Best Dog Parks in Brevard County Florida

by on January 17th, 2011
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Responsible dog owners know the importance of frequently socializing their dog as well as offering ample opportunity for exercise. When considering your dog’s emotional stability and physical well being these two routines are essential.

Brevard county plays host to many dog parks and because of Florida’s excellent weather and increased dog population, these canine play areas have become exceedingly popular. Pet parents favor dog parks for a variety reasons but there are some facilities that simply stand out as the best.

Wickham Park Off Leash Dog Park

Wickham Park is located in the city of Melbourne, Florida and is adjacent to the Brevard Community College campus. Wickham Park Dog Park requires all guests to have a current health record verifying their dog’s vaccinations. Attending dog’s must also be licensed and wearing a collar and tag to offer as proof. Visitors to the area are welcome but they must be licensed from the city or state in which they reside. For added safety against health risks, park officials ask that your dog use the bathroom prior to entering facility. All patrons should come prepared to remove excremate in case of an accident. This facility provides a cordoned off area to separate small dogs from the larger ones ensuring a safe social experience for you and your dog. Many visitors to Wickham Park Dog Park bring clean-up materials because this location tends to be a bit more dirt ridden than most. Covering the seats in the rear of your car is also helpful. This facility is unattended and is open from 7:00 a.m. to dusk.

Lori Wilson Off-Leash Dog Park

The Lori Wilson Dog Park is located in Cocoa Beach and is adjacent to the shore. This is a favorite park for pet parents because of the beautiful ocean view, but also because the ground is grass and sand making clean up a breeze. All dogs must be licensed and current with shot records. The dog park area is 32,000 square feet and is separated in large and small dog zones. There are plenty of trees for shade allowing dogs to take a break from the heat. Lori Wilson Dog Park rules and regulations stipulate that you never bring a dog that is in heat, or a puppy under 4 months of age, to the dog park. Since the Lori Wilson Dog Park is adjacent to the public beach park you can rinse your dog in a shower prior to getting into the car. Dogs must be on leash outside of the dog park area and no choke collars are allowed. This facility is unattended and is open from 7:00 a.m. to dusk.

Palm Bay Regional Park Off-Leash Dog Park

Palm Bay’s Dog Park is located inside the Palm Bay Regional Park. This dog socialization area is 40,000 square feet of grass and is owned and operated by Brevard County Parks and Recreation. There are separate fenced in sections for small and large dogs. All dogs must be licensed and display an up-to-date dog tag. A recent health record validating shots is also required. Dogs must be on leash prior to entering or exiting the park. No park personnel are on duty but the dog park is surrounded by Palm Bay’s municipal park so there are county employees available. Dog handlers must be physically able to control their dogs and any dog that shows even the slightest sign of aggression must be removed immediately. Dogs have to be leashed prior to and upon exiting the dog park’s fenced in area. Dog leashes must be 6 feet or less and no retractable leashes are permitted. The park is open from 7:00 a.m. to dusk.

Most reputable dog parks ask that you do not bring your dog to socialize if he has any sort of contagious health issues. In consideration for other patrons your pup should be free of fleas and ticks.
Some dog parks have water available, but it is always a good idea to bring a your own supply. The Florida heat is especially arduous for a dog and it is best not to take any chances.

Brevard County Parks and Recreation, Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, It Starts in the Park. www.brevardparks.com. Revised 13 July 2011, Assessed 2 Mar 2012 Brevard County at a Glance, “Dog Parks”, Brevard County Chamber of Commerce 1 Jan 2012, pg.26 Cesar Millan, Cesar’s Way, Training, Exercise. www.cesarsway.com 2012, assessed 2 Mar 2012


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