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Willis Tucker Dog Park

Updated on March 1, 2015

A Visit to the Best Off Leash Dog Park in Snohomish County, WA

One of the best off-leash dog parks in Snohomish County, WA is at the Willis Tucker County Park. There are over 10 acres of fully fenced areas for dogs and their people to enjoy. The dog park is divided into 3 separate areas each with its own unique characteristics. Choose from the Open Meadow, the Wooded Trail or the Senior-Shy Dog-Low Impact area or try all three. Some renovations and Willis Tucker County Park were recently completed, including new roads and paved parking lot including a handicapped accessible parking lot right next to the dog park.

You and your dog can spend a whole day exploring the off-leash dog area at Willis Tucker Snohomish County Park!

All photos by the author.

Where is Willis Tucker County Park? - Map of Snohomish, WA

Willis Tucker County Park is located in Snohomish County, Washington about 20 miles north of Seattle.

A Map and Directions to Willis Tucker Park

A markerWillis Tucker County Park -
6705 Puget Park Drive Snohomish WA 98296
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The Benefits of Off-Leash Dog Parks

Exercise for people and their pets

Prevents or reduces obesity

Dogs can release excess energy

Socialization for people and dogs

Bonding between people and dogs

Can reduce dog behavior problems

Reduces dog boredom

A tired dog is a good dog

Elderly and disabled can provide adequate exercise for their dog

The Handicapped Accessible Parking Lot - A Parking for Disabled Dog Owners

Willis Tucker Dog Park Handicapped Parking Lot
Willis Tucker Dog Park Handicapped Parking Lot

The Handicapped Parking Lot

This parking lot was added for disabled dog owners in 2012. It is a very short distance from all three of the off-leash dog areas, making it much easier for people with mobility problems to take their dogs to the Willis Tucker Dog Park.

Shy-Senior- Low Impact Area - For dogs who prefer a flatter terrain with fewer other dogs

Willis Tucker Dog Park Shy Dog Area
Willis Tucker Dog Park Shy Dog Area

The Senior or Shy Dog Area

This area was designed for dogs with mobility problems or those that are intimidated by the presence of numerous other dogs. It provides a place where they can play off-leash in a smaller, less challenging environment. It is considered courteous park etiquette to ask before bringing your dog into this area if it is already in use in case the dog or dogs inside the area need some off-leash time away from other dogs.

The Forested Trail - A hike in the forest

Willis Tucker Dog Park Forested Trail
Willis Tucker Dog Park Forested Trail

The Forested Trail Area

This is probably my favorite area of the off leash park. It is a series of looping trails through a large forested area with large old evergreen trees and shrub understory. It is a relaxing place and makes me feel like I am hiking in the forest. I usually see several species of forest birds and it is away from the noise and high energy level of all of the dogs in the meadow area. It is also a good place for dogs to release some energy before going into the meadow area to make sure they are calmer before making introductions with several other dogs.

More photos of the Forested Trail - A peaceful walk in the forest

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So many great smells for dogs to check out along the way.My dogs, Tim and Hank enjoying running through the many interconnected trails.Checking out the perimeter trails along the fence lines.One of the entrances to the forested trail area.Time to go on to the next area.
So many great smells for dogs to check out along the way.
So many great smells for dogs to check out along the way.
My dogs, Tim and Hank enjoying running through the many interconnected trails.
My dogs, Tim and Hank enjoying running through the many interconnected trails.
Checking out the perimeter trails along the fence lines.
Checking out the perimeter trails along the fence lines.
One of the entrances to the forested trail area.
One of the entrances to the forested trail area.
Time to go on to the next area.
Time to go on to the next area.

Open Meadow Area - The most popular off-leash area of the park

Willis Tucker Dog Park Meadow Area
Willis Tucker Dog Park Meadow Area

The Meadow Area

The open meadow area is the most popular off leash dog area in the park. It has a varied terrain with hills, areas of bark, areas of bare dirt, areas with trees and shrubs. It has a large enough area that there is usually a corner where a dog and his person can play fetch without much interference from other dogs. It even features an agility area where dogs can be introduced to or practice agility skills.

More photos of the open meadow area - Room to run, jump, dig or try out agility equipment

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Another view of the meadow area from the forest trail areaTim finding a good scent in some shrubberySkye on a dirt moundTim and Skye running the trail along an edge of the meadow areaTime and Skye exploring another part of the meadowThere can be some large puddles in some areas after a day or two of rainy weather.  Be prepared to bring towels or avoid those areas to keep dogs dryTime and Skye checking out some of the agility equipmentThe meadow area agility training area
Another view of the meadow area from the forest trail area
Another view of the meadow area from the forest trail area
Tim finding a good scent in some shrubbery
Tim finding a good scent in some shrubbery
Skye on a dirt mound
Skye on a dirt mound
Tim and Skye running the trail along an edge of the meadow area
Tim and Skye running the trail along an edge of the meadow area
Time and Skye exploring another part of the meadow
Time and Skye exploring another part of the meadow
There can be some large puddles in some areas after a day or two of rainy weather.  Be prepared to bring towels or avoid those areas to keep dogs dry
There can be some large puddles in some areas after a day or two of rainy weather. Be prepared to bring towels or avoid those areas to keep dogs dry
Time and Skye checking out some of the agility equipment
Time and Skye checking out some of the agility equipment
The meadow area agility training area
The meadow area agility training area

Earth Rated Dog Clean-up Bag Dispenser

Earth Rated® Green Dog Waste Bag Dispenser for Leash (Includes 30 scented bags)
Earth Rated® Green Dog Waste Bag Dispenser for Leash (Includes 30 scented bags)

After trying many different doggie doo clean-up bags and dispensers, this has become my favorite. The lid twists off when it is time to replace the bag, there is a velcro strip that makes it easy to attach to a dog leash or belt loop and there is a hook where I can hang the used bags until I find a garbage can.

 

Must Have Item to Take to the Dog Park - Clean-up Bags, Water and treats

Although the dog park normally has a supply of bags in the meadow area, you still must travel from your car to the off leash area and it seems like my dogs always want to go before we get to where the bags are, so I carry my own.

My Favorite Dog Water Dispenser

Gulpy Water Dispenser for Pet, 20-Ounce(Colors may vary)
Gulpy Water Dispenser for Pet, 20-Ounce(Colors may vary)

This water dispenser is my favorite because it includes the water bottle and a basin for drinking. The 20 ounce size is usually just right to have an adequate amount of water and it fits into the side pouches on my backpack.

 

Keep Your Dog Hydrated

At this time, Willis Tucker Dog Park does not have a water faucet and dogs get thirsty when running and playing, so bringing some water along for your dog is important.

Skye Takes a Break

Willis Tucker Dog Park
Willis Tucker Dog Park

"Tuckered out" from a visit to Willis Tucker Off-leash Dog Park

Time to go back home!

The park was named after the first county executive of Snohomish County, Willis Tucker. But it is fitting that you can get your dog "Tuckered out" at Willis Tucker County Park Off-Leash Dog area! Finally Skye laid down in a pile of bark, too tired to play anymore. Time to take my tired dogs home.


Not all dog parks are suitable for all dogs - Learn how to be safe and have fun

Dog parks are great - just not for every dog, every time. 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: Evaluate your dog's temperament to decide if he's dog park ready. What design features a well-planned dog park should have. Teach your dog four simple behaviors to make him dog park safe. How to read canine body language to avoid problems. Dog park etiquette for both dogs and humans.

Visiting the Dog Park: Having Fun, Staying Safe
Visiting the Dog Park: Having Fun, Staying Safe

A very helpful book 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.

 

Find an Off-leash Dog Park Near You

If your dog is ready for a trip to a dog park, this book is a great resources to help you find one. I find it particularly helpful when traveling with my dogs. After being cooped up in the car on a road trip, it makes it easy to find a place for some off-leash exercise.

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Off leash dog parks are a brilliant idea. Great lens.

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      oztoo lm 6 years ago

      Lovely lens and what a great idea to have dog parks. Good for both dogs and their owners by the sound of it.

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      Sherry Venegas 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

      This so a wonderful place for dogs and people.

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