Canines galore at Dartmouth Dog Park

Jan 13, 2020

Dogs and their owners were out in force in the Dartmouth Dog Park on Friday afternoon as the winter weather began warming up for the weekend.

Danielle from New Bedford brought her two-year-old standard poodle Rizzo to the park for some play time. 

Rizzo showed off his high five and sitting skills before running off to play with friend Arabella, a two-year-old bulldog from Acushnet.

“Arabella loves cucumber,” said owner Allyson Guilbeault of the pup, who was trying to keep up with the long-legged Rizzo.

Guilbeault said that she brings the dog to the park fairly often. 

“It’s a good way to get energy out and play with friends,” she said with a smile.

The Dartmouth Dog Park is a temporary space in a town park at 443 Old Fall River Road run by the Dartmouth Dog Advisory Work Group (DDAWG), a non-profit organization made up of 14 volunteers.

According to its website,, the group is seeking independent funding to build a permanent dog park.

In the meantime, DDAWG is working with the town’s Parks and Recreation Department to monitor and maintain the existing space.

DDAWG stresses that no funds for either project come out of the town budget.