Edgewater: Where the Best Dog Park is a Dog Beach

At first glance, there don't seem to be any dog parks at all in the Edgewater area of the city. There's Challenger dog park to the south, under the 'L' tracks in deep Uptown on the border of Wrigleyville, but most of the parks in Edgewater itself are focused on either kids and playground equipment or the quieter needs of older adults, like sheltered benches and landscaping. Neither ambiance is exactly well suited to the rambunctious friendliness of dogs in frolic mode.

But that's OK — just turn east and have another look. Dogs in Edgewater don't need boring old penned-off parks when they live right by the dog beaches of Lake Michigan! Just go south near Uptown, turn east on Foster, and keep going till you hit the lake. To your left you'll see the pretty, yellow-sand curve of Foster beach proper, where the humans swim when it's warm enough for our frail hides. Follow the beach north till you get to the beginning of the northern pier, however, and you'll find that the far north section of the beach is kindly reserved for dogs, who can be found romping in the waves in just about any weather conditions which will still allow for unfrozen lake water.

The dog beach is kept reasonably clean, and the beach offers restroom and refreshment facilities. Better yet, if your pup finds he's got too many pals competing for scampering space at Foster, another, bigger dog beach is just a 10-minute walk south along the lakefront, near Melrose Harbor.

The only catch is, keep your eye on the sun: generally the dog beaches close down around the same time as the people beaches, which fluctuates depending on the time of the sunset.

Dog Treats

Dog treats are wonderful items for rewarding that exceptional bulldog of yours for his or her latest feat of derring-do. After all, everyone loves treats, from humans to animals a bit further down the food chain. Many people–and, one would presume, pets–structure entire days around treats. They act as incentives and prizes at the same time, pushing people and pets to higher levels of behavior.

Many people take great care in choosing treats for themselves, putting in a lot of time looking into the latest, greatest wines, cheeses or chocolates. Dog treats should be researched in a similar manner. Many think that one treat is as good as another, a perception one's bulldog may not share.

Premium Dog Treats

Dog treats can be much more that bone-shaped cookies. If you sense your pet is tiring of the same old treats, you may want to take a gander at some of the new pet foods that are currently available. These morsels are treats not only for a dog's tongue, but for his or her system as well.

Did you ever think you'd see a day when your dog would be eating biscotti? Well, biscotti made from liver has become a hit among many bulldogs the world over. These tasty dog treats are made from carefully selected ingredients to ensure proper bulldog health and nutrition.

Play Outside at a Dog Beach

Are you looking for a great way to give your dog the attention and exercise he deserves? Try taking him to a dog beach. If you live on or near the water, chances are there is a dog beach very close to you. Most public beaches don't allow pets near the water or on the sand, but the dog beach is specifically designed with dogs in mind.

My favorite dog beach is the Pensacola dog beach located in Pensacola, Fl. This is a great place where the dogs and their owners always feel at ease. Not only is the sand surrounded by fencing, but so is the water. Your dog can run, play and swim without you having to worry about him getting lost in the waters. There are also trash cans and bags around for cleaning up after your dog. Plus, everyone there is there for their dog so the dogs can run free without disturbing anyone around them.

Dog beaches are a great way for dogs and their owners to play in the great outdoors. Beaches are meant to be enjoyed by everyone, not just the humans. Not only will your dog get a lot of fresh air and exercise, but your dog will be socializing and making friends. This is especially important if you have only one dog. Socializing your dog on a dog beach is a great way to keep your dog young and friendly.

Dog beaches are full of fun and excitement for your dog, and you will probably have a lot of fun too. Being outside with your dog is a great way for you to stay healthy and have fun. If you have not tried going to a dog beach, you should check your local area for a dog beach. Beaches are one of God's best creations and should be enjoyed by everyone!