I’m always thinking I’m too lazy for any sort of higher energy dog because it’s so difficult with Potter, but then I remember that it’s so hard to get Potter to play and he isn’t trained enough on…
Oooh yeah I wouldn’t want to pay for nature either. We are probably moving just outside of Dallas. Hopefully there is some stuff to do over there D:
Sorry for butting in (I spend a lot of time lurking dog blogs and happened to find yours that way), but I have some recommendations for the DFW area. There are actually several really nice dog parks!
Railroad Park - This one is great for dogs who like to run, run, run. Even on pleasant weekends, it doesn’t seem to get too crowded and most of the time the other people/dogs are good.
Wagging Tail - I haven’t actually been to this one because I hear the parking is atrocious, but it looks nice.
NorthBark - This one is HUGE and has a big dog ‘swimming hole’ for dogs who like to swim.
All three of those are free. I am reasonably sure there are several others in the area, too.
There are also a lot of nice parks to go on walks and hikes. Breckenridge Park in Richardson is a beautiful paved path; Arbor Hills in Plano has paved + nature trails but it can get extremely crowded on weekends; L. B. Houston near Farmer’s Branch is a DORBA-sponsored mountain bike trail network that welcomes leashed dogs (and it’s almost never crowded); there are dog-friendly trails around Lake Grapevine; and there’s a beautiful nature preserve with some challenging trails called Cedar Ridge near Duncanville that never fails to knock out our dogs. All of these are free, too, although Cedar Ridge has a donation box out front. These are ones I can think of off the top of my head, but you can check out DORBA’s website for more information about trails. Most of them welcome leashed dogs and because DORBA maintains them, they’re in pretty good shape.
I’ve also used Meetup.com to find dog meet-ups in the area too, which is a great way to get a small group play date in. I hope that helps!