The dog parks operate mostly on an honor system – you are trusting that other owners will follow the rules and practice good social etiquette — but never leave your dog’s safety to chance!
- Stay in close proximity and keep your eyes on your dog
- Only bring a socialized, friendly dog and have some prior obedience training
- Your dog should be able to be recalled to you, such as with “Spot, Come!”
- Keep your leash with you at all times – you may need to click on the leash for an exit
- Don’t allow your dog to crowd the entry gate
- Allow ample time for other dogs to enter and exit, once the gate is securely fastened then its safe for you to leave or come in.
- Never bring your dog’s favorite toy or treat to the park
- Leave the park immediately if your dog exhibits aggressive behavior or appears excessively nervous
- Become familiar with common dog behavior so you’ll know what to do – should a bad situation occur. Intervene with noise (small air horn) or citronella spray first, never use your hands
- Break up a group of dogs who appear to be “packing up” against another dog, clap your hands, make a noise, or bang a stick on the fence.
- Don’t allow a dog to be cornered
Encourage other users of the paw park to abide by the rules in a friendly manner. We all love our dogs and want to continue to have a great place to play off leash!!