Sanders is a mostly commercial area of town on Willard Street, close to the causeway that goes over the Indian River to Merritt Island. Most of the residences are apartments above the businesses or in the nearby condos that line the side of the river. Sanders is in a bustling area of town, thanks to the causeway, and finding places to walk your dog that aren't paved can be a bit of a challenge.
There are plenty of small shops, restaurants, and bars nearby for you while MYDOGSWAG, a pet supply store for dog lovers, is within walking distance on the corner of Center Street and Ridgeway Avenue. The nearest grocery store, a Publix Supermarket, is less than ten minutes to the south. Along with having everything your family needs to eat, they also carry a decent selection of brand-name dog foods. If you need a Walmart Supercenter, the nearest one is ten minutes to the north.
Sanders covers an area of downtown Cocoa measuring four large blocks, a significant part of which is paved parking lots. Because Willard Street is connected to the Hubert Humphrey Causeway coming from Merritt Island and runs through the neighborhood, you and your pup might find the traffic along this vital road to be more than you can handle for your walks until your pooch has had a chance to get used to the noise.
Morning and evening rush hours tend to be quite busy and you should expect a lot more traffic during the day coming from Port Canaveral where several cruise ships call home. The one place you can take your dog for long daily walks in relative safety is the riverbank going north from the Cocoa Village Marina. Along the riverbank is a wide strip of grass you that may be slightly bumpy, but is still mostly flat and easy to traverse.
One of the benefits to being this close to the water is that you and your dog can walk to the combined area of Lee Wenner, Taylor, and the Cocoa Riverfront Parks. The three parks provide you and your dog with lots of grass to walk and play on. Taylor Park has playground equipment for the kids, Cocoa Riverfront Park is home to a variety of events during the summer, and Lee Wenner Park has a public boat ramp.
If a long walk on the beach is what you have in mind, you can cross the causeway over to Cocoa Beach and be on the sand in less than twenty minutes. Unlike Cape Canaveral to the north, dogs are permitted on the beach from 4th Street South to South 16th Street. The beaches are open to dogs for a few specific hours out of the day. Your dog must be on a leash at all times and you must clean up after them using the provided pet waste receptacles.