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Dog Areas in Utica, MI

The city of Utica has been known by several names throughout its history, including Harlow, Hog's Hollow, and McDougalville, until it was finally named Utica in the 1830s. The place is fairly small, but it has a great geographical position. From the south, it's around 28 miles from Detroit. Pontiac is on the west side of Utica, around 14 miles away, and the third biggest city in the state, Warren, is just 10 miles from Utica. If your dog has medical problems or an emergency, it's good to know that Utica has two veterinary hospitals that will provide good care for your canine friend.

Utica has a few places where you can cuddle up and spend a few nights with your furry friend. Comfort Inn Utica is a cheaper option, or you can visit Hyatt Place Utica, Staybridge Suites Detroit Utica, and La Quinta Inn & Suites Detroit Utica. Be sure to check the pet policies at each hotel, as fees and restrictions vary.

Utica is home to over seven parks where you and your leashed pup can explore the day away. You won't find any pet-friendly restaurants or dog parks here, but fur-tunately, Utica is just a skip and a hop from larger cities with plenty of dog-friendly amenities!

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Utica, MI

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    Population Density 220/sq mi

    #1 North Charter Township of Shelby

    The closest place that you can take your pup to get some exercise if you're staying or living in Utica is the Stony Creek Metro Park. This park is located just 6 miles away from Utica in North Charter Township of Shelby. Your doggie is welcome here as long as he's properly leashed and well-behaved. The good news is that, even though dogs are not allowed on the sandy main beach, there are many places where you can let your pooch have a little fun cooling off in the lake. In the rest of the park, there are plenty of hiking trails that you can explore together with your canine friend.
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  2. Dog Parks 1
    Population Density 5,286/sq mi

    #2 Central Royal Oak

    Another place that is fairly close to Utica is the Wagner Park Dog Run. This park is the pawfect place to let your pup play off-leash and sniff out some new buddies. The park is located in Central Royal Oak, which is around 14 miles from Utica. If you decide to visit, you should know that the area is not fenced, so if your pup has trouble following voice commands, this park might not be the right choice for you. The area is set back away from the street, so it's pretty safe. Make sure you bring some drinking water with you.
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    Population Density 1,479/sq mi

    #3 Central Orion Charter Township

    Orion Oaks Dog Park is 21 miles away from Utica. What this park has that the previous parks don't is a securely fenced area, so you won't have to worry about your pup slipping out of the fence or running away. The 14 acres of fenced area include two separate zones for large and small dogs. This park provides drinking water, but you'll need to bring your own waste bags. You'll also find wooded trails that you can explore together as long as your dog is leashed. The best part is that the park even has designated swimming areas just for doggies! Sounds like doggie heaven, right?
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  4. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 1,459/sq mi

    #4 Cidermill Village

    A really pawesome place that you can visit with both the two- and four-legged family members is Bloomer Park. This park is just 5 miles away from Utica, and the short drive is well worth it for all the fun you'll have here! Doggies must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet, but the mesmerizing nature and the beautiful Clinton River will make you forget about the daily grind as you fill your lungs with fresh air and your hearts with un-fur-gettable memories. There are plenty of open fields and trails that you can explore, and you can also enjoy a picnic. If your dog needs a challenge, there are many hilly areas to tire him out!
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    Population Density 3,891/sq mi

    #5 North Mt Clemens

    Nine miles east of Utica, you'll find Behnke Memorial Dog Park, a free dog park that doesn't require a membership. If you need a separate area for your small dog, this might not be the right place for you since all dogs play in one area here. The park offers fresh drinking water and a hose for rinsing off Fido's paws. Plenty of seating is provided for the dog owners, and there are a lot of toys and tires that will keep your pooch entertained. Pit bulls have to be muzzled in order to play at this park. Be sure to bring some waste baggies with you.
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