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Whidbey Island's Patmore Pit Dog Park

Updated on July 16, 2014

Patmore Pit Dog Park - Room for Dogs to Run Off-Leash on Whidbey Island

If at all possible I like to take my dogs with me wherever I go and Whidbey Island is one of my favorite places. Whidbey Island is great destination for people who live in the Seattle area and are looking for either a day trip, a weekend getaway or a longer vacation. In addition to being beautiful and having a lot of things to see and do, Whidbey Island is special to me because of many fond childhood memories from vacations spent there with my parents.

Now when I go and take my dogs along, Patmore Pit Off-Leash Dog Park is always on the itinerary. It is a huge 40 acre off leash area with lots of room to run located approximately in the middle of the 50 mile long Whidbey Island. No matter whether it is rain or shine, Patmore Pit is one of our favorite Whidbey Island dog parks.

Where is Patmore Pit Dog Park? - A Map of Whidbey Island Washington

A markerPatmore Pit Off-Leash Dog Park -
530 Patmore Road, Coupeville, WA
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Enter Patmore Pit Off-Leash Dog Park - Patmore Pit Off-Leash Dog Park Entrance

(Photo by VickiSims)

Parking for Patmore Pit Dog Park is along the sides of a dead end street which can end up with quite a few cars. But don't let the presence of 20 or more vehicles lead you to be concerned that the park will be too crowded. The view from the double-gated entrance shown in this photo provides only a glimpse of how huge this dog park really is. I have no idea why it was called Patmore "Pit" since the entire park is very flat. The volunteers who support the park provide a handy dispenser of clean-up bags at the entrance. There is also a porta-potty for humans.

Doggie Clean-up Supplies - Handy Clean-up Bags and Containers

Although Patmore Park has clean-up bags provided , I always like to carry a supply with me in case there is an "oops" moment before I get to where the bags are located. My bags are on a dispenser attached to my dog leash, so I never have to remember to grab some on my way out of the door.

Earth Rated Leash Dispenser for Dog Waste Bags, Includes 15 Lavender-Scented Poop Bags
Earth Rated Leash Dispenser for Dog Waste Bags, Includes 15 Lavender-Scented Poop Bags

This fun pet waste dispenser looks like a hazmat container and comes with 15 biodegradable bags.

 
Green N Pack Green Bone Dispenser with 40 Eco-Friendly Refill Bags
Green N Pack Green Bone Dispenser with 40 Eco-Friendly Refill Bags

This green bone-shaped pet waste dispenser comes with 2 rolls off eco-friendly refill bags.

 
Black Retractable Dog Leash w Built-In Waste Bags & Flashlight
Black Retractable Dog Leash w Built-In Waste Bags & Flashlight

This retractable dog leash includes a flashlight and pet waste dispenser - everything you need for walking your dog.

 

Forested Trails or Wide Open Fields - Choose Your Direction at Patmore Pits

(Photo by VickiSims)

After entering the Patmore Pit Dog Park gate you can either go right to trails through the forest or left to a wide open grassy meadow. I always make a big loop starting by going to the right through the forest. There are a few places to sit if don't feel like walking.

Make Sure Your Dog Stays Hydrated - Be Sure to Bring Some Water for Your Dog

Patmore Pit Dog Park does not have any running water and although sometimes kind volunteers leave some bottled water, you can't count on water being available. I strongly recommend bringing along your own water and drinking container for your dog. This dog park is very large, so your dog will probably need a drink before you get back to your vehicle.

Lixit Waterboy Travel Water Bowl
Lixit Waterboy Travel Water Bowl

This handy travel water container bowl holds 3 quarts of water and lies flat to make it easy for your dog to get a drink.

 

Wander the Forested Trails of Patmore Pit - Native Shrubs and Trees of Whidbey Island

(Photo by VickiSims)

My dogs enjoy the forested trail area with lots of extra side trails that I'm sure must have lots of great smells.

Native Shrubs Along the Trails at Patmore Pit - Washington State Flower - Coast Rhododendron

Washington-State-Rhododendron
Washington-State-Rhododendron

(Photo by VickiSims)

Patmore Pit dog park also provides a great place for humans to enjoy a walk. The forested trail is lined with native trees and shrubs including this rhododendron which, although not blooming when this photo was taken, is the state flower of Washington.

Indian Plum in Bloom - Another Northwest Native Plant

Indian-Plum
Indian-Plum

(Photo by VickiSims)

I also saw several Indian Plum (Oemleria cerasiformis) in bloom along the trail. These are one of the earliest blooming native shrubs in the Pacific Northwest. It was February when I took this photo.

Patmore Pit Dog Park Meadow Area - Room to Run and Play at Patmore Pit

(Photo by VickiSims)

Emerging from the forest as we continue around the loop, next we enter the huge grassy meadow area at Patmore Pit Dog Park. This area is huge and gives dogs plenty of of room to run and play fetch or frisbie.

Play Frisbie or Fetch at Patmore Pit Dog Park - Dog Toys to Enjoy in the Grassy Meadow

The Benefits of Off-Leash Dog Areas

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

Patmore Pit Small Dog Area - Small Dog Area at Patmore Pit Whidbey Island

(Photo by VickiSims)

If you have a small dog that doesn't like to play with the big dogs or that you are concerned about losing in such a large park, there is a separate securely fenced area for small dogs.

Visiting the Dog Park: Having Fun, Staying Safe - By Cheryl S. Smith

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 all dogs. I found this book to be a valuable tool to help me learn practical skills like how to evaluate my dog's temperament to decide if he's dog park ready and to learn how to read canine body language to avoid problems. I can now recognize the signs that my dogs are getting stressed or over stimulated and need some down time. The book also contains some great dog park etiquette tips for both humans and dogs!

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.

 

Patmore Pits Dog Park Bulletin Board - The Bulletin Board at Patmore Pits

(Photo by VickiSims)

The bulletin board at Patmore Pits is a handy place to find information about the dog park and local dog news, leave comments and also serves as a lost and found repository where you can leave items you find or look for any items that may have fallen out of your pocket in the park.

Leash-up When You Leave the Dog Park - Non-Slip Martingale Collars and Great Leashes

Martingale collars (also called non-slip collars) prevent a dog from slipping out of their collar. Martingale collars will prevent a dog from giving you "the slip". A good leash is always essential to have - I actually have several for my dogs. The dog park is a good place for advanced recall practice using a long lead leash since it is certainly a place that is full of distractions.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      What a great dog park. Enjoyed your review. My Toby would love it. I just may need to make a trip to Whidbey Island. I've always wanted to visit.

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      BarbsSpot 4 years ago

      @Lensmaster...Enjoyed this trip through your dog park. We're trying to fund an off-leash park where I live. Cee-Cee (left in the picture) won Best Curly-Tailed in our fundraiser last year! So we were able to contribute to the park and are hoping it opens in a year, or so. Nice Lens!

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      greenmind 4 years ago

      I love dog parks, and I don't even own a dog -- they look so happy in there!

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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      Looks like a lovely dog park. It's always great to have a place to share with your dog.

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      This is an informative lens, itâs very interesting. Thank you for sharing, I love your photos!