Dog with leash ready for a walkWe sweated through the September heat waves, but as soon as October rolled around, we knew we had much to look forward to: cooler days and nights and… National Walk Your Dog Week! Colleen Paige, the mastermind behind other trending holidays, started National Walk Your Dog Week in 2010 to get us thinking about canine behavioral issues and canine obesity.

With our patients’ health and wellness in mind, we pulled together this list of favorite Bay Area dog parks and walking spots. Hope you find some new places to get some fresh air with your best friend!

Campbell

Los Gatos Creek County Dog Park

http://www.losgatosca.gov/170/Parks-Trails-Locations

This dog park features artificial turf and is a fun place to roam! There are fenced and separated areas for small and large dogs.

Concord

The Paw Patch at Newhall Park

http://www.cityofconcord.org/page.asp?pid=3025

The Paw Patch is known for its fenced and separated grassy areas for small and big dogs. Easy walking trails run along the lake that bustles with bird-life year-round.

Oakland

Lake Temescal

http://www.ebparks.org/parks/temescal

This conveniently located urban park has plenty of parking and is known for its scenic trails. One regular visitor shared that people tend to be very nice here and keep their dogs on leash.

Pleasant Hill

Paso Nogal Park

http://www.pleasanthillrec.com/Facilities/Facility/Details/Paso-Nogal-Park-10

An open space oasis with plenty of room to play and run. This popular park includes fenced and separated grassy areas for small and big dogs.

Pleasanton

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park

http://www.ebparks.org/parks/pleasanton

Stroll around Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park and take in the views of Pleasanton and Livermore Valley.

For urban walking, you can’t beat downtown Pleasanton. Many locales there are dog friendly.

Richmond

Point Isabel

http://www.ebparks.org/parks/pt_isabel

One visitor told us she loves to visit Point Isabel as much for the dog watching as the dog walking. It’s a place where dog groups tend to converge, so on one hillside you may see a group of Great Danes and in another area, a group of German Shepherds. There are many trails to explore, with options for walking along the water or through the grass. Point Isabel also has a café and grooming facility.

San Francisco

Land’s End

https://www.nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/landsend.htm

Lands End never gets old—for pets or their people. Scenic and brisk, it’s the quintessential Bay Area day trip.