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Dog Areas in Carlisle, IA

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Carlisle is a small city of 4,000 residents just below central Iowa. This quaint little area is a pawtastic place for pups and their parents as it’s within twenty miles of both Des Moines and West Des Moines. This makes residents and visitors far enough away from the city to avoid traffic and noise, but close enough to enjoy the many pooch-friendly parks, restaurants, amenities, and over a dozen vet clinics the heart of the Hawkeye State has to offer!

One of the most popular amenities is Gray’s Lake Dog Park in neighboring Des Moines. Just twenty minutes Northwest of Carlisle, this 167-acre park is snuggled within the metro area and is complete with a dog-friendly, two-mile walking trail around Gray’s Lake. With countless dog waste receptacles, benches, restrooms, and even a well-lit walking bridge, Gray’s Lake Park is the perfect place for furry friends and their parents to enjoy at any time of day!

If you’re up for a few more miles of driving, you could swing by the Windsor Heights Dog Park near West Des Moines. This park offers doggie bags and waste receptacles, agility equipment, separate areas for large and small dogs, and plenty of space to run! Just be sure to bring some water and a water dish for Fido -- he’ll thank you!

With its close proximity to the state capital, Carlisle is a small, beautiful community with much to offer dog owners and their best friends.

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Carlisle, IA

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    Population Density 1,179/sq mi

    #1 Mitchellville

    The Mitchellville neighborhood offers great boarding facilities as well as a fenced dog park. The area is great for keeping your dog happy and safe, since the neighborhood is remote from urban areas. Apart from the dog park, Rover’s Ranch is delighted to welcome your fur-iend to jump and splash in their onsite pools before relaxing and tumbling in shades of the trees. Fido will not get bored here! The facility also provides a range of popular training classes, so your pup will keep up with his activities even if you have to skip the training yourself. The crew of professionals at Rover’s Ranch is happy to help your pup avoid feeling stressed and alone!
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    Population Density 1,554/sq mi

    #2 Croker/Oralabor

    Ankeny is one of the most affluent cities in Iowa north of Des Moines, and has several facilities for your pup to enjoy. The Ankeny Dog Park is a 7.5-acre park at South-West Ankeny Road. This is one of the most pawpular parks in the area and has been welcoming mischievous tail-waggers and their owners since September 2010.  There are so many things to do for your pup in here: tumble or take part in the who-is-the-fastest-dog-alive competition on the grass in off-leash areas, splash and dabble in a fenced half-acre pond or greedily gulp from the in doggie water fountains. And you don’t have to worry that your small Chihuahua may be intimidated by a grown-up Labrador; the park features two separate areas for small and large dogs. For those owners who like long on-leash walks, Ankeny has one of 1,600 rail-trails, which are now delightful places to have a nice morning stroll or jog with your best friend. Happen to have no leash? Tractor Supply in Oralabor is happy to provide you with all the goods your pup may need and treat him with a tasty dainty at checkout.
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    Population Density 2,436/sq mi

    #3 South Duff Avenue/Airport Road

    Ames Dog Park at 605 Billy Sunday Road in South Ames is a neighbor of Hunziker Youth Sports Complex with the City’s Animal Shelter behind it. It is a fantastic place for your bud to play leash-free on a 10-acre spot separated in two areas: 2 acres goes to the dogs less than 25 pounds, and the remaining 8 acres are intended for large Fidos. A trip to Ames from Carlisle maybe a long one, so make sure to take water with you in case your bud gets thirsty, and hit the road via I-35 South for getting to the place in less than an hour. After a long trip, it is always nice to stop at the local dog-friendly café. Luckily, the local Dairy Queen is nearby, and has outdoor tables where you and your pup can enjoy a cold drink, hot dog or a hamburger together!
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    Population Density 2,137/sq mi

    #4 Madrid

    If you ever wanted to visit Madrid, this is your chance! Grab your pup and jump into the car to have a beautiful trip and a wonderful weekend in Madrid. It will take less than an hour to arrive at this doggie heaven if you go via IA-5 South! Iowa Arboretum is located in North Madrid and has walking trails, which will remind you of prairies with breathtaking woodland around. It is easy to soak the atmosphere of adventure and wild nature while your pup is exploring the locations around. There is nothing else that can make the day better! Just remember to keep your friend on-leash while going through the beautiful variety of pathways in the quiet public garden.
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    Population Density 1,467/sq mi

    #5 West Des Moines

    Racoon River Dog Park is a spacious and wonderful place situated between its two counterparts, Walnut Wood State Park and Brown Woods. They're separated by the gorgeous Racoon River. The dog park is a beautiful, fenced 12-acre place to enjoy time off-leash and exercise as long as your pup wishes. There are two separate areas for small and large dogs to avoid any inconveniences or troubles with different-sized pups. The locals are very friendly and there are not so many people in the evening, so you can choose your time to visit the place. You can either let your bud socialize and play around with others, or just exercise and maintain his health on your own. There are plenty of amenities for owners such as benches, jugs filled with water, and special bags for cleaning after your Fido.
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