My dogs know without me having to say a word. Every time I turn my car into the entrance for Dunkirk District Park, I hear a low whine in the backseat. This is soon followed by very high-pitched, excited cries that I swear will shatter my ear drums one of these days. And they get even crazier as we get closer to the Dunkirk dog park, to the point where I’m attempting to plug one ear with one hand and drive with the other.
I think it’s safe to say that my dogs love the dog park at Dunkirk District Park. It’s one of my favorite places to take them here in Calvert County. They are both large, high-energy dogs (one is a Lab/Border Collie mix and the other is an Australian Cattle Dog/Kelpie), so they need a lot of room to run around and play fetch. If you are in South Calvert you can read about the Grays Road Dog Park.
Aside from a large play area, the dunkirk dog park offers some other amenities. There is a Mutt Mitt dispenser (which is sometimes empty, so I always bring my own bags), a couple of water pumps with hoses, a kiddie pool (if your dog likes to splash), and plenty of chairs for the humans. There is also a separate fenced-off area for small or shy dogs.
The grass is well-maintained, but dog owners are responsible for picking up after their pets. That said, watch where you step because some people don’t clean up. There are a few nice, big shade trees at the back of the park that offer a cooler spot for your dog to rest when he or she gets tired.
I usually find some random toys scattered around the park whenever I go, but my dogs are never interested in them. They only have eyes for either our Chuckit or the kiddie pool. After an hour or so, I have two tired and satisfied doggies that are more than happy to take a little cool-down walk through the park before we head home. And as any pet owner knows, tired dogs are quiet dogs.
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Dunkirk District Park