What Are the Best Dog Parks in Columbus, Ohio?


Does your beloved pet have cabin fever? We understand the feeling! In Ohio, it can seem like ages until spring finally arrives. During that time, of course, your dog needs regular exercise so he can let off some energy. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of activities you can do with your dog—both inside and outdoors—so you can keep your pet happy and healthy.

Is It Too Cold to Take My Dog Outside?

This varies by breed. Most dogs do fine outdoors on days where the temperature is above 45 degrees. When temperatures are lower than 32 degrees, smaller dogs, dogs with thin coats, and young, old, or sick dogs should be kept a close eye on when outdoors.

As a general rule, all dogs are at risk of frostbite and hypothermia if the temperature’s below 20 degrees.

What Are Some Indoor Activities I Can Do to Keep My Dog Active?

Exercising your dog indoors is a bit of a challenge, but not impossible. If you have a flight of stairs, try tossing toys or treats up the steps and having your dog chase them down. You can also play tug-of-war, hide treats throughout the house (under carpets, behind doors, etc.), play fetch, or even set up obstacle courses in your home.

It’s less important what you choose to do and more important that you do something.

If those ideas don’t appeal, you can always visit an indoor dog park with your dog. For a $12 daily fee, you can take your dog to Tail Wags Playground, an indoor dog park located at 1010 W. 5th Avenue in Columbus. There you’ll find agility equipment, toys, and a separate area for dogs that are on the shier side.

What Local Dog Parks Do You Recommend When the Weather Permits?

When weather is nicer, we suggest you check out one of these outdoor parks:

  • Godown Dog Park – This is a larger dog park with separate play areas for big and small dogs. You can find this #1 Yelp-rated dog park at 6099 Godown Rd. in NW Columbus.
  • Scioto Audobon Dog Park – This park is a great option if you live downtown. It contains an obstacle course, litter bags, and gated areas for smaller and larger dogs. This dog park is at 395 W. Whittier St. in Columbus.
  • Pizzurro Dog Park – While this dog park is a little farther away in Gahanna, it’s a good option if you’re looking for a change of pace. Highly rated on Yelp, this large park offers agility equipment, a huge section for larger dogs, and a smaller play area for little dogs. You can find it at 940 Pizzurro Park Way.

Also, remember that at Beechwold Vet, we offer a number of different training courses in our 1600-square-foot training center—everything from puppy obedience classes to agility and conformation training for show dogs. Enrolling in a class during the colder months is a great way to keep your dog active and healthy. To learn more about our various training programs, click here.

Finally, we want to remind you that if your dog’s due for a checkup, you can schedule an appointment at our Columbus office by calling 614.268.8666 during normal business hours. For your convenience, we’re open until 6:30 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; 7:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 3:30 on Saturdays.