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Best Dog Runs In Atlanta

Maybe you live in an apartment or condo and your loving dog spends most of his or her days inside. If not, the city of Atlanta and many of the surrounding suburbs have carved out green space for dog parks and runs that are open to dogs that don't show signs of being mean or aggressive. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says dogs can be like small children if they don't get outside and get exercise. They will find something to do on their own and that could be destructive to your home. Taking your dog to a safe dog park for an hour will help eliminate behavior problems and keep your pooch fit and healthy. Check out these Atlanta-area dog parks and runs.

Get your dog out to the Atlanta Dog Jog, Photo contributed by Atlanta Dog Jog

Piedmont Park Dog Park
1342 Worchester Drive
Atlanta, GA 30306

Quite possibly the largest and most popular dog park in Atlanta is in Piedmont Park. Whether you're on two legs or four, this park has a lot of great things to offer. There are separate areas for large and small dogs with benches and restrooms for dog owners. Unfortunately, there isn't much shade and it can be very hot in the summer months. You will see many varieties of dogs at Piedmont Park. If your dog isn't very social, you may want to try a smaller, less crowded park first.

Leita Thompson Memorial Dog Park
1200 Woodstock Road
Roswell, GA 30075

Leita Thompson is one of the cleanest dog parks you will find in the metro area and a favorite of dogs that like to hike. There is a two-mile gravel path you can walk with your dog. The trees provide nice shade for the hikers, but the fenced in areas, separated by small and large dogs, are out in direct sunlight. There are benches for dog owners and water fountains to fill the dog bowls. The small and large dog areas feature both grass and wood chips for the dogs to walk and run on.

Leita Thompson Memorial Dog Park, Photo credit: Rick Limpert

Peachtree City Dog Park
193 McIntosh Trail
Peachtree City, GA 30269
(770) 631-2542

Peachtree City Dog Park offers three different fenced areas, so you make sure your dog is with the appropriate size and temperament of other dogs. Open all day, from dawn to dusk, you can become a member of the dog park association for $35 per year to come and go as you like. Otherwise, non-members pay $1 per visit. This is a clean and friendly environment for Rover to get his exercise and to socialize with other dogs. The park is run by its members, so obey the rules and keep this park safe for all dogs.

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Atlanta Dog Jog
1342 Worchester Drive
Atlanta, GA 30306

Piedmont Park isn't just a dog park, it's also the site of the annual Atlanta Dog Jog. May 2, 2015 is the date and 9 a.m. is the time, as VetHeart of Georgia puts on this event where you can do a one mile fun run/walk with your dog. If you and Fido are the marathon types, you can choose to do the 5K run with "man's best friend" in tow. All dogs must be licensed and leashed for a morning of fun and exercise for all involved. Prizes awarded for both dogs and humans, so come on out and walk and run.

Brook Run Dog Park
4770 N. Peachtree Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338

Brook Run is three acres of fun for you and your pooch. An active group of dog lovers manages this fully-fenced park. Refuse bags and water stations are scattered throughout the park, so be sure to clean up after yourself and your dog. The woods make for good shade and cooler temps, so enjoy your day with your dog in Dunwoody.

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Rick Limpert is a freelance writer/photographer in Atlanta and he loves covering anything sports and tech-related. His work can be found at

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