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Joyful Adventures at Dog friendly Jamesville Beach

There is nothing quite like watching our pets run and play and interact with other pups. We have an exceptional place nearby that takes this to a new level. Jamesville Beach is a short trek from Syracuse and has a great space for dogs. On one side of the park there is a great beach and picnic area for family picnics. ( Note dogs must be leashed in this area and are not allowed on the beach). The other half of the park is an off-leash dog park which has a large area in which dogs can run, play and socialize with other dogs.(This area may be off-limits during special events)

A space to run

From the parking area, the park opens up into a wide expansive area where the dogs can run, chase balls, and experience unbridled joy of free sprints across the landscape. What a great way for them to release some energy. It is an unfenced area. You must have good control of your dog and he must have a good recall or you risk a runaway pet. 

Learning to socialize

Some dogs are social. Jamesville Beach Dog Park can be a wonderful place for these social dogs to meet and mingle other breeds and become comfortable with other dogs personalities. Unfortunately, not all dogs are social. My own Declan would not be able to go to this park. He would become very scared and reactive. It could spell disaster for my dog as well as others. It is important that you recognize and respect your dogs boundaries. If you have concerns, you should consult a professional dog trainer or behaviorist on how best to address socialize your dog.

Nature Trails

The open expanse leads into a wooded area which leads to Butternut Creek. These areas are great for the sensory canines in our midst. The smells of little critters and plant material are a sensory feast for our little companions, which lead us to the festive creek that has places for them to cool off and relax, or play.

The park is a haven for those social dogs that love to run and play ( and have a good recall). Besides watching our furry friends run in unbridled joy, the park also offers us humans an opportunity to connect and bond with our dogs. Does this park sound like it is suitable for your dog? Then grab some treats and check it out.

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This handsome boy is estimated to be between 1-2 years of age. Wandering alone in November of 2022, cold, miserable and very hungry as a stray, he just so happened across the right house because a nice lady took him in. He is potty-trained, crate-trained, knows basic commands, hand signals, and is practicing on his loose leash walking and heel command.
BONUS: Ollie has graduated from Mind Your Manners Level 1 Training at CNY Pet Training!
He’d truly excel with an active family and a fenced yard where he can run and fetch to his heart’s content. He LOVES head rubs, butt scratches, playing with other dogs, going for car rides, going on longer hikes or runs, and curling up on the couch with you. This food-motivated, intelligent guy aims to please and learns quickly.

Please contact Friends of Second Chance.

Friends of Second Chance Canine Adoption Shelter
6660 E. Seneca Turnpike
Jamesville, NY 13078

Capture your journey with your pet. Nancy Kieffer is a pet and nature photographer serving  Central New York, the Adirondacks and Beyond.  Capture how you share your life with your pet! It may be a vacation adventure or curled up on the couch. Travel assignments welcomed.

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  1. Carol

    This looks like such a nice park! My dogs have terrible recall, but we have long leashes for that. They love the water so we like to call it “fishing for dogs” because we keep them on leash…haha!

  2. Tracy Allard

    What a fun place for the dogs, they all look so happy! Here’s to wishing your beautiful images do their magic for Ollie and he finds his forever home soon!

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