San Francisco, the city named for the famous animal lover, Saint Francis, is known for, even defined by, it's most famous bridge, The Golden Gate. So it should come as no wonder that, in a city of parks, the largest, and greatest is the Golden Gate Park.
Golden Gate Park consists of over 1,000 acres, and leashed dogs are welcome throughout the park. There are four areas of the park where dogs are allowed off-leash. The largest of these areas is simply called the Golden Gate Dog Park and is located at 38th and Fulton street. It's the only fenced-in dog run in the park, and it's considered to be a training area. It's very minimalist.
There is no grass, no poop bags, and only a few benches. But, it is fully fenced in, and is a great place to let your dog run her little heart out, and to practice her sit, stays, and even retrievals. Judging by the tennis balls and other toys in the area, a lot of dog people have the same idea.
Before you go to this part of Golden Gate Park, there are a few things to keep in mind. Number one, your dog must be leashed until you enter the training area. Number two, you must bring your own dog bags and be prepared to clean up after your pooch. Number three, there are fountains throughout the park but not in the training area, so be sure to bring extra water. Finally, keep in mind that the weather can be downright chilly in San Francisco year round, so be sure to plan accordingly.
San Francisco is a great place to be a dog owner, and there is always a lot going on in Golden Gate Park. After your buddy has completed his or her training, be sure to take in some of wonderful sites and events that the park has to offer.