What's this love affair we have with our dogs?  When we got our darling bundle of fur over seven years ago, I had no idea the energy he would have.  Why didn't it occur to me that a Brittany Spaniel, bred for hunting, would need to constantly run and play? Taught me a lesson...find out all about your dog's breed, temperament and energy levels before committing to him.WagsPark Dog Park

But there's a solution if you have a dog like mine.  Give them lots of exercise...enter the concept of dog parks!  Cincinnati has been actively opening both public and private dog parks to meet the need and demand from dog lovers. 

Anderson Dog Park, 6701 Kellog Avenue, Anderson Township

A part of the Anderson Township Park District, this five acre park is near the Ohio River, close to River Downs.  The fencing is 6 feet high so your dog is completely safe and there are lots of benches for those who visit,  They charge a $45 yearly fee.

Bark Park at Miami Meadows, 1546 State Route 131, Milford

Growing in popularity, this dog park has plenty of places to "run, walk, play, sniff, scratch and lick."  There are two areas, one for large and one for small dogs.  Free.

Deerfield Dog Park in Schappacher's Park, 4686 Old Irwin Simpson Road, Mason

This is Warren County's first Dog Park. It received the "Best Dog Park" award from Cincinnati Magazine in 2003.

Ft. Thomas Dog Park, 85 Mayfield Drive, Ft. Thomas

Part of the Highland Hills Park, this dog park was a welcome addition for those that had to drive further away to allow their pets to be off leash.  Wooded setting with hills, benches and water for the dogs.

Kenton Paw, 3950 Madison Pike, Covington

This Kenton County Paw Park, within Kenton County's Pioneer Park, also has large and small dog areas with a beautiful creek setting.  Their extremely active Friends of Kenton Paw has fundraisers, including their fun calendar with pictures of visiting dogs.  They also co-sponsor a program with the Kenton County Public Library where children read to dogs...a program proven to encourage early readers.

Mt. Airy Dog Park,  3006 Westwood Northern (between Montana and North Bend)

Located in Mt. Airy Forest, this West Side dog park was Cincinnati Park's first in a public park.  It has over two acres of fenced area and is located at the Highpoint Picnic area.

Otto Armleder Dog Park, 3960 Pennsylvania Avenue, off Wooster near Mt. Lookout

This seems to be the place to be, whether you have a dog or not. Imagine if you lived in an apartment that restricts dogs. There are lots of young professionals to be found here looking for a chance to meet other young professionals and playing together with the dogs. Enjoy watching some happy dogs in this video.

One of the interesting points when reviewing this 323 acre park is that it is jointly operated by the Hamilton County Park District , the Cincinnati Recreation Commission and Cincinnati Parks.  Impressive use of resources!

In addition to the large and small breed areas, there are dog shower and drinking fountains.  The 2-mile paved trail allows you to run or roller-blade with your dog.  Be sure to check out whether it is open if the river is running high...yes, the Ohio River can back the water all the way up the Little Miami River (didn't seem to stop the dogs who came)!

Red Dog Pet Resort and Spa, 5081 Madison Road, Oakley

This is one of only two private facilities in the area.  The WagsPark is "members only" with three acres, including walking trails and play equipment.  Right next door to the Pet Resort and Spa area is a self-serve dog wash facility...a dog lover has everything they could need. 

WagsPark Dog ParkIf you need lots of  help with your dog's care when working late nights, this could be your solution.  The facility operates 24/7 with services that include training classes, accommodations - royalty accommodations is more like it -  including themed suites, a pool, massage/healing touch, playtime inside and out and a "bedtime story and tuck-in." 

Plus, if you love your cat as well, they can come, too.  Sometimes, when I travel, I wish I were treated as well as the animals here!

Symmes Township Park, 11600 Lebanon Road, Loveland

You walk about a quarter mile from the parking lot to get to this fenced dog area.  If you like to have a private area to train your dog off leash, this would be a good place to practice skills.  It is generally rather deserted.

WagsPark Dog Park, 3810 Church Street, Newtown

Also a private, members only dog park, this one is run by people who KNOW dogs...the Pet Stop people are trying to think of everything a dog owner needs in a facility.  This video will get you in the mood.

I like the fact that there is temperament testing to be sure that dogs are suitable for the park.  They also check vaccinations to be assure that all dogs will be safe.

A membership is designed for all dogs in your family...assuming you don't have more than four dogs.  They have a diving dock for dogs to jump into the spring-fed pond.  There is an agility and speed course, WagTropolis play system, and a dancing fountain.

Check out the adjoining filling station, car wash and "WagOmat."  After they run through the ponds next door, you can give them a good bath there before going home...I think your dog will need a nap when he arrives home after all this fun!

Wiggly Field, 8070 Tylersville Road (at Cox), West Chester

Walk your dog around the 35 acre lake at the Voice of America Park in West Chester, before entering the fenced 3-acre dog park.  Located off Tylersville Road near the Butler and Warren County line, this park is easily accessed.  It is a 3 acre grassy site without shade for visitors.