The average dog has the mental abilities of a two-year-old human. How cool is that?
A dog, like a two-year-old, understands about 165-250 words, depending on the intelligence of the dog (or human) in question.
When it comes to social intelligence, dogs are more advanced than the average toddler because their lives are slightly more complex - closer to that of a teenager. According to Live Science, dogs are mainly interested in social status (who’s the head of the pack) and mating (who’s sleeping with who). Sound familiar?
Canada may be known for our winters, but we also have pretty epic summers! With rivers and lakes criss-crossing our nation, beautiful beaches and lush forests, it’s a doggy paradise. Although we have tons of places to explore in Ontario, most of us live in urban spaces where “off leash” isn’t always safe, practical or legal. So we’ve put together a list of the best dog parks in Toronto, where both you and your pet can stretch your legs.
Cherry St & Waterfront (Toronto)
One of the most beautiful beaches in Toronto with a quiet shoreline and dozens of acres of running space. Plus, lots of parking.
Etobicoke Valley Park
Horner Ave & Browns Line (Etobicoke)
A huge off-leash area with a majestic creek for your dog to splash around in. Bonus: free parking.
Humber Bay Shores Park
Lakeshore Blvd W & Marine Parade Dr (Toronto)
A famous spot for dog walkers! It’s a bit secluded from the rest of the park at the tip of the peninsula, with big boulders lining the water. If you have a larger dog, this is the spot to hang.
Parkside Dr & High Park Blvd (Toronto)
One of the largest inner-city parks, with off leash trails and rivers and ponds.
Coxwell Ave & Danforth Ave (Toronto)
A 12 acre community park with off-leash and small dog zones, featuring lovely trees and rolling hills.
Jack Darling Memorial Park
Lorne Park Rd & Lakeshore Rd W (Oakville)
One of the biggest fully fenced parks in all of Ontario! During the week, this huge leafy space is off-leash friendly.
Don Valley Brick Works
Bayview Ave & Pottery Rd (Toronto)
A playdate with a view! This park includes historic buildings, a beautiful panoramic lookout, and a wetland conservation habitat.
Lee Ave & Waterfront (Toronto)
Often called the “Beaches Park,” Kew Gardens stretches across the water front. You’ll find it across from an ice cream and snack stand, so you can both cool off at once.
King Road Dog Park
King Rd & North Service Road (Burlington)
Best fenced-in dog park in the Burlington area! Lots of shade to keep you humans cool, and a small dog zone to keep the little ones safe.
Riverdale Park West
River St & Bayview Ave (Toronto)
Can’t beat the city views you’ll find in this beautiful valley following the Don River. Features an off-leash dog park near the lower playing fields.
Okay, okay - here’s a few extra for good measure:
Thomson Memorial Park
Brimley Rd & Dorcot Ave (Scarborough)
For the East Enders - with both a big dog and little dog zone, with lots of seating so you can snap pics of your pup making friends.
Eglinton Ave E & Leslie St (Toronto)
Beautiful walking trails with an off-leash section.
So there you are! Don’t forget to bring fresh water for you pup, and enjoy summer 2019!
We’re finally putting cold behind us as a summer heatwave is approaching, so we’re here to give you a couple of tips on how to keep your pet safe and healthy through the hot weather months.
So there you have it! By following these guidelines and keeping these points in mind, you can keep your pet safe and happy.