Littles Unleashed: Best Dog Parks for Small Dogs in the Twin Cities

Photo: Gabriel Crismariu

Does your teacup pup long for an off-leash lifestyle, but feel intimidated by the kindly but v. tall Danes and Shepherds of the world? Luckily, many local dog parks have special fenced-off areas areas just for small dogs. To name just a few fan faves, there’s Lake of the Isles Off-Leash Recreation Area in Minneapolis, Alimagnet Dog Park in Burnsville, Carver Park Reserve Dog Park in Victoria, and Lake Minnewashta Off-Leash Dog Park in Chanhassen.

We’ve also got two resources where you can sniff out even more of the best dog parks for small dogs in the Twin Cities:

1. We’ve got a furbulous Dog Park Directory, where you can filter your search by features like small-dog areas, swimming holes, heated shelters, night lights, and more.

2. We also have an active online community for Twin Cities dog lovers where local recommendations abound.

Before you head to your fave off-leash parks, be sure to avoid getting stink eye from fellow park visitors: read up on dog park etiquette and off-leash park pet peeves.

Viva la freedom!

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