DOG FRIENDLY PLACES TO PRACTICE


The places listed on this page have been described as welcoming dogs practicing to become therapy dog teams. ALWAYS CONFIRM the “dog friendly” status of businesses/locations prior to entering with your dog since policies change over time. Heeling Partners relies on word-of-mouth to maintain this list and does not guarantee its accuracy. Please contact Jacquie Tannenbaum at jacquie.tannenbaum@yahoo.com or 720-979-6310 if you have suggestions.

Please keep the following practices in mind when visiting and socializing with your dog:
-        practice “good manners” when taking your dog out in public
-        keep your dog on a leash (not flexi-leash) and under control
-        monitor your dog for appropriate behavior and signs of stress
-        limit the visit to an amount of time your dog can comfortably handle
-        after socialization, give your dog time to play and “de-stress”


GLENWOOD SPRINGS AREA

WEST GLENWOOD MALL AREA
 -        Alpine Bank
-        Gregory Park (smallish sized park)
-        High Tails Dog and Cat Outfitters (http://www.hightailsco-op.com)
-        O’Reilly’s Auto Parts
-        RCC Western (allows dog teams practicing for therapy dog test)
-        Staples

WEST GLENWOOD MOTEL STRIP (along highways 6 & 24 and east Devereaux Road)
-        Two Rivers Park (bike/skateboard park is a nice place to get exposure to "wheelie" things;  many people with dogs go there on Sundays to throw and fetch tennis balls and there are lots of extra people during baseball season; do NOT bring dogs to concerts held there)

WATER PARK AREA (west Devereaux Road and Dairy Queen)
-        Water Park (good place to practice steps, lots of people there in the summer)

GLENWOOD CANYON
-        No Name Creek Trail (No Name exit off freeway; turn left at the top of the ramp and go up the holler until you get to the parking spot for the Jessie Weaver Trail; good trail for dogs learning to come when called because the parking area is away from the highway a good distance; trail starts as a dirt road going past a private home, past a municipal water site, then transitions to hiking trail)

-        Grizzly Creek Trail (Grizzly Creek exit off freeway; continue past the rest area to another parking area on your left; trail can be quite narrow and steep, so be very careful with puppies who could fall into dangerous rushing water in the spring time if they aren’t on a harness and leash)

MEADOWS SHOPPING CENTER
-        Pier 1 (dog friendly, but they have lots of little breakable stuff)
-        Petco

DOWNTOWN GLENWOOD
 -        Sayre Park (generally has a number of people when the weather is good)
-        Centennial Park (very small park, but nice place to bring dogs on Tuesday in the summer for Farmer’s Market to meet people and practice not reacting to other dogs)
-        Scout (hiking) Trail (go all the way east on 8th Street to get to the trail head; not much parking and it is a popular spot for mountain bikers to ride downhill, so heads up)
-        Open Gate Assisted Living (be sure to called ahead of your visit)
-        Grace Healthcare Nursing Home (talk to the activities director Mon-Fri; the weekend staff isn’t comfortable giving the ok for a dog visit)
-        Summit Canyon

SOUTH GLENWOOD
-        Dog park (behind and to the right of Safeway, along the walking trail; entirely fenced)
-        Bike/Walk Trail (dogs on leash)


CARBONDALE AREA

-        Heritage Park Care Center (call ahead for permission and bring copy of current rabies vaccination)
 -        Marion Gulch area (right hand turn off Thompson Creek Road just before the Nordic Ski area; watch for ski mobiles; they pack trails all the way to Powderhorn near Grand Junction; walk, cross country ski, snow shoe; we have access to this area thanks to the Cattlemen's Association so it is important to respect their signs and keep gates closed)
-        Just beyond the Nordic Ski on highway 108 (Thompson Creek Road); road is unplowed; great for skijoring and walking)
-        Large, open area by the Montessori School (not totally fenced; ranchers are sensitive about new-born calves in the pasture next to Delaney/Carbondale Nature Area Park, so it is really important that dogs not cross the irrigation ditch and stray into the pasture; it is legal in Colorado for people to shoot dogs chasing livestock and/or wildlife, so DO NOT let your dog into the pasture area)