Long Island Dog Owners Group

We are LI-DOG, the Long Island Dog Owners Group, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to public parkland for Long Island dog owners and their dogs.

Four New Nassau County Parks Now Allow Leashed Dogs on Trails! Move is big step forward in County’s commitment to LI-DOG to increase access to County parks. Get all the details at Nassau County Designates Four New Trails for On-Leash Dog Walking.

North Hempstead Unanimously Approves Three Dog-Friendly Town Parks! Decision comes six months after a successful pilot program and survey showing enthusiastic support for on-leash dog walking in local parks. Get the details on the Town’s historic decision at North Hempstead Approves On-Leash Dog Walking in Three Town Parks.

New Feature: LI-DOG Park Tails! Find out how the Cherry Ave. Dog Park helped ease a new pet parent’s anxiety. Go to LI-DOG Park Tails: Joining the Pack at Cherry Ave. to read the first installment in our series about what dog parks mean to pet parents and their fur babies.

Bay Park Dog Run in E. Rockaway Reopens After Extensive Renovation! Newly redone dog run features K9 Grass, benches, water fountains, and new plantings. Get the details plus a link to the Facebook Group, by going to Bay Park Dog Run Reopens.

Dogs in Outdoor Dining Areas Bill is Now NYS Law! Dogs are now allowed to accompany their owners in outdoor dining areas of dog-friendly restaurants. Get all the details in Dining with Dogs Bill is NYS Law!

First Line of Defense for Avoiding Pet Emergencies is Regular In-Home Pet Exam. Check out how to do an exam and what to look for in our article LI-DOG Nov. 2015 Meeting on Pet First Aid and Brookhaven Pooch Pass Considerations.

Hempstead Supervisor Candidates Endorse More Access to Town Parks! Statements support either dog parks or on-leash dog walking in parks that now totally ban dog owners and their dogs. Get the details at Anthony Santino and Rita Kestenbaum Support Access to Hempstead Town Parks.

LI-DOG Request for Access to Beaches is Under Serious Review, Says NYS Parks. Statement follows detailed response by LI-DOG to concerns raised by Parks about dogs on beaches. LI-DOG letter asserts current NYS Policy is out-of-date and draconian by today’s standards and that thousands of LI families will benefit from a change in Parks policy. To read LI-DOG’s letter and get details on NYS’s response, go to LI-DOG Responds to NYS Concerns about Dogs on Beaches.

New On-Leash Dog Walking Trail Approved at Phragmites Park, also known as Twin Ponds North, in Huntington! See the trail map and get the details at Phragmites Park Becomes Fifth Huntington On-Leash Dog Walking Trail.

On-Leash Dog Walking Now Allowed on Fire Rd. at Massapequa Preserve. Pilot program is 1st Step in Long-Promised Expansion of Dog Owner Access to Nassau County Parks. Get the details at Massapequa Trail Officially Opens to On-Leash Dog Walkers.

Would You Like to Take Your Dog to the Beach on Long Island? With miles of coastline currently off-limits to dog owners, LI-DOG launches effort to gain access to Long Island beaches. Read about our effort and what you can do to help at Want to Take Your Dog to the Beach?

Town of Hempstead Dog Owners: We need a safe place to walk and socialize our dogs! Would you like to see a local dog park or be able to walk your dog on-leash in a Hempstead Town park? Then, go to Hempstead Dog Owners Need Access to Hempstead Parks to find out what you can do to make it happen!

Selden Dog Park Opens July 26th with a Ribbon Cutting, Balloons and Crowds of Happy Dog Owners and Their Dogs! Brookhaven Supervisor Romaine says this will not be the last new dog park created in the Town of Brookhaven. For links to dozens of photos and all the details, read the Selden Dog Park Grand Opening article.

LI-DOG Has a New Banner, thanks to Custom D’Signs of Massapequa. Go to LI-DOG’s New Banner to check it out!

Town of Huntington Opens First On-Leash Dog Walking Trails with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Dix Hills Park on June 21st. Grand Opening also attracts dozens of dog owners and their dogs for Inaugural LI-DOG Pack Walk on the Woodland Trail. To read more, go to the Grand Opening article.

Another Very Successful Year and a Year of Firsts, LI-DOG President tells May 2014 Annual Meeting. To read what LI-DOG has accomplished over the last year and its plans for the coming year, go to the Annual Meeting article.

Selden Dog Park Approved! In March 19th email message, Brookhaven Councilman LaValle says work will begin in next few weeks and the dog park is slated to open this Spring. To read more, go to the Selden Dog Park article.

Huntington Approves First Four On-Leash Dog Walking Trails in Town Parks. Decision finally provides access to Town parks for Huntington dog owners and their dogs. Unanimous Town Board also puts LI-DOG representative on Greenway Trails Citizens Advisory Committee. To see which trails are designated for on-leash walking, go to the article.

New Dog Park Opens in Nesconset! Town of Smithtown Dog Park features large and small dog areas, benches, water and other amenities. To get the details, go to Nesconset Dog Park Now Open!

Nassau County Exec Candidates Mangano and Suozzi Support Change in Policy to Allow On-Leash Dog Walking in Nassau County Parks! Statements represent break with longstanding County ban on activity common in parks around the country. Read Mangano’s statement to work with the Parks Commissioner and the Nassau Legislature to change the policy here. Read Suozzi’s statement endorsing the change in policy here. Or read entire article.

Suffolk 18th LD Candidates Spencer and Conte Endorse Off-Leash Access to Beaches and Public Parkland. To read Conte’s statement supporting an effort to identify beaches where Suffolk dog owners can exercise their dogs off-leash, go here. To read Spencer’s statement in support of off-leash areas both fenced and with natural borders, go here. Or read entire article.

On-Leash Dog Walking Approved on Designated Trails in Huntington Parks! 5-0 Vote by Town Board Overturns Longstanding Ban on Dogs in Town Parks. Read more about this historic decision!

We have our winners! LI-DOG has selected the top entries in our Bark for Parks Letter Writing Contest. Congratulations! And thanks to everyone who wrote such great letters. To see a list of the winners, go here.

Great article in Long Island Pet Press about the Rise of Dog Parks on LI. Story highlights why dog parks are so popular, joint efforts by public officials and dog owner groups like LI-DOG to get them created, and LI-DOG’s next goal—on-leash dog walking in LI parks! Click here to read the article.

Eisenhower Dog Park Now Open! The new dog park, which is the result of a campaign begun by LI-DOG in 2008, features small and large dog areas and covers about an acre in Nassau County’s premier park. For details on the dog park and how it came about, go to the Eisenhower Dog Park Now Open article.

Your Dog’s Health: Lyme and Other Tick Diseases. Don’t Take Them Lightly! Read what one local dog owner has learned about the prevalence of Lyme on LI and how to deal with it.

Town of Oyster Bay’s First Dog Park Opens in Massapequa! Grand Opening in June 2012 brings out dozens of dog owners and their dogs to celebrate with town officials and LI-DOG. To see photos, get the flyer and read more, go to the Massapequa Dog Park Opening article.

LI-DOG’s Take on Fees at West Hills County Park. LI-DOG responds to press reports about fees at West Hills, looks at how fees work at other County parks with dog parks, and explains why we recommended the site for the large dog park in the West Hills Park Fees story.

“One of the Best Years Ever for LI-DOG,” President Tells Annual Membership Meeting. To read what LI-DOG has accomplished and how it happened, go to the Annual Meeting article.

No Dog Park in Allen Park Plans; Petition Drive Suspended. LI-DOG expresses disappointment, but vows to continue working with the Town of Oyster Bay for more access to parks and beaches. For details, read the Allen Park article.

President’s Day/Post Valentine’s Day Pints & Paws a Big Success! Read the article to see a photo and all the people and businesses who helped make the event such fun.

Peconic Dog Park Expanded and Improved Thanks to Local Dog Owners. To read how the owners of the North Fork School for Dogs worked with Southold Town and other dog owners to improve the local dog run, go to the Peconic Dog Park article.

Valley Stream Dog Run Ready to Open in Spring 2012! To read how local residents, including one LI-DOG Board Member, helped make it happen, go to the article.

Finally, A Dog Park Site Commitment from Oyster Bay! To get the details on Oyster Bay’s plans for its FIRST dog park, go to the article.

Book Review - Unleashed Fury: The Political Struggle for Dog-Friendly Parks is a groundbreaking book that should be read by anyone interested in the off-leash issue. To read more about the book, read our review.

Cherry Ave. Dog Park in W. Sayville is Now Open! Details on how to find the dog park, its features, and a link to photos from the August 4th Ribbon Cutting Ceremony are in the Cherry Avenue Dog Park Opening article.

Central Suffolk Paws Created to Push for a new Brookhaven Dog Park. To get details about what you can do to help get more off-leash space created for you and your dog in Brookhaven, go to the article.

Parks Dept. Will Install New Fencing at Robinson Dog Park! Plans to upgrade the park include trash receptacles and a small dog area, which are detailed in the Robinson Dog Park article.

Gardiner Dog Park Proposal Envisions Private Financing and Public Fundraising. To read more about the proposal including potential sites for a dog park, go to the Gardiner article.

New Suffolk Dog Park to Open This Spring in W. Sayville! The third new dog park created under the Five New Dog Parks initiative of 2007, will be fenced and cover 1.5 acres. To get more details, go to the article on the new W. Sayville Dog Park.

LI-DOG Asks Suffolk Parks for Better Fencing, Garbage Collection at Robinson Dog Park. To see why new fencing is needed and what LI-DOG has proposed, go to the article about Robinson Farm Dog Park.

Dog Park at Gardiners Park Proposed by Local Dog Owner and Building Contractor. A private citizen has offered to build a dog park in Gardiners Park at no cost to the County. To read more, go to the article on Gardiners Park.