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Joe Rizal touts a splendid view of downtown Seattle, so free your dog and let him take it all in. (Image:

A Field Guide to Seattle's Dog Parks

The dog days of summer are just around the corner, which means it's prime time to hit the dog park. Remember, you should try to avoid taking your dogs (especially if you have a breed like a pug or bulldog) out during the hottest part of the day and opt for the earlier hours of the morning or later hours of the day when it's cooler. Without further ado, here's your manual to having a field day out with your faithful sidekick.

Warren G. Magnuson Park Off Leash Area
Home to Seattle's premiere dog beach, this humongous canine playground is an excellent spot for a spirited day out. A favorite of many a pooch, there is ample room here for some frisbee tossing and your dog to make new friends. Complete with water stations, bags for messes and a load of room for stretching those paws; your dog will be sure to love this mainstay.

Marymoor Off-Leash Dog Park
This east side doggie oasis is a dogsend. For those dog days of Summer, there are plenty of opportunities here for your buddy to take a dip in the water. Parking will cost you a buck or two, but after catching your dog's goofy grin, you'll know the drive out was definitely worth it.

Jose Rizal Park
Joe Rizal touts a splendid view of downtown Seattle, so free your dog and let him take it all in. When you enter off 12th Ave, you have to walk down a steep-ish hill, so wear good shoes when you make your way out to this one. Of all the dog parks on this list, this one definitely features the best all around view.

Regrade Off-Leash Area
This one's for the downtown dwellers out there. This dog park is on the smaller side, so it's great if you have a smaller breed. The convenience and accessibility of this dog parks lends itself to regulars, so get to know the neighborhood by bringing your furry afternoon date along with you.

Woodland Park Off-Leash Area
Located in a sleepy corner of Green Lake, this hilly dog park is a nice and shady retreat for mid-day romps. This off-leash area gets bonus points for being accessible and close to a lot of stuff. If you're in the mood for a stroll after your dog gets a game or two of fetch in, the surrounding area is excellent for that.