In addition to outlining the best dog parks in New Orleans, we’re also pleased to have our own dedicated park for the pups: Bella Bark at Bella Ridge. Whether you choose to let your dog run and play at Bella Bark or one of the city’s other great dog parks, there are definitely a few rules to keep in mind! Keep scrolling to review dog park etiquette and safety information.
All dogs love to run and play, but not all dogs are good candidates for a dog park full of other dogs with different personalities. Here are a few ways to determine whether or not your dog should be at the park:
Our dog park — like most dog parks — has general rules and requirements. Familiarize yourself with them below!
Rules are just one half of the dog park experience. The other half is courtesy and etiquette. Here are a few ways you can maximize dog park enjoyment, both for the humans and their four-legged friends.
The Association of Professional Dog Trainers has several helpful tips on behaviors to watch for while you’re supervising your dog’s park playtime. Note: if you see signs of aggression, you will need to intervene. Try a non-physical intervention first, such as clapping or whistling. Remember, physically separating dogs is a last resort! Instead, plan on prevention wherever possible.
Signs of Anxiety:
Signs of Fear:
Signs of Aggression:
When you have a dog, they’re part of the family. And just as you want the very best space for yourself and loved ones, you also want the best apartments for dogs in New Orleans so your four-legged friend is happy at home.
1st Lake Properties is a pet-friendly company with thousands of apartments ideal for dogs across Greater New Orleans. We know how important it is to have a happy pet! And there are a few of our properties especially suited to pups for their proximity to sprawling outdoor spaces like Lafreniere Park.
Even better, Bella Ridge has a dog park called Bella Bark right on the premises that’s ideal for you and your dog.
Learn more about our pet policies and best apartments for dogs in New Orleans below.
How great would it be to have a dog park at arm’s length? That’s the reality at Bella Ridge, a luxury apartment community in River Ridge that’s thought of every last detail from oversized tubs to a dedicated space for your pet.
The on-site dog park, Bella Bark, is a safe, convenient, well-lit place for dogs and owners alike to mingle and get some fresh air. It also features agility equipment to keep your dog fit while having fun. This exclusive dog park is available only for Bella Ridge residents — contact us today for specials!
Several of our Metairie apartment communities like Sandpiper, Parktowne, Boardwalk, and Breakers are all just a short distance from Lafreniere Park. This sprawling green space in Metairie features a dog park called Bark Park, a 5-acre space just for pups.
The park is open on Tuesdays through Sundays from 7 a.m. until dusk. On Mondays, the park opens at 1 p.m. and remains open through dusk. Separated into two sub-parks — one for large dogs and one for dogs under 22 pounds — Bark Park features agility courses and scenic views.
In New Orleans, you never need a reason to don a crazy outfit – even your pet dog needs costume ideas!
Whether it’s Halloween, the Mystic Krewe of Barkus parade, or anything in between, here are a few pet costume ideas for your dog.
Each year, the Mystic Krewe of Barkus hosts a Mardi Gras parade just for the dogs. Created in 1992, this pet-focused festivity marches through the French Quarter with man’s best friend as the main attraction. Pets in costumes is highly encouraged, with their humans acting as their escorts.
Need some pet costume ideas for your dog’s Barkus outfit? Here’s some inspiration:
Outfitting your pet in green, yellow and purple is the perfect way to celebrate the Carnival season. You’ll definitely be in good company with other Barkus paraders on the big day!
For an easy DIY costume, you can bedeck your dog in patriotic colors using ribbons tied around his collar. Or, you can browse these patriotic costumes. Bonus points: they’ll double as costumes for the 4th of July!
Identical costumes for both humans and pets is always a parade-goer’s favorite. Sporting the same tutu, fun hat, or crazy sunglasses as your pet is a great way to get in the festive spirit together!
Party City has an online shop with dozens of pet costumes to choose from, related to pop culture, classic themes, pirates, superheroes and more. You can also visit the Party City retail store in the Elmwood shopping center right near our new Bella Ridge property.
Your feline friend probably won’t be as willing to don a costume, but if you decide she just can’t be without a Mardi Gras getup, consider online shops like Etsy that sell handmade cat costumes. Just remember that Fluffy might be more inclined for a festive collar rather than a full-on costume – most pet stores have a wide selection of cat collars in fun colors and patterns.