Located at the corner of Elliott and Roxbury streets, this off-leash dog park has a fenced-in area for dogs 30 pounds and under and one for larger dogs. There are also benches for pet owners and free poop bags. Your pup needs to be registered with Durham Parks & Recreation annually to use the park. Open sunrise to sunset.
Duke also includes Duke Divinity School, Duke School of Law, Duke School of Medicine, and Duke School of Nursing, as well as other specialty areas of study, including the undeniably pet-friendly , which is part of the Evolutionary Anthropology department and dedicated to the study of dog psychology.
What is all kinds of awesome about this program is that dog owners living in and around the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area can sign their dogs up as volunteers, which entails participating in problem-solving games and being rewarded with treats. Research that the center is currently involved in is looking at how dogs form trust with humans. Ooh, ooh, we know the answer to that!!! Puperoni.
There is also the Pets at Duke program, which is part of the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program, and serves the local cancer centers, providing patients with visits from certified therapy dogs.
Duke's campus includes the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, where you and your pet (on a 5-foot leash) are welcome to stroll. You can explore the Culbertson Asiatic Arboretum, with its arched bridges, flowering magnolias and cherry trees, and bamboo-lined waterways. Or the Page-Rollins White Garden, the water lily-filled Virtue Peace Pond (be sure not to let your pup take a dip), Azalea Court, Camellia Garden, or the many other gardens. The only two areas that are off-limits to your pooch are the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden and the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants.
If you're visiting and looking for a place to eat with your student AND your pooch, check out Ponysaurus Brewing Co.. It's got a fantastic pet friendly beer garden but best of all it has grills!! Reserve one ahead and buy one of their grilling meal kits (enough for four people and you can choose from hot dogs, brats, burgers (including veggie), and chicken sausage), and the staff will start your grill so the coals are perfect when you get there. Brilliance!
We're also partial to Bleu Olive Bistro. Mediterranean inspired, it has a beautiful pet friendly patio and a tasty menu with such offerings as Pan-Seared Crab Cakes with Smoked Onion Aioli.
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