A comprehensive look at dog-friendly living in Placer County, CA

Wondering where your pooch’s will get their dog park fix if you’re considering moving to the area; I took a Saturday and made visits to all the dog parks with my son’s dog Holly and here’s how we rated them!  Also, at the bottom of the post is a list of vets in the area.

Dog Park Ratings:

  1. Ashley Dog Park in Auburn
  2. Rruff Dog Park in Rocklin
  3. Bear Dog Park in Roseville (the best amenities of the Roseville Parks)
  4. Hughes Dog Park in Roseville
  5. Marco Dog Park in Roseville – I would not recommend this park

Ashley Dog Park – 1601 Auburn Ravine Road Auburn 95603

Of all the parks this is defiantly the nicest one! Located in Ashford Park, the dog park is beautiful, there are plenty of trees, a path around the large dog grassy area, benches, chairs, wading pools for the dogs and even a waterfall. They also have separate small and large dog areas. I met a variety of people and dogs, everyone was pleasant and the dogs were all well-mannered and friendly.   My son’s dog Holly totally enjoyed herself!

RRuff Dog Park – 5480 5th Street Rocklin 95677

This is the only dog park in Rocklin and is located in Johnson-Springview Park which is in the older part of Rocklin.  There’s no grass but loads of bark for the dogs to run on.  There’s a small and large dog area.  This park was very clean, people and dogs were very friendly.  There’s dog agility equipment in both the small and large dog areas.  This was the only park that had agility equipment in the small dog area.  There were benches scattered throughout the park and tons of big oak trees for shade.

Bear Dog Park – 1575 Pleasant Grove Blvd Roseville 95747

This park is about 2 acres and has separate areas for dogs under and over 20 pounds. The large dog side has an agility area.  Both sides have covered seating areas and a walkway around the grass.  There are also 2 enclosures where you can wash your pooch, concrete pads with water, drains and they are fenced.  I visited this park about 10:30am and there were close to 20 dogs in the small dog area and most of their owners were seniors, it looked like a real social event.  The big dog area has plenty of room to throw your tennis balls without worry of  going over the fence. All the dogs were getting along well.  The park is named after the first k-9 to be on the Roseville PD force.

Hughes Dog Park – 1600 Parkside Way Roseville 95747

This park is smaller about 1 ½ acres and also has the under and over 20 pound yards.  You have to park next to the tennis courts so it’s a short walk to the dog park.  There’s no wash area or covered benches.  I was here about 11:15am and there was only one lady there with her dog Lucy, playing.  She mentioned that it’s the busiest between 7:30 and 10:00am. I went back in the evening and there were three owners and their dogs.  This seems to be a low key dog park. Hughes Park is about 130 acres with walking trails which you can also take your dogs on but they need to be on a leash.  The back of the dog area backs to open space and there were wild turkeys wandering around….good for barking!

Marco Dog Park – 1800 Sierra Gardens Drive Roseville 95661

This is the only park in Roseville that’s on the East side of I-80, off Douglas Blvd. Marco Dog Park is about 1 ½ acres and there’s some muddy areas along the back side of the park. There’s no covered seating and only a few trees in the actual grass area.  When I took my son’s dog there we encountered owners that couldn’t control their dogs, which were also dog aggressive, there was even a dog fight. This park was also named after Marco another Roseville PD K-9.

Veterinary Clinics:


North Fork Vet Clinic – 12080 Locksley Lane Auburn 95603 – 530-888-8788

Bowman Veterinary Hospital – 100 Old Airport Road Auburn 95603 – 530-210-2376

(Bowman Vet uses both Western and Eastern medicine including acupuncture)

Animal Medical Center – 1525 Grass Valley Hwy Auburn 95603 530-823-5166

Edgewood Veterinary Clinic – 1055 Grass Valley Hwy Auburn 95603 – 530-885-1919

Companion Veterinary Clinic – 105 Auburn Folsom Road Auburn 95603 530-507-8193

South Auburn Veterinary Hospital – 307 Sacramento Street Auburn 95603 – 530-823-6310 


Sunset Whitney Veterinary Hospital – 5405 Pacific Street Rocklin – 916-415-8215

Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital – 2311 Sunset Blvd. Rocklin 95765 – 916-624-7387

Rocklin Road Animal Hospital – 4730 Rocklin Road Rocklin 95677 – 916-624-8255

Willow Rock Pet Hospital – 6661 Stanford Ranch Rd. Ste M Rocklin 95677 – 916-630-9234

Animal Dermatology & Allergy 5175 Pacific Street Rocklin 95677 – 916-632-2400

Animal Eye Center – 5175 Pacific Street Rocklin 95677 – 916-632-4364


Douglas Blvd Veterinary Clinic – 3970 Douglas Blvd Roseville 95661 – 916-791-1111

Petcare Veterinary Clinic – 1022 Douglas Blvd Roseville 95661 – 916-791-9599

West Roseville Veterinary Hospital – 7631 Galilee Road Roseville 95678 – 916-773-3451

Arbor View Veterinary Clinic – 7441 Foothill Blvd Ste 100 Roseville 95747 – 916-789-2211

Johnson Ranch Pet Rehabilitation – 9260 Sierra College Blvd. Ste. 150 Roseville 95661 –  916-789-7722


VCA Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic – 3901 Sierra College Blvd. Loomis 95650 – 916-941-5973

24 Hour Veterinary Services:

VCA Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic – 3901 Sierra College Blvd. Loomis 95650 – 916-941-5973

Atlantic Street Veterinary Hospital & Pet Emergency – 1100 Atlantic St. Roseville 95678- 916-783-4655

VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center – 9801 Old Winery Place Sacramento 95827 916-362-3111

I’ve gone to North Fork Vet in Auburn for over 20 years, the vet I used to take my pets to has retired and my new favorite vet is Laura Reich and if she’s busy my second choice is Cori Mulliken.

For alternative veterinary care I love Bowman Veterinary Hospital.  I’ve taken my dog there for acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Kelly Chandler is wonderful, my dog loves her!

I recently went to VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center and they were wonderful!  My dog had a limp and was diagnosed and had elbow surgery within a week.  It was like taking your pet to a human hospital, very professional and round the clock care.

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