/sourland/sourlandmtpreserve.html
Downtown Princeton – Princeton, NJ
So maybe you are not a beach person and you don’t love the outdoors. Princeton offers a dog friendly environment in a more urban setting.
You can visit the fountain, take a stroll through the scenic Princeton University, and stop in at many pet friendly store fronts.
This can make a great date night for couples who have a dog they don’t want to leave at home. Steph and I have, on many occasions, taken our pups out to Princeton and enjoyed an evening out.
One great option for lunch or dinner is Witherspoon Grill. They not only have a delicious menu, they also have a great outdoor area that is dog friendly.
If your dog is not socialized, this may not be the best option. If you would like help in preparing your dog for a downtown stroll through Prinecton, feel free to contact me for training options.
These are just a few of my favorite spots in New Jersey. If your favorite didn’t make the list, feel free to post in the comments. It is possible that I will create a “part two list” of my favorite locations in the future.