Dog Parks 101

What to Bring

  • A favorite Frisbee or toy
  • A bowl or container to drink out of (please note that water bowls cannot be brought inside the fenced area. This reduces the risk of diseases spread by sharing drinking water)
  • A leash
  • Baggies to clean up after your dog
  • If your dog does not have its license on its collar, have it on hand while at the dog park


  • Let dogs on the inside come over to the fence and sniff. If your dog acts curious and sniffs back, it may be ready to join the others in the park. However, if he/she lunges, barks and acts aggressively, you may need more socialization before using the park.
  • Keep your dog on a leash until you have entered the first gate. Once inside, take off your pet’s leash. If the gate behind you is secure, enter through the second gate. 
  • Like people, dogs have good days and bad days. If your dog is having a bad day, cut your visit short and try again at a later time. Each person is responsible for the actions of his or her own dog.
  • It's best not to keep your dog on a leash once inside the dog park. Leashed dogs tend to act defensively. 
  • Not all dogs are good candidates for off-leash dog parks. Well-socialized dogs do best at dog parks, as opposed to aggressive ones. 
  • Individuals in the park should wear shoes at all times. Bare feet are discouraged for your own health and safety.
  • Be aware, some dogs exhibit unpredictable behavior around small children.