Happy Earth Day! It’s going to be a rainy day in Northern Virginia today, so Luna and I probably won’t get the chance to take the long walk we want. Instead, I am going to reminisce about our last trip to a local dog park in Arlington, Virginia.

Shirlington Dog Park is fenced in dog park that runs along Four Mile Run. It is bigger than most dog parks I have been to in the past and has a unique long and skinny shape. The park itself has a walking trail, open areas, and wooded areas for a nice mixture of environments.

Luna at Shirlington Dog Park

There are three main entrances to the park as well as an area specific for puppies and small dogs. There is also access to the nearby stream if you want to take your dog for a swim. Just be careful of the risks that might be involved!

Luna explores Four Mile Run near Shirlington Dog Park

The park is also walking distance from the Village at Shirlington, which offers many restaurants with pet friendly patios, and the W&OD trail.

Many pet related business are also nearby like a dog wash station, doggy day care and more!

Dog wash store nearby Shirlington Dog Park

Luna enjoys a water break at Shirlington Dog Park

I love this dog park because we are able to practice recall and get some exercise while walking from one end of the park to the other. Luna also enjoys spending time off leash and interacting with other dogs. Sometimes she gets overwhelmed with all the excitement and we have to take a break.

Luna has a blast at Shirlington Dog Park

Luna makes a friend at Shirlington Dog Park

In general, I have been impressed with the people who are visiting the park. There will always be exceptions, but everyone seems to really care for their pets and follow the dog park rules. I have heard plenty of dog park horror stories and strong reasons against them that I was scared to give it a try, but I am happy we did! It has really worked well for us as an opportunity for Luna to run around off leash.

Dogs walking with style at Shirlington Dog Park

Dogs playing together at Shirlington Dog Park

What dog park tips do you have?

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Jessica Shipman

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Jessica Shipman is a bargain hunter, food lover, and software engineer figuring out how to be a pet parent for the first time. Jessica has been a long time lover of all animals (especially llamas and manatees) and is happy that she can finally combine that love with technology.
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  • Emma

    Looks nice with the fresh water to play in and all the businesses around there.

  • Amanda Yantos

    Sounds like a gorgeous dog park!!! We have some beautiful ones in AZ as well, complete with doggy lakes! Typically the people are really nice, have well behaved dogs and clean up after themselves but you’re right, there are always exceptions. Btw, I am totally jealous of your rain!

  • travelanimalDr

    What a great park! Thank you for sharing. My husband and I may have to take Jade there for a visit.

    • beaglesbargains

      I hope you have fun!

  • That looks like an awesome park! It kind of reminds me of the one we went to when we visited Seattle a few years ago!

  • How great to find a good dog park. We recently got a new one in town and so far, the people and dogs there are great!

  • I would love to have a park like that nearby – that’s just amazing. And to have a self wash doggie bath close by is even better. Hopefully we’ll catch up here soon with the idea of what makes a decent dog park – for now locally we just have a few acre fenced in lots. Which is fine – but since Laika tends to get overexcited it generally causes more chaos. I’d love to find a bigger dog park.

    • beaglesbargains

      Unfortunately it is a bit of a drive (30 minutes) to get here, but we make a day out of it, so it works!

  • Dolly the Doxie

    Now that’s a dog park! Ours are just fenced in areas with gravel! Well, except for the dog beach. So glad you get to enjoy it. Love Dolly

  • HuskyCrazed

    WOW!!!! Sounds like a blast!!!!

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  • This looks like the most fun ever! I love to stop at the self-wash on our way home too!

  • What a wonderful way for dogs to spend Earth Day! I would give anything to see my dog Valentino off-leash in a dog park environment. None at all nearby.

    • beaglesbargains

      That’s no good!

  • Cathy C Bennett

    Did you get rain where you are – we didn’t. Jax had a vet appointment so we stayed in the neighborhood.

    • beaglesbargains

      It did a little. Not as much as predicted and a bit earlier too!

  • Richmond’s dog parks are seriously wanting. We have some hiking trails nearby that work, though, just not offleash. I’m jealous of that stream!

  • Entrepreneurial Goddess

    Hello there.

    Luna sure is a cutie and I love to see well-behaved dogs! It’s nice that you took along a water bottle for her too…shows you care! The photos are great!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Entrepreneurial Goddess

    • beaglesbargains

      Bringing water when you travel with your dog is very important!

  • You take such fab pictures and it looks like a fun day!

    • beaglesbargains

      Thanks! 🙂 It was!

  • It looks like Luna had a lot of fun!

  • Helga

    Now that I’m moving to a more urban area I need to research dog parks in my area. My tip is make sure the other dogs are friendly before letting yours loose. I have seen some bad dog behavior at a dog park.

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