It’s becoming more and more popular for people to travel with their dogs, especially if they’re taking a road trip. As Niagara is within easy driving distance from many places in the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada, furry friends are arriving in Niagara to enjoy a vacation with their humans, and this also includes service dogs.
While many hotels in the area are dog friendly, it’s not generally ideal to ask Fido or Fluffy to wait in the hotel room all the time while the humans are out enjoying the scenery. Luckily, the Niagara area offers several ways to include your dog in fun activities, or a safe place for your pooch to stay while you’re out exploring the falls and the beautiful surrounding areas.
If you plan to travel to Niagara Falls with your dog, these are some great resources that will not only help you ensure that your dog is safe when you’re not there, but also dog friendly places that will allow your dog to join the fun.
Niagara Falls Dog Park
Located within the already existing Firemen’s Park is the Niagara Falls Dog Park. It is fully fenced and has separate areas for small and large dogs so owners of smaller dogs need not worry about their little Yorkie in a sea of Great Danes. There are benches for the humans, drinking water available for the dogs, and shaded areas.
Dogs must be up to date on their vaccinations and dogs that are ill, female dogs in heat, and dogs younger than four months of age are not permitted. The park is open from dusk until dawn, but those hours may change seasonally. Visit their website for more information.
Burgoyne Woods Dog Park
Located in St. Catherine’s, Ontario is the Burgoyne Wood Dog Park. This leash-free dog park is popular with visitors and locals alike and is a great place for your dog to run, play, and socialize with other dogs. This park also features a separate area for dogs less than 16 inches tall, so, again, you can be assured that your small dog is safe.
Typical dog park rules apply, and the owner is responsible for their dog’s behavior at all times. No puppies younger than four months are allowed, nor are sick dogs or females in heat. The larger park which incorporates the dog park is also the perfect place for a picnic or a walk, as long as your dog is leashed after leaving the dog park.
One of the most loved dog day care centers in Niagara is dogSPAw Niagara. While their specialty is grooming and they don’t offer boarding services they do offer daycare for dogs and their staff are highly trained dog lovers who are on hand to ensure your dog is entertained while you’re out sightseeing.
Dogs must be fully vaccinated and any special needs should be discussed with the staff before leaving your dog for the day.
Traveling with your dog is fun and Niagara is a great destination for dogs and their families. Consider one of these dog friendly options for your next trip.