It can be hard to get out of the city and into the country. In modern America, urban sprawl can seem inescapable, especially when you live in a large city like St. Louis, Missouri. As far as the population of the city itself, St. Louis isn't the largest city in the country, but it seems to go on for miles and miles. St. Louis sprawls over 66 square miles. For comparison, consider Nashville, a city with twice the population an area of 42 square miles.
It can take awhile to get out of St. Louis, but once you do, there's a lot of open space for the beleaguered city dweller. A great place to get re-acquainted with nature is Quail Ridge Dog Park in Wentzville, Missouri. Quail Ridge Dog Park is 2.50 acres of off-leash doggie fun. There are two sections, one specifically for dogs under 30 pounds. The main section is a large, grassy field, perfect for playing fetch and catch. The small dog section has some trees and borders on the edge of a forest glade.
Quail Ridge Park is over 250 acres of parkland, most of which is in a natural state, but there have been improvements, such as an 18-hole disc golf course, and a pond regularly restocked with game fish. There are ample picnic facilities, a large conference center, and miles of paths, both paved and unpaved. One of the nicest features of Quail Ridge, however, is the dog park.
Both sections of the dog park have plenty of benches, as well as poop bags and trash cans. Both sections of the park have fountains that both humans and their dogs can drink from; however, the fountains are not available in the winter to protect the pipes from freezing. It is recommended that you bring fresh water for your puppy in the winter months. And you will want to go in the winter, especially if your dog likes playing in the snow.