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Wantage Dog Park

Bring Fido to get some exercise at the Wantage Dog Park in Wantage, NJ. This eight-acre fenced dog park is the largest in the tri-state area and features separate sections for big, small and older dogs, as well as waste disposal bags, umbrellas for shade, agility equipment and benches for humans. Visit Website

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BringFido Guest Rating

Wantage Dog Park has received a rating of 4.1 out of 5 bones by 17 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Melinda
    Sep 1, 2023

    huge beautiful park. great bunch of pups.

  • Mimi
    Aug 6, 2021
    HUGE, Wonderful Park

    This park is huge and has lovely areas to sit while your pup(s) play. Ours loved the fact that they could roam and we loved that we could sit. Many lovely, well-behaved dogs where there while we visited. Quite clean and beautiful grass (no mud).

  • Jamie
    Mar 15, 2019
    Awesome, huge park!

    The only bad thing about this park is that it's 25min away from my house. The park is seriously huge and there's an awesome agility course off to the side! Beyond the fence there is a stream that's awesome in the warm months! I've always encountered super friendly dogs and people, never had a bad experience! They do ask for a $1 donation since there's a lot of maintenance required for such a large space!

  • Robyn
    Jul 4, 2018
    Great Place/not So Great Owners

    Really large nice park but owners with aggressive dogs that don’t pay attention.

  • Michael
    More than a year ago
    Wonderful place to Roam

    Went there with a large breed. About 6 other dogs were there when we got there. Great people, great dogs. Was told of a little stream behind. Went down there with dog ( signs ask to keep on-leash). Came back and there were anther 6 dogs and those that didn't want to interact seemed to have plenty of room to make that clear. The excercise/training equipment could use an update, but otherwise very happy place to be!

  • Nancy
    More than a year ago
    Happy Tails

    Best Park around..99% percent of the dogs and people are great..which is a home run compared to other parks i've been too..worth the hour ride for us!

  • Angela J.
    More than a year ago
    Aggressive Owners/Dogs

    I won't go back... no supervision to make sure insane people with aggressive dogs are not in the park. I went there today and a woman who I will call Meth Mouth was there with a pit bull named Lady and her dog kept attacking other dogs and people. The dog attacked my dog and me and I had to fight the dog off... then the woman tried walking out of the park with my dog and I had to wrestle my dog out of her arms.

  • Taylor
    More than a year ago
    Deion and Devien

    What a great place.Clean lots of room I think 6 or 7 acres.My two Goldens love to swim in the stream. All the Dogs and Dog Owners were real friendly

  • Maddy
    More than a year ago
    great park

    First , I would like to say this is by far the best park. as far as size and being fenced in. There is a fresh running stream down the hill in the back part of the park. As long as your dogs listen to your commands. It's the greatest . I take my two dogs to the park and they love it.. Now, for the things I don't like. . Some humans are not dog smart. It's not the dogs , it's the humans they bring along. Pick up your poop! I don't have to walk around making sure my dog doesn't sniff or eat another's dogs' poop. My dogs have gotten sick twice already and it's from the carelessness of the dog owners, not watching their pets!!! Pay attention to what your dogs are doing!.
    My dogs love to run and play with their new friends and I enjoy watching them get exercise.
    There's also fresh water which is great.
    I don't want to stop going but I can't keep shelling out money for pills from the vet.

  • Janet
    More than a year ago

    Large, clean with plenty of space for many dogs to have a great time. The people who bring their pets are almost as nice as their dogs. There is no place to compare to Wantage Dog Park. We love it.

  • Laurie
    More than a year ago
    aggressive dog 11/17/12

    usually i love to take my 6 month old choc lab there. Until today when a dog attacked my dog and clamped onto him no one responded so i hit the attacking dog only then did the owner respond with aggression towards me with vulgarity and aggression and name calling. He threatened to hit me............i tried to walk away from him and he kept coming after me with aggression and name calling. i WILL NEVER go there alone again. After he left a woman told me that she had told him he shouldnt bring his dog there. People that bring their dogs to dog parks should realize they NEED to interact with their dogs. Not stand around talking oblivious to what their dogs are doing!!!!!

  • Denise
    More than a year ago
    Keep the big dogs out of small dog park

    I enjoy bringing my small dogs (each weighing 5lbs) to the Wantage dog park but I don't understand why anyone would want to take your large dog out of the big dog park and put them in with the tiny dogs. Your big dog can easily hurt a smaller dog even if they are being friendly and playing. And whats the deal with the beagle lady... You need to supervise your dogs better. Stop giving everyone else advise about dogs when your own dogs are not exactly well behaved. We cringe when your unruly beagles are in the small dog park. You are not even paying attention as they are chasing the smaller dogs. Even if your dog thinks it is playing this is an appropriate way to play with a 5lb dog. Would you let your beagle chase a kitten around that was terrified of it....oh I forgot, you are to busy correcting all the other owners on what type of collar to use, etc. you didn't even notice your dog was misbehaving. Keep your beagle in the large dog park where he belongs and he can meet his match there.

  • Dog Park
    More than a year ago
    Some people ruin it for the rest of us!

    as much as I absolutely love taking my dogs to the Wantage Dog Park, I often have many problems while there. Since the park is self-regulating, there is no one making sure everyone follows the rules. My dogs love this dog park and it really is a nice park with running water, shaded areas, an agility course, the stream, a small dog area, cold water for purchase, etc BUT I cringe whenever I bring my dogs there because they always end up getting hurt/attacked/humped aggressively. I just wish people would learn how to control their dogs before letting them off leash and if they cannot trust their dog off leash then the dog park is not the place for them to be exercised. There is a nice park behind the dog park with walking paths, take your dog there to exercise it if it has bad dog manners.
    Some of my negative experiences include: weekends are horrible and filled with people who decide, on a whim, to take their untrained dog to the dog park. Last weekend, I saw a mom with four small children, two 8 week old puppies, and two large unneutered male dogs. Needless to say, the mom could not control the dogs (none-the-less her children) and actually allowed her children to eat ice cream while walking around the dog park with a ton of dogs following them around, talk about stupid people! There is also a woman who repeatedly breaks the two-dogs-per-person rule and always brings FOUR of her dogs, even after being told she is not allowed by Stu (the owner). She also brings a toy and complains when other dogs steal it from her dogs. Hello, what did you expect? It is a dog park after all!
    I wish I didn’t have negative things to say since it really is a nice dog park, it just sucks that stupid people have to mess it up for the rest of us! My dogs are trained, listen very well both on and off leash, have good dog manners/behavior, have been around other dogs their entire life, and have no problems at the dog park… it’s real sad that I had to train my dogs to defend themselves during fights/humping. It shouldn’t occur!

  • Sandra
    More than a year ago
    best place ever!

    my pup love the dog park.. they have chairs and umbrellas to get some shade, water for dogs and humans. nice dogs, nice people (except for a few) we almost always have a good time. he's never gotten seriously hurt, i watch him every second. i even hose him down with water to cool off.

    the bugs are crazy there, so bring something for those that are these little annoying nats. sometimes the gates need fixing and a good weed wacking job would be awesome.

    i want to suggest to put the agility course on flat land and closer together because the dogs lose intrest really quickly. and get rid of the rocks around that area and close up the a-frame and update some of the wood. all in all it's awesome. i wish there was more for the humans to do there!!! thanks!!!

  • Stephanie
    More than a year ago
    Lots of Fun for Social Dogs

    My Rhodesian Ridgeback is the most social dog I've ever met. He always has lots of fun running around with the other dogs. If you're fearful of bigger dogs hurting your dog, there is also a section for smaller breeds. Most dogs at the park are extremely friendly and end scuffles quickly. There's always fresh water and doggy bags, so no need to bring your own. If you're looking for an outing with your dog or trying to tire out a hyper active pup then this is the place to go.

  • Colleen
    More than a year ago
    Huge Dog Park!

    My 3 year old German Shepherd and Golden Retriever puppy love Wantage Dog Park from the stream to the agility course to the acres of land to roam around. There's running well water available for the hounds and cold bottled water for the humans. During the week there's not many people unless you catch the after work crowd but the weekends are always booked! In the summer the grass gets a little long sometimes so be careful of snakes along the fence. The winter in fun in the snow but once it melts it becomes a muddy mess. The agility course is fun to play on, it's not competition level and is very spread out but fun for the dogs to play on instead. All the agility equipment is stationary and does not move. If your dog loves swimming (and listens off leach) there's a stream out the back left corner gate just down the path a bit, my dogs love it! The steam stays pretty shallow but does have one section that gets just deep enough for the big dogs to swim. Be cautious of toys though, I've lost plenty of toys in the current. My dogs absolutely loved this dog park and we used to attend regularly, until my German Shepherd rolled down the hill over a large stick and punctured her side very deep and needed surgery, after that I decided she was getting hurt too many times (from broken nails to broken ribs) so we no longer attend as much. =(

  • Beth
    More than a year ago

    Lots of running space for dogs (7 acres) and a stream for swimming if dog responds to voice commands. We traveled 1 hour to get there and the dog was the happiest I had ever seen. She is a Black Lab and really enjoyed the water.

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