Desert Breeze Dog Park

Desert Breeze 3
Small dog park under 35 lbs
8425 W. Spring Mountain Road (at Durango)
Las Vegas, NV
Operating Hours:
6am-11pm
Managed By:
Clark County
Days Closed:
N/A
Fees:
None
Restrooms:
N/A
Park Size:
N/A
Type of Park:
Fenced
Other Notes:

This dog park has a separate area for small dogs under 30 pounds, lights, a gazebo, benches, water spigots, and trees.

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zenzinin's picture
A lot of people and dogs, some dog fights, but okay...
3

I wrote a review two months ago. Loved the park and everything but was never sure about the amount of people. Now, I know that I prefer lesser dogs for the sake of my dog. Here is what I mean:

Now that it's getting cooler, everyone is coming out. Between 6:30pm and 9pm is when there are most people. Normally, it is alright, but when there is a dog fight, it can escalate. Since we've been visiting other dog parks recently, I noticed that Desert Breeze is the only dog park that has a dog fight every other evening. Not knowing better or had other parks to compare to before, I had thought it was normal. Now I know it's not. Also, my dog seems to like to play with dogs a lot bigger than her... Big no-no. She gets bit a lot, and her yelps can be heard all over the park. Like the good owner I am, I get worried. At first, the other owners will show some concern to stop their dog (I really appreciate that bcs I don't want to get bitten by other people's dogs), but then they (and even I) get tired of coming between the dogs because the dogs keep going back at each other. Some owners there will tell me that Okami should learn to stand up for herself eventually. I completely agree with that (all the while holding myself back from saying "shove it" at the heat of the moment)! However, I don't agree if it means she's going to learn to be aggressive in the process. I found she started being aggressive to other dogs even when unprovoked. Time to change parks.

Conclusion:
This is still a really good park. It's just that everyone has their own way of believing how a dog should be like. One owner's dog who was biting down on my yelping dog actually told me that their dog wasn't biting down hard at all -_-. No hard feelings but that's pretty much subject to the dog who's crying, isn't it? Anyways, my point is that the more people there are at a dog park, the more different kinds of dogs and owners (and their beliefs about their dogs) you have to deal with.

zenzinin's picture
Only dog park I know...
4

This dog park has come a long way for the past 10 years since I've been visiting.

Pros:
Has grass, a water fountain, spacious, friendly community (well, mostly), friendly dogs (most), has separate small dog side and big dog side, overall clean.

Cons:
Only 2 benches to sit on (but you can sit on rocks), digging holes all around that doesn't ever get covered (I sprained my ankle in one that had been there for 2 months), some feces are left un-picked.

Could be pros or cons:
There can be a lot of people sometimes. Between 7-9pm, there can be from a dozen to 3 dozen dogs there.

This is the only dog park I've been to so I have no other parks to compare it to. Well, it's a pretty sociable community, and I know it because there are some people who has commented here that I recognize from either their dog's name or their description of other people... Lol.

We heard there was a better park down the street from Desert Breeze though, so we may permanently relocate Okami's place to play.

TJCHENG420's picture
SMALL DOGS IN A LARGE RUN

THE PROBLEM I HAVE WITH SOME PEOPLE BRINING SMALL DOG INTO THE LARGE DOG AREA IS THAT SOME SMALL DOGS THINK THERE LARGE DOGS AND TRY TO PLAY WITH THE BIG BOY'S OR ATTACK THE BIG DOGS ONE LADY BROUGHT HER TWO SMALL DOGS IN THE SECOND SHE PUT HER TWO LITTLE DOGS DOWN THE BIG DOG'S STARTED TO CHASE THE HER LITTLE DOG'S SHE FLIPED OUT AND YELLED AT THE BIG DOG OWNERS THAT THERE DOGS ARE AGGRISSIVE EVER ONE TOLD HER TO THAT SHE SHOULD NOT BRING CHEW-TOYS IN TOO THE BIG DOG RUN AND GET HERE LITTLE DOGS OUT BEFORE THEY UPDET THE BIG DOGS AND GET THEM SELF'S KILLED
I TOLD HERE MY ROTTWILER THINKS SMALL DOGS ARE SQUEEKE TOYS BECAUSE THE SOUND THEY SOMETIMES MAKE AND SOMETIMES WILL TRY TO MAKE THE THEM SQUEKE AND NO ONE WANTS TO SEE HER DOG'S HURT OR KILLED BY THE LARGE DOGS

christinaalay's picture
Never Again
1

This is by far, one of the worst dog parks that I have been to with my dogs. We visited for the first time today, and I was mortified. The amount of dog feces that was not cleaned up was completely disgusting. There is no water available. Will never visit again.

zoomdawg1960's picture
My Lola likes it here
3

There are other much nicer dog parks but this one's close to where we live. Most of the dogs and their owners are basically good respectable folks who care for their animals like family members. My Lola has fun whenever we go and that's the crux of the whole matter isn't it? We go for our pet's benefit not ours. There are some owners whom you can tell are just there because they have to be, but regardless of any "agenda" on an owner's part, as long as the dog has a good time is all that really matters. Some owners don't pick up after their four-legged charges, but most do. As for the water being turned off during the winter months, there is one fountain just outside the entrance to the large breed area. Plus I always make it a point to bring a large galvanized pail and a jerry can full of fresh water so all of the dogs can share. Sure there could be better seating and a more park-like nature, but as I'd said before, the park is there for the dog's benefit and not so much for the owner. And that's how it should be. My dog's an ex-farm dog and she's used to running around on dirt. Besides, grass only makes it harder to see and/or pick-up poop. And of course, my dog wouldn't know the difference between a 2 star or a 5 star park. As long as she has someone to play with and access to water is all she really cares about. And as long as she's happy, I'm happy!

Jenny C's picture
nice park, rude people.
3

This park is soo over crowed in the evening. Beware of one old lady that is there every night with her OVERWEIGHT dog Snoopy. She thinks she owns the park and is VERY rude and outspoken. Also a foul mouthed guy with Italian greyhounds, loves to argue with everyone. Nice park but won't be going back. Too many people fights!!!

Boxer Rick's picture
Pit bull fighting arena!
1

First time I took my boxer to this park he got attacked by a pit before we even went into the gate. Was lucky enough to get a good kick in because the lady had no control of her dog. Thought it was just bad luck that he got attacked the first time, so I met my friend there again and this time two pits went crazy inside the gates. One locked on pretty good to the other ones neck and that was the end of this park for me think a few other people.

fretz24's picture
Unfortunate run in
2

I have been to this dog park a few times in the past year since I have moved to Vegas. It appears that there are some people who come to this dog park nightly and may feel that they have ownership. I believe that if you bring a dog to a park there is a certain amount of stuff one runs into, including playful dogs, chasing dogs, sniffing dogs, dominating dogs. I think that we all know that this is something you get into when you come to a dog park. There are some regulars at this dog park who feel they need to regulate, I had one lady cussing at me, yelling, saying my dog was biting her dog when all I noticed is that they were playing. I was more then happy to get my dog I was taken by surprise, she started to scream at me and my family. I don't feel that I am a neglectful owner and there are some people who are. I guess my question is why do people come to the dog park to sit in lawn chairs with their dogs on their laps and yell at other dogs when they come sniffing and looking to play. This is a spacious dog park and I take 2 dogs including a Golden Retriever who does well with the small dogs and no one ever says anything about it. I do appreciate that aspect. However do to the territorial mentality of those "regulars" I will be the bigger person and find another park.

SANDY's picture
Breezee experience

Our dog really enjoyed the dog park. When we got there at dusk, we found a dapper gentleman reading a book with his bichon--nice.No clicks nor loud voiced humans just an appreciation for the grand May weather. Not too much poop just a fun place for Skipper to run. Then an immigrant pack entered with four dogs and eight kids...that needed to be reminded it is a dog park not romper room.The young kids were running around chasing the dogs--very degraded environment. The 54 inch waist Mama was outside the gate drinking a big gulp commenting to her three grown kids about each dog--lovely. Needless to say, we left after that..
Dogs were great ! The owners were "colorful"....

mariazdogznstuff's picture
dog parks in my opinion are
1

dog parks in my opinion are a breeding ground for diseases (parvo, distemper, rabies, etc..) due to so many foolish pet owners not getting their dogs vaccinated!! there-fore your foolish to take your puppy who's possibly not yet had his/her 3 vaccination boosters required to provide full protection against deadly viruses!!

EDITORS COMMENT: The rules at every dog park require that dogs be fully vaccinated before they come to the dog park.

Visitor's picture
Worst Dog Park I've ever been too
1

This park is poorly managed and the people who bring their animals to this park, half of the time can't control their dogs and the other half, don't pick up after them. There is little grassy areas for the dogs with the exception of the small dog area and the water fountains inside each area are turned off for most of the year, defeating their purpose for being accessible to "fresh" water for the animals that are brought there. I've been to ALOT better parks than this, considering its near the Lakes area of west las vegas, it should be ALOT nicer than this, but you can tell just by looking in there, that there's little to no funding going towards basic upkeep and maintenance of the facilities there. Remember YOUR tax dollars are supposed to be supporting these types of areas but obviously are not.

Visitor's picture
Poop infested, VERY DISAPPOINTED
1

We used to live across the street from this park and took my in-laws' bulldog here quite often back in 2006-2007, it was a decent dog park back then. Now we have a dog of our own and decided to take her there last night. I was VERY disappointed; owners are expected to clean-up after their pets, we were in the large dog area and apparently no one does this. There was dog poop EVERYWHERE. Not to mention, the other owners were more interested in gossip amongst themselves that they weren't aware of their dogs dominating my dog. One dog even grabbed some of the items in my dog's bag (that I was holding) and I had to chase it around the park to get them back!!! The owners didn't even flinch when I was yelling for help. THREE WORDS= FILTHY, GHETTO, DISAPPOINTING. I tried to play fetch with my dog and every time I threw her ball it landed next to a pile of crap. I will NEVER take her back here.

Visitor's picture
Leaving dogs
3

I enjoy taking my dog to this park, have not seen poop problems, except on occasion. I did experience a dog owner that left their dog at the park, said they were going to the restroom and did not come back for over an hour. I was so close to calling animal control since I was the last person there and kept waiting and watched a very stressful dog trying to jump the fence and running around and around the fence looking for its owners. It was soooo sad. I'd like to give them an earful if I ever see them at the park again.

oakiebug's picture
big and small dogs

Spoken like someone who has never had a small dog crunched by a big one. Even the most social of doggies get irritated and can attack. Way better if they are separated by size so that if it happens, the damage is minimized.

Visitor's picture
Great dog park, I don't see big poop problems :-P
4

I live close to this park so I go fairly frequently. Here are my observations

1) There is not a big poop problem from what I can tell. Yes, every once in a while, mostly in the big dog section, I'll come across some piles. But I've never been to a dog park where every owner was a perfect citizen. There is staff that regularly picks up what owners miss.

2) If you go in the morning or early evening, the people in each section are very friendly, chatty, with well-socialized dogs. If you go later at night or on the weekends, the big dog section can get some bad seeds, but it is not as big of a problem as it was when I first took my GSD puppy 4.5 years ago (back then the park was pretty crappy, but it has improved a lot!). Since my experiences then, I have avoided the big dog section on the weekends when it gets crowded, so the weekend situation may have changed.

3) Yes, people sometimes disobey the weight limits, but I have never seen it be an issue. The fact is that some big dogs don't want to play rough, they just want to hang out or say hi to a lot of people, and it's easier to do that in the small dog section. I'm curious why this would bother anyone. I'm guessing it's the owners and not the dogs who are intimidated by this.

Honestly, I much prefer dog parks that don't separate by weight, and make one big shared area. It forces people to only bring dogs that get along with everyone. This was my favorite thing about the dog parks in San Diego when I lived there.

Visitor's picture
This place sucks
1

If you want your dog to step on poop, smell poop, and want poop to get into your vehicle after then this is the park for you otherwise I'd go to another one. Sunset Park is still better.

Visitor's picture
Poopy Subject...

I come to the park when my dog has a play date, not on my own. I'm just appalled by the amount of neglect that the owner do when it comes to poop. There's a lot of it, and it reeks. The only area that smells okay is the Gazebo. I find that the owners just ignore their dogs, so they don't know if their dog has pooped or not.

Another thing I hate is little pebbles of rock ALL over the place...this is for SMALL dogs, and the pebbles can cause issues. No wonder why the grass is more of a turf than real grass.

The only nice plus thing about this park is it's very big compared to Sunset Park. However, I wouldn't bring my dog here on a normal basis, only play dates.

Visitor's picture
Unbelievably irresponsible
1

I have never seen owners at a dog park care less about their dogs. The large dog run is usually well over crowded, dirty and full of owners with lawn chairs and beer arguing over which dog started which fight. We've been there only a handful of times and every time I leave appalled.

Visitor's picture
The poop makes this park

The poop makes this park intolerable.... it's everywhere and the place reeks of it. We actually watched an owner walk away as his dog pooped... no effort to pick it up. People must not realize that is how many canine diseases spread... such as parvo.

Visitor's picture
Has Lights 2

One of the Few that you can go at night ....

Visitor's picture
Lots of POOP!!!
1

There are tons of POOP!!! POOP here and there...POOP everywhere!!

Visitor's picture
Nice place

The Desert Breeze dog park areas are nice, but people don't adhere to the weight limits at all times.  Nearly all of the people and dogs I have been around in the over 35lb area have been nice and well behaved.

I go here because I live close by and the people I run in to are very nice.