Frequently Asked Questions

 

Will there be any rules?
Yes. Please look for the rules and regulations posted in the park.

Will the future dog park a public park?
Yes. The park is open to all at no cost from dawn to dusk. 

Who takes care of the park?
The park will be entirely funded by private donations and grants. The park has no maintenance staff and relies on its users to keep it clean. We welcome your comments and suggestions. 

Can I keep my dog on a leash?
 If you are uncomfortable about letting your dog off-leash, PLEASE DO NOT visit the park. 

Can people or dogs get hurt at a dog park?
Unfortunately, yes. Dogs do not always behave in ways we understand. That is why everyone should act responsibly with their dog and respect the rights of other people and dogs. Familiarizing yourself with the dog park rules is a good first step towards providing a safe  experience.

Are there health requirements for visiting dogs?
Yes, you dog should be vaccinated, in good health, and spayed/neutered when visiting. Female in heat are not permitted. 

How can I avoid a dog fight?
Learn the 4P Warning Signs:
Posture: A dog's body language can communicate fear, hostility or submission. Learn to read and respond to your own dog's body language, and others. Growling and the showing of teeth, for instance are signs to be aware of.
Packing: More than two or three dogs behaving as if they're in a pack can lead to trouble. Break it up before it starts by leading your dog to a neutral area at least 30 feet away.
Possession: Whether it's you or a ball, most dogs will protect what is theirs. Remain aware.
Provoking: If your dog is continuously annoying another dog (s) it's time to leave the park.

What can I do if a dog fight occurs?
Keep calm and never reach your hands into the middle of a dog fight. You may get bit, and often by your own dog.
Distract the dogs and divert their attention. A blast of water from a water bottle, a loud whistle, or the clapping of your hands may work.
If your dog is not in the fight, make sure he or she does not join in.

What if I see someone breaking the rules?
The park is self policing and rules are in place to ensure the safety of all visitors. Most times people are unaware of the rules. It is up to all of us to educate and bring the rules and regulations to their attention. If you see someone who is not abiding by the rules (i.e., forgets to pick up poop or is eating or smoking in the park) politely introduce yourself, remind them of the rules, and thank them when they comply. 

Can I bring food?
Food is prohibited, as are beverages in glass containers. 

Can I bring my children to the park?
Yes, but do not allow your children to approach a dog without permission from the dog's handler.

Does my dog need a license?
Yes. Each dog must be licensed and wearing its tags. 

Can my new puppy visit?
No. A new puppy’s immunity isn’t strong enough to fight off any bacteria they may encounter in the dog park, so in order to be in the park, all dogs must have had all their shots including rabies. In addition all dogs must be spayed and neutered which usually occurs around the age of 6 months.

What should I do about an aggressive dog?

  • Remove your dog from the situation.
  • Politely tell the dog's owner that you feel their dog is aggressive and ask them to control their dog or leave the park.

What should I do if someone is bitten at the park?
Dog bites are rare at dog parks, especially if all users follow the rules and respect other people and dogs. But if someone is bitten:

  • Get the person medical attention immediately, including calling 911 if necessary.
  • Get the identity of the dog who did the biting and its owner.