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Mukilteo Dog Park in Snohomish County Washington
Visiting the Mukilteo Dog Park
Japanese Gulch Dog Park in Mukilteo, Washington
The grand opening of Mukilteo's first off-leash dog area at Japanese Gulch Park was on October 27, 2012. Since my dogs and I live in the Mukilteo area and enjoy some off-leash time at dog parks, we were very excited to hear about a new dog park opening near us in Snohomish County.
The off leash area was built through the efforts of volunteers and donated materials. It is a fully fenced off-leash dog park with both grass and barked areas with several double-entry/exit gates. It includes several benches to sit and relax, agility equipment, a separate shy dog area, trash cans and signs with the park's rules.
My border collies Hank and Tim are waiting anxiously at the entrance gate, so let's take peak at Mukilteo's Japanese Gulch Dog Park, the newest off-leash dog area in Snohomish County.
All Photos by the author, Vicki Green
A Map to the Mukilteo Dog Park
Mukilteo, WA is located about 20 miles north of Seattle, and the dog park is located just off of 5th Street before it turns into Mukilteo Boulevard.
Tails and Trails Dog Park Play Area
Japanese Gulch Park
Japanese Gulch Off Leash Dog area is officially called "Tails and Trails Dog Park" and is part of Japanese Gulch Park, a beautiful undeveloped area in Washington State between Mukilteo and Everett. Beyond the 3/4 acre fenced off leash area, there are miles of trails through the forest - a haven for wildlife between industrialized and suburban areas. The dog park is a joint effort of the City of Mukilteo and volunteers. The community is very proud of the efforts it took to purchase and preserve Japanese Gulch and protect it from development so that present and future generations will be able to enjoy this natural area. For more information or to donate visit the Japanese Gulch Group (JGG) website.
Mukilteo Trails and Tails Dog Park Rules
The entrance to the park features signs with the park rules as well as some helpful tips.
I found this book to be very helpful to read before going to a dog park. It includes how to evaluate your own dog's temperment, some things you should teach your dog and unfriendly canine body language to watch out for.
Make Sure a Dog Park is Right for You and Your Dog
The entrance to the park features signs with the park rules as well as some helpful tips. Taking your dog to a dog park is a great way to exercise and socialize your canine companion. Dog parks offer fresh air, open space, and freedom - a chance for your dog to be a dog. But not all dogs enjoy the experience and not all dog parks are safe for your dog. Learn practical skills to evaluate your dog's temperament to decide if he's dog park ready.
Clean-up Bag Dispensers
Keep the Dog Park Clean
The Mukilteo Dog Park includes several handy clean-up dispensers and trash cans to keep the park clean.
Doggie Doo Dispenser and Clean-up Bags
This is my favorite doggie doo clean-up dispenser.
Dog Waste Dispensers and Bags
Although the Mukilteo Off Leash Dog Park is equipped with clean-up bags, it is always a good idea to carry your own in case they happen to run out so you can always be prepared to clean-up after your dog.
Off Leash Playtime at Japanese Gulch Dog Park
Playtime at the Dog Park
After I opened the gate, Hank and Tim took off running to explore and play on the fresh wood chips.
Dog Water Dispensers
I have two of these water bottles that include a basin for my dogs to easily drink from. The bottle holds 20 ounces of water which is usually an adequate amount for a trip to the dog park.
Keep Your Dog Hydrated at the Dog Park
Many dog parks do not supply water and those that do often need to shut off the water in winter to avoid damage to water lines. Dogs playing and running need to stay hydrated especially when the weather is warm and dry. Be sure to bring along some water for your dog.
Train and practice agility skills at Japanese Gulch Dog Park
Exploring the Concrete Tunnel
Hank is checking out the concrete drainage pipe that can be used for agility tunnel training and practice.
Dog-themed Benches For People
Sit, Stay and Relax at Japanese Gulch Dog Park
Japanese Gulch Dog Park has several attractive doggie themed benches for people to sit, rest and relax while keeping an eye on their dogs.
The Shy Dog Area
A Separate Area for Shy or Small Dogs
Like many of the nicer dog parks, the Mukilteo Off Leash Dog Park includes a separate fully fenced area for shy or smaller dogs. If you aren't sure if your dog is ready for interacting with some of the other dogs, this is a good place to give your dog some off-leash time away from other dogs.
Dog Collars and Leashes
Don't Forget to Leash up When You Leave - Be Sure to Have a Leash Along
The city of Mukilteo has a leash law, so be sure to leash-up your dog before you exit the park.
Explore More of Mukilteo and Japanese Gulch
Japanese Gulch is the last large undeveloped greenbelt in Mukilteo. The forest is habitat for many wildlife species and enjoyed by birders, hikers, bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts. You can take your leashed dog along on your hike.
The town of Mukilteo has other attractions including the Mukilteo Ferry Dock with departing ferries making the voyage to Whidbey Island, the Mukilteo Lighthouse, Lighthouse Park and several good restaurants with a view of Puget Sound.
Hiking in Japanese Gulch in Mukilteo, WA
More Dog Friendly Adventures in the Pacific Northwest
If you are interested in learning about more dog-friendly adventures in the Pacific Northwest, you can find many of our trip reports on my blog, Adventures of Border Collies in the Burbs.
© 2012 Vicki Green