Oakdale, California, in Stanislaus County, was founded in 1871 and is known as the Cowboy Capital of the World. The Oakdale Cowboy Museum shows off the history of ranchers, cowboys, and cowgirls with photographs, artifacts, and gear of the past. The Stanislaus River is a big attraction too, with plenty of riverfront areas for swimming, fishing, boating, and hiking. There are an estimated 4,650 dogs in Oakdale so you can bring Fido with you when you visit since there are many dog-friendly places in town.
Oakdale Dog Park on Crane Road is a gorgeous grassy park with separated large and small dog areas, double-gated for safety, water fountains, chairs, and benches. The people there are super nice, and the dogs are friendly and playful. Lots of trees and bushes for the pooches to sniff and squirrels to chase, and there is a creek running through that the dogs love to play in.
Modesto Dog Park at Enslen Avenue and West Morris Avenue is another favorite park in the area. There are always plenty of dogs there to play with of all sizes and breeds, and they all seem to enjoy this place. There are fountains, water bowls, play equipment, dog-waste bag dispensers, and benches all over. The park has enough room for you to play Frisbee or toss a ball around with your pooch until you both are worn out.
Oakdale has what a dog or person needs, but some of the neighboring towns give a dog and their family something new to see and do. Sunnyview Dog Park is located in the city of Turlock, CA, which is 20 miles south of Oakdale. The dog park is located at 500 S. Berkeley and gives dogs some op-paw-tunities for leash-free fun. It has separate enclosures for small and large dogs, so you won’t have to worry about your small dog ruff-housing with the big boys. The enclosures are grassy, so you won’t have to worry about muddy pawprints on the ride back to Oakdale.
Oakdale’s city center is a doggie paradise. Dogs living here have more services within walking distance. The Oakdale Dog Park is located in this neighborhood at 7910 Crane Road. This large grassy dog park has an enclosure for small dogs, and a separate one for large ones. This dog park is a pawpular spot for people to socialize while their dogs run and do some friendly sniffing of their own. On the way home, a dog can stop for a wash, cut, and pedicure at Pet Perfection located at 819 W F Street. Pamper your precious pet after a long day of play!
If you’re looking for even more off-leash adventure, Modesto’s Elk Run Dog Park is but a 16-mile drive away. This dog park, located at 601 Morris Avenue, has an enclosure for small dogs and one for large. There is a canal where dogs can splash a paw or two (or four)! The park has some pleasant shade for the companion human. The dog park is part of the larger Elk Run Park which has a playground and a rock climbing area. This makes it the pawfect place for a day out with the family! Just make sure Fido’s on a leash if you take him outside the dog park.
The Barkleyville Dog Park located at 5383 Feather River Drive in Stockton makes for a good weekend destination. It is located 35 miles north, so be sure to prepare Fido for the drive. He’s sure to enjoy the scenery along the way, even if you don’t let him hang his head out the window. The dog park has an enclosure for small dogs, one for large dogs, and a third for agility training. There are several different types of agility equipment for some well-rounded skills training, and a good workout. Be sure to bring plenty of water along -- Fido is sure to get thirsty after all that play!
A dog park in Lathrop makes for a nice day trip for dogs and humans. The Lathrop Dog Park is 26 miles from Oakdale, located at 17801 Inland Passage Way. This is a big dog park with separate areas for big and small dogs. There is also a small obstacle course where Fido can test his speed and endurance. Large grassy areas provide for some off-leash freedom, and dogs are allowed to socialize and sniff to their hearts’ content. Dogs visiting this park even have their own special water fountain, so if you forgot to bring some water along, you won’t have to worry.