17550 Victory Blvd.
Encino, CA 91406
7 days a week sunrise to sunset
Closed for cleaning Fridays 6am – 11am
- Well-Kept Landscaping & Grass (VERY Rare Among Dog Parks)
- Three Separate Fenced Off Areas for Small & Large Dogs
- Two Off-Leash Areas for Small / Timid Dogs
- One of Nicest Dog Parks in Los Angeles
- TONS of Space, Even During Busy Hours
- Water Drinking Fountains in All Runs
- Nearby Farmers Market on Sundays & Skate Park
Sepulveda Basin Dog Park
This 6.5 acre dog park is one of the most comfortable, relaxed and well maintained off-leash parks in Los Angeles, although it is technically located out of the city in Encino, CA.
There are two small dog runs and one large dog run, but one of the small runs is also for larger timid dogs. All three are quite large with plenty of chairs, benches and trees to shade the sun. There is plenty of parking and a couple of porta-potties are available.
For those Frisbee loving canines – This is the park to visit. The large dog run is huge – Plenty of room to allow for multiple packs as well as those dogs that like to relax on their own, while their owner reads a book under a tree. Ideal for a Sunday visit that will even keep your teenage son entertained with the nearby Pedlow Field Skate Park.Unlike most of the other Los Angeles dog parks, the Sepulveda Basin park actually feels like a park! Grass is plentiful and well-maintained, even in the off-leash areas, which is something that is very rare. Humans are very mindful of cleaning up after their dogs and there is even an on-leash area for picnickers.
Separate Off-Leash Areas
Besides the green areas that are uncommon in other dog parks, the other unique thing about this place is the three separate fenced-in off-leash areas for dogs. Most of this place is a wooded area so it can be a good idea to keep your pet up to date on prevention medication for fleas and ticks before coming here.
One of these is massive and is just for large dogs that are over 40 pounds. You’ll find the main sign for the park rules and other postings of regulations here at the double-gated entrance. The center of this enclosure is a wide-open space that offers a ton of room for playing fetch with your canine friend, and then you can retreat to the sides for some rest and shade under the trees.
The other two gated areas at this park are strictly for small and/or timid dogs. One enclosure is specifically for tiny dogs that are under 20 pounds, while the other is a general small / timid area that could have potentially have dogs of any size. Although these two spaces aren’t as large as the one for big dogs, they are still quite roomy and better shaded.
Other Features At Sepulveda Basin Dog Park
You’ll find water fountains for your doggies spread through the off-leash areas. These are clean and well-maintained like the rest of the park and are great for those hot California summer days or just cooling down after a lot of playing. On Sundays from 3:30pm until 5:00pm, there is a low-cost pet vaccine clinic held here.
You’re required to clean up after your pet’s waste here, so be sure to bring your own waste bags. However, if you forget one or have some extras to spare, stop by the “Take a bag, leave a bag” station. Also be sure to note that the double gates are there for a reason – so only one is open at a time – and there are signs to reflect this for the safety of your pet.
Dog Park Rules
Make sure you take notice of all of the signs spread around the park, but especially pay attention to the main rules sign to learn everything you’re expected to do or not do while you are on this property. Some things, like failing to clean up after your dog, can bring fines. There is also a bulletin board here for lost animals, dog news and other related services.
Nearby Attractions & Places of Interest
The park is very close to Studio City and North Hollywood and although Encino can be a bit of drive for centrally-located Angelinos, those in the know, will make the trek in order to enjoy the stress-free atmosphere.
Of special interest – there is a low cost Vaccine Clinic every Sunday from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. This coincides with the Farmer’s Market, two blocks away, which is also right next to a large neighborhood skate park that has bathroom facilities. Although Victory Boulevard can be laden with heavy traffic, there is a nice, shaded sidewalk that links the Farmer’s market here.