Dog Park Etiquette / Code of Conduct

Black dog playing with toy
4 dogs smiling at camera
Dog running with tennis ball

Please observe the following etiquette to help make our dog park a safe and enjoyable place for everyone.

  • Pay attention to your dog's interaction with other dogs. Be aware of potential problems. Learn to read and respond to your dog's behavior.
  • Be alert to the behavior of other dogs. Remember that other owners might not be as diligent as you.
  • Train your dog so that it responds to voice commands, even while playing with other dogs.
  • As a part of their normal socialization, dogs will bark, snarl, or even snap at each other. Interfere and stop the behavior if it appears to be escalating.
  • Immediately stop any aggressive behavior towards humans.
  • Always open and close the dog park gate carefully.
  • Do not bring your dog to the park if it is sick, has parasites, or has fleas.
  • Do not allow your dog to jump on people.
  • Do not allow your dog to bark excessively.
  • Keep food out of the enclosure. Dogs may become overly protective or aggressive.
  • Extend common courtesy to all other users.
  • Vaccinate dogs per the recommendations of your veterinarian.
  • Please abide by the rules and recommendations regarding children. Dog parks are not a place for small children.
  • Please follow all of the rules on this website, as well as, those posted at the dog park.
  • Prevent dogs from digging or otherwise damaging property.
  • Please maintain the safety of the transfer gate system. Do not enter if another dog is within the transfer area. Call your dog away from the gates as other dogs are entering or exiting the park.
  • In addition to rabies, it is strongly recommended that all dogs be current with distemper and parvovirus vaccinations.
  • Dog owners should respect the wishes of other park patrons regarding the conduct of their dogs.
  • Dogs should not be allowed on benches, these are for people, not dogs.
  • Harsh, physical reprimands of dogs are inappropriate and may be subject to being reported to the proper authorities.
  • Parents: If you bring your children to the dog park, please teach them how to behave with animals and what to do in an emergency. Do not allow them to run and make noise in the park.