Lots of folks might think Houston is the worst place in the world for dogs. That the poor little guys just spend day and night cooped up in tiny apartments and confined to concrete walk ways. But Houston is a surprisingly dog-friendly city.

You can hardly drive ten blocks without running into a dog park. They are scattered all over the city. But if you do have a furrier family member, you may want to consider an apartment that is close to your (or your dog’s!) favorite park. When you live close by, morning runs or after-work play sessions are a cinch. Here are few favorites:

Danny Jackson Bark Park
This park is located at 4700 Westpark. It’s just inside the loop and South of 59. There are separate areas for the big guys and little guys and they’ll love the pond, trees, and walking path.

Ervan Chew Dog Park 
Ervan Chew was one of the first efforts in Houston toward an off-leash park for dogs. It’s located at 4502 Dunlavy. This is a fenced, 9,000 square foot space where dogs can run free and stretch their legs. Funding is The Friends of Ervan Chew Park. You have everything you need for fun and bonding with your dog, including pick up bags, water fountain, and benches.

Levy Park Dog Park
Levy Dog Park is located at 3801 Eastside, just one block from Richmond. This park is shady with a dog water fountain and plenty of parking, so there’s no hassle in getting there.

Tanglewood Bark Park
This dog park is in the Galleria area, located at 5801 Woodway Drive in Tanglewood Park at corner of Bering and Woodway. Tanglewood Dog Park is a great little park that gives your dog off-leash freedom.

West Webster Bark Park
West Webster Dog Park is a small public park with a single space with 5000 square feet of space just for your furry friend. It includes a drinking fountain and dog wash area and is located at 1501 West Webster Street in the Montrose area.

Discovery Green
This is the mother of all dog parks! 1500 McKinney. The Kinder Large Dog Run and Harriet and Joe Foster Small Dog Run are oases in the city for your furry friend, where they can run free in one of Houston’s first green, outdoor spaces. Located in downtown near the George R. Brown Center.

You can find more Houston area dog parks, updates, coming events, dog park rules, and other info at the Houston Dog Park Association website, a must-have tool for dog owners. You’ll also want to add the Houston Dog Blog to your favorites list, a place where you’ll find reports on dog-friendly events in the Houston area, reviews of pet products, and other tips on making city life a breeze for your favorite doggie.

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