East Chatham is a wedge-shaped neighborhood located near Chatham and Avalon Park. Homes in East Chatham tend to be attractive single-family homes, mostly small crowded together in each of the subdivisions. Yards are small, but the neighborhood itself is fairly well-maintained in terms of landscaping. The divider between the sidewalk and road is enough space to wander, but you'll want to be cautious, regardless. Neighborhoods with parks nearby tend to attract more pedestrian traffic, so be courteous of others wandering in the same area. However, if your pup exhibits good behavior and manners, it can be possible to walk him on a casual and looser leash on your outing.
Across the boundary of East Chatham is Avalon Park that has plenty of open fields that provide space for activities or sports with your dog. You can also use the opportunities presented around the park to engage in some exercise on a bike or a skateboard if you're interested in those activities.
East Chatham itself is an average neighborhood with plenty of paved spaces for walkers of every experience level. Just across the perimeter from East Chatham, you can find Grand Crossing park with nice walking trails under tree cover and plenty of space to roam around.
For a more natural environment, you will have to travel a little distance either to the bank of Lake Michigan or down to the Van Vlissingen Prairie. The prairie offers all sorts of variable walking terrain for you and your dog, from dry grassland to forested spaces and other areas that are near water features.
Experiencing so many diverse terrains is important for your developing dog to keep her mind sharp and open to new experiences. If you drift over to the coast of Lake Michigan, you can find Rainbow Beach Park which offers a large sandy beach that both you and your pooch will love exploring. Just be sure that the park allows him near the water.
While there is not much green space within the boundaries of East Chatham, just across the border of the neighborhood, Avalon Park provides a fairly large forested area for you to explore. While this forest is not large enough to support significant wildlife, it may be the preferred resting place for both local and migrating birds to stop and rest.
By heading south, you can find the Van Vlissingen Prairie and its incredibly diverse ecological habitats. This park contains enough natural environments that provide plenty of differences in elevation and terrain for a high energy dog. Marshy areas will give you a great chance of seeing amphibians as well as waterbirds, while forested areas give you a chance of seeing foxes, raccoons, and armadillos. Even if you don't see the wildlife, your dog will love smelling the trails left by animals and listening to the rustling of hidden animals in the brush. Just be cautious when encountering wild animals and remember to keep your pet safe.