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08-30-2014 12:39 AM
Mesonoxian
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Yes, Kirk park is a "dog beach" where they are allowed off leash. It isn't completely fenced, but that never bother me. I don't have dogs that would run off.
When we've been there, 90% of the dogs were off leash and doing well, a few were on 6ft leashes, an occasional flexi, and a couple long line dogs.

When we were out there in late July, Lena had SO much fun. She is under voice control off leash, but is almost never comfortable enough to play with other dogs around. (she's a bit of a nervous BYB - gotten before I educated myself a little - but has improved a lot, I think.) This past trip, she was so comfortable, she played fetch with a stick on the beach for a looong time. Even with other dogs all up in her face and space. What a way to celebrate her 8th birthday!

ETA: Sorry for the rabbit trail
08-30-2014 12:32 AM
Mesonoxian
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We might have. I'd be the one scrambling to put his dog on a leash before some sees.
Haha, us too! Lena does well off leash, but most people we come across seem very uncomfortable or nervous in a situation like that; and I like being attached to my girl when unknown dogs are around.

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We need to setup a time and day, maybe a Sunday afternoon?
I would love to come and crash the GSD party, if no one minds a flufffy little 30# spitz hanging with the big dogs!
08-30-2014 12:31 AM
DJEtzel Yes, Kirk park is a "dog beach" where they are allowed off leash. It isn't completely fenced, but that never bother me. I don't have dogs that would run off.
08-30-2014 12:27 AM
jjk454ss
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We love going out there! I wonder if we've passed on the trails? I've seen a couple different shepherds out there, but we usually try to keep our distance because Lena can be reactive and most people don't like that. (understandably)
We might have. I'd be the one scrambling to put his dog on a leash before some sees.

We need to setup a time and day, maybe a Sunday afternoon?
08-29-2014 11:56 PM
Mesonoxian
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Id be up for it. Saugatuck Dunes State Park is a good place too. You can take the north trails staying away from where anyone goes to sit on the beach, we go there quite often.
We love going out there! I wonder if we've passed on the trails? I've seen a couple different shepherds out there, but we usually try to keep our distance because Lena can be reactive and most people don't like that. (understandably)
08-29-2014 11:47 PM
jjk454ss Id be up for it. Saugatuck Dunes State Park is a good place too. You can take the north trails staying away from where anyone goes to sit on the beach, we go there quite often.
08-29-2014 11:34 PM
Mesonoxian
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Is Kirk park in holland sound of Grand Haven?
Kirk park is more in the West Olive area (But yes, south of Grand Haven). Its a nice beach, and last time I was there we saw a nice variety of dogs, and they all seemed to be well under control.

The only thing I would point out is that even though it is listed/advertised as a fenced dog beach, it is not entirely enclosed. There's just a low beach fence that marks the boundary of the dog beach area. It's about 1/4 mi walk from the parking lot to the beach, and there is a flight of stairs down the dune to get to the shoreline.

ETA: Kirk park used to have a no dog policy for the beach, but I believe they added the dog approved area sometime last year.
08-29-2014 11:30 PM
onyx'girl yes, Holland is S. of G. Haven.... is it a dog friendly beach? Deerlick use to be a great private spot to go, just South of S. Haven, North of Covert but now is all mcmansions and supposedly off limits. BOO! It had a great private stream with flat stones lining the stream into the lake. We treasured it.
08-29-2014 11:20 PM
DJEtzel
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no big deal in organizing a meet up, but truthfully, most GSD's aren't going to be as happy to 'meet up' as their owners, so either a training type outing or a dog park dynamic is a given. I would love to hit a dog beach on Lake MI before the water gets icy. Not sure where (south of Grand Haven) there is a dog beach?
Is Kirk park in holland sound of Grand Haven?
08-29-2014 11:14 PM
onyx'girl no big deal in organizing a meet up, but truthfully, most GSD's aren't going to be as happy to 'meet up' as their owners, so either a training type outing or a dog park dynamic is a given. I would love to hit a dog beach on Lake MI before the water gets icy. Not sure where (south of Grand Haven) there is a dog beach?
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