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The Dog Pond

Looking for a great way to beat the Alabama heat? Want to take the ENTIRE family to enjoy one of the Gulf Coast’s cool and refreshing lakes? You won’t want to miss the newly-opened “Dog Pond” at Lake Shelby in Gulf State Park. This incredible outdoor doggie playground is designed specifically for man’s best friend, with agility courses, play equipment, and a special dog-friendly swimming area. Fun for the entire family, this is a must for dog-lovers, friends of the four-legged, and anyone looking to treat their favorite pet to a vacation of their own at this Alabama state park.

Fun Facilities for Fido at the Dog Pond

While dogs are not allowed on the white sand beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, they are more than welcome at the Dog Pond. In fact, this entire facility was built with them in mind. Your pooch will love racing through the hooped obstacle course, careening across the doggie balance beams, and vaulting over the colorful jump-bars that dot the grassy and sandy shores. (Properly trained dogs are allowed off-leash so long as they respond to verbal commands). Agility runs are ideal for training exercises, and the kids will love to doggie-bone teeter-totters, shady picnic spots, and oodles and oodles of friendly lovable dogs that come to enjoy this newly renovated park from miles around. After a spirited workout, why not reward your pup with a game of fetch in the cool, shallow waters of Lake Shelby? After all, it’s not every day that your canine friend can enjoy a beach day during the dog days of summer at this Alabama State park!

Helpful Tips

All dogs with up to date vaccines and identification are welcome at the Dog Pond. Leashes must be in-hand, but are not required if your dog is properly trained. Dogs in heat or showing any signs of aggression will be asked to leave, and dog owners are responsible for their pets at all times (and must remain within visual contact). Facilities and equipment are provided to clean up after your pet. No dog food is allowed in the park (it can incite fights), but treats are okay – especially as rewards for a job well done on the agility course. NOTE: Lake Shelby is home to all manner of wildlife, including alligators, so pet owners should be vigilant at all times.

Thanks to the pet-friendly premium vacation rentals from Harris Properties and Our Gulf Shore Vacations, you don’t have to leave your four-legged friend at home next time you head south for vacation! And, thanks to the newly refurbished Dog Pond at Gulf State Park, everyone can enjoy a fun day at the beach on Alabama’s sunny Gulf Coast.