The Grove Shafter Dog Park is an off-leash dog park in Oakland, California. This dog park, which comes under the jurisdiction of the Oakland Dog Owners Group (ODOG), is a piece of city waste ground that has been re-purposed to serve as an area for exercising dogs off-leash. The ODOG is a non-profit organization who aim to improve the areas dog parks and liaise with the city's park's departments to open new ones.
If pet parents are arriving by vehicle to the Grove Shafter Dog Park, they will need to park on the streets of the surrounding neighborhood and should ensure their car is locked before leaving it. This dog park in Oakland constitutes of two individual dog runs which have been fenced with chain link. There's a separate enclosure each for large and small breeds.
Mini mutts need to weigh less than twenty-five pounds to use the small breed section. There is a limit in place which restricts pet owners from taking no more than three dogs to the park at once. Both off-leash areas have some rough grass and a sparse sprinkling of wood chippings. The dog park is quite shady as it is overshadowed by a huge, concrete highway overpass.
New fur visitors to the dog park may take a while to become accustomed to the traffic noise, but once they do, they have a good time. Nervous dogs can turn into aggressive dogs, so owners need to keep a watchful eye on their pup when using this dog park in Oakland the first few times.
While the Grove Shafter Dog Park might not be in the most distinguished of neighborhoods, it is appreciated by the pet parents and pooches who use it. They do their level best to pick up all poop and keep the off-leash areas clean. Any stray poops left laying around by slapdash pet parents is seriously frowned upon.