Small dogs get a place of their own to play in East Lansing


High-energy dogs that are sedentary can develop myriad behavioral and health problems. Even the small ones can do a lot of damage in a short amount of time if left to their own devices. One scroll through social media will show dogs wearing signs bemoaning their various crimes: “I ate my human’s homework,” “I tore up the garbage” or the popular naughty dog image with the sign “I went into my mom’s purse while she was asleep, ate a bright red tube of lipstick and chewed up three one-dollar bills.”

The fact remains, getting your dog outside to play is good for a variety of reasons. Many don’t feel comfortable at dog parks due to larger dogs intimidating the little ones, and vice versa.

The city of East Lansing is making that easier with their announcement of a new 5,625-square-foot, fenced-in area for small dogs now open to the public.

The new area, located in the northeast section of the Northern Tail Dog Park, 6400 Abbot Road, is a space for dogs weighing less than 22 pounds.

“We are excited for the opening of this new amenity at the Northern Tail Dog Park,” said East Lansing Parks, Recreation and Arts Assistant Director Wendy Wilmers Longpre. “This is something the community has expressed a need for, and it certainly adds to the quality of life in our wonderful community.”

Admission to the park is free. Hours are from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day and the park is open to all members of the community.

The same rules will apply in the new area. For example, dogs must be leashed when entering and exiting the park and must be 4 months old or older to enter the off-leash park. For a full list of rules, click here.

The next time you are inclined to shame your dog with a sign around its neck admitting it ate a bottle of glitter and is now leaving shiny little “gifts” around your small backyard, consider taking them to a dog park instead. The fresh air and playtime could do them, and you, a world of good.


Tags: dog park, east lansing, small dogs

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