West Hills County Park Dog Run

Kira the Shiloh Shepherd - fun at West Hills
Dangerous Dog!! owner still comes back-watch out!!!!!!!
Left to right: Teddy, Lexi, Cooper, Kira - Shiloh Shepherd friends
Sweet Hollow Rd
Huntington, NY
Operating Hours:
N/A
Days Closed:
N/A
Fees:
$8 for parking in the summer ???
Restrooms:
Yes
Park Size:
N/A
Type of Park:
Fenced
Other Notes:

This dog park has a wooded area and benches.  The small dog section is about a mile away from the large dog area within this park. There are bathrooms and a water fountain (spring and summer only). 

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dogstrong.com's picture
Extra large dog run for larger dogs
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Extra large dog run for larger dogs.

Things it has going for it:

- Plenty of parking (100 or so feet from run)
- Has a spigot for dogs but have to bring water during late fall, winter and early spring since park shuts water off
- Bathrooms available for dog owners at other end of parking lot
- Plenty of room for dogs to really run
- Seating for dog owners
- Fountain for dog owners
- Hiking trails near run

Things it has against it:

- Area is so large that some owners don't see or feel like walking over to clean up their dogs mess
- Ground cover is only dirt and grass so it can get muddy after a good rain
- Some inattentive owners

Run is rather large compared to others in area (guessing 2 acres or more). This run is designated for larger dogs. There is another run designated for smaller dogs about a mile away in the park. Hiking trails in park are nice but there have been reports of incidents with local horse riders who also use trail, so use caution. This run would score higher if some owners would clean up after their dogs. There are plenty of piles along fence line and at other end of run.

ceridwen's picture
West Hills Small Dog Park - Spike!
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I have a 9 month old puppy and have visited this dog park several times and never had a problem until this past Friday. I brought my dog with my friend and her dog to the park for some playtime. Everything was great until a group of regulars came with a pack of about 9 small dogs. That's fine with me as my dog is super friendly. It was fine until a medium sized terrier (golden coat) named Spike came running up to my dog and took a small triangle from her right ear. Now I am fine when they play rough and everything but when I bent to pet my dog my hand came away with blood on it.
The completely irresponsible owner said "Oh he didn't touch her". I help up my hand and said "Yea he did". She did give me her name and number in case I had to take my dog to the vet however she proceeded to tell me (which my friend heard) that she always gives people her number and that Spike isn't good with new dogs and like to be bossy with puppies.
I understand bossy but going after a dog and drawing blood is NOT OK.
She was very apologetic and everything but I think it is completely irresponsible to bring a dog into a dog park where it has been known to have issues with other dogs and puppies. A women whose dog had been playing with mine had even said "That dog has had problems with mine before" when she saw they were coming in.
If you see Spike come in beware! It's a shame that we had to leave because of one dog's bad owner.

lorin's picture
hi

I just moved to the area and was looking for suggestions. I have a medium sized dog that needs to be socialized. She just doesn't know how to communicate. She is fine with small dogs but barks at big dogs. She is so sweet but just wasn't given a chance to learn to play. I don't want to give up on her. We went to the dog park but I was too nervous to bring her in. She is a lot to handle. I am so tired of walking alone with her and I know she is lonely. Can anyone make any suggestions?

stevereeve's picture
bella

toocute for words.

Jenny C's picture
mike
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I brought my one year old bully beagle to this park for the first time the other day. At first I was really nervous because all the other dogs surrounded him as soon as we came in but with some encouragement from some of the other dog owners I let him off the leash to go play. He had a great time he was running wild with the other dogs having a blast. I wanted to make this a regular thing for him cause we have no yard for him to run around and get his energy. Most of the other dog owners were very nice the first day I was there but I brought him there this afternoon and my pup was kind of getting ganged up on by the bigger dogs now I know that I was probably them just playing but I got really nervous that he was going to get hurt one of the owners was actually telling his dog to chase mine which was a little rude knowing the his dog could very easily over power mine but I just figured it was no big deal. By the end of our visit the bigger dogs started going after mine again but this time it was more aggressive in my opinion I was watching my dog closely and the other dogs were growling and going to bite my dog and no help from there owners everyone was just sitting at the table watching this happen and every so often call there dogs names but not once did they come over to take control of there dog. I realize that I am a new comer to this park and I think it's a great place but I think that the owners should be a little more aware of what there dogs are doing.

JERRY's picture
West Hills County Dog Park

I just came from the dog park at West Hills County Park and I take my dog there nearly every day. As noted by other posts on this board, most of the canine visitors to the park are friendly and get along well with others of their species. Ditto for most of the human visitors. Occasionally an overly aggressive dog makes a nuisance of itself but their human companions are generally discouraged from returning. I know of one physical altercation between two dog owners that ended up in criminal court. My own dog is a six year old 105 lb Golden Retriever. He is very mellow and non-aggressive but being large and powerful and not too young anymore he is seldom the object of aggressive behavior from other dogs. Smaller dogs or younger dogs are often bullied by other dogs and this even included a 140 lb 7 month old Irish Wolfhound puppy who visited last week. Although he towered over the other dogs in the park he was chased around by more dominant older dogs, although not bitten or injured. The park is in a beautiful setting and the area is securely fenced. There is even a small patch of woodland at the southeast corner of the enclosure. There is a separate dog park within the County Park area about a mile away that is designated strictly for small dogs weighing 25 lbs or less, although I frequently see small dogs at the "big dog" park as well. The area is large enough that if the big dogs become too rowdy you can always take your little guy to a section of the park that is quieter and less crowded. As of January some serious turf restoration is needed but today the ground was snow covered and everyone had a great time.

AussieMom's picture
muggs again

5x today, Muggs went after another dog. Finally another human called him on it and he left. But the little blue pitt mix had a bloody cheek.
I go to this terrific park daily and haven't personally had any problems here. It really comes down to the humans control of their dogs and willingness to supervise. That being said, it helps all of us if we call it as we see it, and point out the poop, and the bad behavior. A dog can come back if properly handled after a bad incident, but the human needs to be reasonable about it. Public parks like these are terrific for us, and I will continue to pick up other dogs poop because it just makes it a better place. You're Welcome.

lltlrainer's picture
Muggs

my 4 month old puppy was also bitten by muggs back in late august. she was getting a drink of water when bitten on the nose. she was bleeding on the top and front of her snout. the owner didn't even appologize. i was told by several people afterwards that the dog had ball aggression, i said it now had water aggression.
2 1/2 weeks later we were in the park before i realized muggs was there. he came over to my pup, she went down on her back for him, the owner totally oblivious, and once again tried to bite her. fortunately she got away this time. when i commented to the owner that this was the 2nd time muggs came after my pup his comment was "well i don't know what your dog did to mine first". what she did was go on her back in submission, he accepted no responsibility and didn't leave the park.

amyagkova's picture
Beware of Muggs and his careless owner!!!!!!!

To those who been to the park or planning to go there soon and never met Mugs (yellow lab that has ball aggression/possession issues) and his owner (who doesn't care to take responsibilities for NOT training his dog.) BEWARE: this dog attacks puppies and other dogs for no reason while his careless owner hardly cares to handle the situation.

And yes....thank you to those in the park, who were so considerate to talk behind this dog owner's back - warning you and everything. And when this â€Å"biter† was ACTUALLY present in the park NO ONE SAID A WORD! Very sneaky, very nice...thank you for standing around and letting my puppy get bit...appreciate it.

FemFlexin's picture
West Hills Dog Park
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As far as dog parks go, this is a great place for anyone's pet to have some fun and get some exercise. The people that bring their pets are almost always respectful and recognize the difference between playing and fighting. I did bring my dog Lacey, a 17 lb Peagle, there once to find that a family with a 3 week old hand-sized ball of fluff with no shots was running around, but aside from that one instance, I've never had an issue. Anyone who does not like this dog park or thinks it's not well kept and dirty, should really visit Cedar Creek Park and not come to this dog park, because it is not supposed to be a spa for the owner - it's play time for your pet.

carac's picture
West Hills Dog Park

I disagree. One of my biggest complaints about this park is how inconsiderate people are about picking up their dogs feces. They stand around talking and don't pay attention to what their dogs are doing. Some people actually see their dogs poop and don't even bother to pick it up if it means that they will have to walk across the field. They just pretend they didn't see it and no body says anything to them. In the mean time, there are plenty of old poops lying around. This is a complete health hazard because if the poop lays around for more than 24 hours, any parasites that the dog may have enter the earth as infective larva and stay there to infect other dogs and people if they are in contact with the soil or if the wind blows dirt in their faces. I know this because I am a veterinarian. So SHAME on anyone who is not diligent about cleaning up their dogs poop!

My other complaint is that they now charge EIGHT dollars every time you want to use the park during the summer. How many hours would one have to spend at the dog park to make THAT worth EIGHT dollars. Give me a break.

SSJRECCA500's picture
BLYDENBURGH DOG PARK.. PLEASE HELP***

NOT SURE IF ANYONE FOLLOWS UP ON THIS AT ALL. BUT TODAY MARCH 9TH AROUND 5PM. I HAD BROUGHT MY DOG TO THE BLYDENBURGH PARK. HE WAS ATTACKED BY ANOTHER DOG. THIS DOG BIT MY DOG TWICE. ONE CAUSING SEVERE BLEEDING TO HIS STOMACH. AND THE OTHER BITE CAUSED A RUPTURE FOR HIS INTESTINES TO COME OUT OF HIS ABDOMINAL WALL. OTHER DOGS WERE ALSO CHARGING AT HIM. IT WAS THEN FINALLY AFTER GETTING ALL THE DOGS OFF MY DOG. I SAW IN THE CORNER OF MY EYE THE OWNER FINALLY COMING TO GRAB HIS DOG AND THEN DRIVE OFF. I DIDNT HAVE TIME TO GET A GOOD LOOK AT HIM OR HIS CAR. I WAS TOO FOCUSED ON MY DOG. IF ANYONE WAS THERE AT THE PARK TODAY. AND SAW THIS INCIDENT. PLEASE RESPOND OR EMAIL ME AT ([email protected]) I THANK THE PEOPLE THAT DID HELP TO BRING A RAG AND BLANKET FOR MY DOG TO STOP THE BLEEDING. I ENDED UP BRINGING MY DOG TO THE CLOSEST VET IS 601 VETERANS HWY IN HAUPPAUGE. (RIGHT BY 5 GUYS ONE BURGER) THEY WERE ABLE TO STITCH HIM UP. AND HOPEFULLY HE WILL BE OK. HE WILL BE SPENDING THE NIGHT THERE ON ANTIBIOTICS.

I KNOW IF MY DOG BIT ANOTHER DOG IN ANY PARK. I WOULD NEVER THINK ABOUT JUST LEAVING. I DON'T WANT ANYTHING LIKE THIS TO HAPPEN TO YOUR DOG. AND ESPECIALLY HAVING THIS GUY BRING HIS DOG TO ANY DOG PARK. IT ISN'T SAFE. AND OWNERS SHOULD BEWARE!!!!!

Visitor's picture
West Hills Dog Park

This Long Island Dog Park is the ultimate. It has size, available trash cans, plastic bags, many dogs, great parking facilities, and as a Long Island Dog Trainer who has been around many dog parks, I am happy to say the pet owners are fun and responsible.

Visitor's picture
Review

OK, I took my doggie there because we had a good snow fall (~10 inches) and I knew he wouldn't be trudging around in poop that was not picked up by other dog owners. The snow had fallen 2 days before and I was amazed by the amount of poop that was left around!!!!!! This is a wonderful park....and they even provide doggie clean up bags right next to a trash can for this very purpose! How lazy are people????!!!!!!!!! After reading about the # of diseases dogs can get from feces I've decided to not allow my dog to go there anymore. Once again, humans have ruined it for our canine pals. Avoid this park.....too many lazy, dirty people.