The Heather Dog Exercise Area is an open area of parkland in the city of San Carlos, California. Parking is available in the Heather School parking lot across the street from the exercise area. The Heather Dog Exercise Area is a good sized area (just under two acres) of open space which is only partially fenced.
Dogs need to come on command when called or there is a risk of them escaping. The area is flat and surfaced with grass. There are paved paths running in various directions through the exercise area so pet owners are not obliged to walk on wet grass in damp weather.
There are also some nature-type trails which wind around a hillside, but these are mostly not maintained. Users of the Heather Dog Exercise Area have commented on the danger of dogs picking up foxtail grass heads and burrs in their fur or between their paw pads after using the trails. As this is quite a wild section of ground, a dog's parasite treatment must be up to date to prevent them from picking up ticks or fleas.
Some sections have been cut away and cemented over where picnic tables and benches have been installed. There are some trees planted throughout the exercise area, but these are immature and don't offer any shade in hot weather. There is no fresh water supply for either pets or owners so it's necessary to take bottled water and a drinking bowl.
There are poop bags dispensers throughout the exercise area and owners are expected to clean up after their dogs. Pet owners are also expected to be in complete control of their dog at all times, even when it's running loose. Aggressive behavior is not tolerated and if a dog displays aggression, they should be leashed and removed from the park immediately.