For those in the north-west pocket of Melbourne, Clayton Reserve is a no-brainer as it is securely fenced off so you can relax as your pooch enjoys the wind through his or her ears. Most times of the day, you’ll find other friendly dogs and dog-owners there for human and dog socialisation.

For owners of flighty, naughty puppies, this park is a god send. Completely fenced in and safe for all canines, it's a great place for doggies to socialise. There are even bags provided for your pup's discretion.

The only downside is the proximity to Macaulay Road/Boundary Road, where things could quickly turn catastrophic for any escapees. But so far those gates have done and excellent job and my dogs remain safe and social.