Tips for a Dog Park

Tips for a Dog Park

Posted by R. Wilson on May 12th 2023

A lot of thought goes into establishing a Dog Park. Here are just some of the things that should be considered:

Basic components: six foot fencing, double-gated, latch entry, and signs displaying the rules.

Safety: partitioned areas for small, timid or elderly dogs. Potable water source.

Rules: posted rules covering every  aspect of safety. ID collars, with license and vaccination tags, no aggressive animals, owner /handlers control at all times, leashed when entering and exiting the park, no dog unattended or out of owners eyesight, no female dogs in heat,  any children under 16 must be with an adult, no children under 12 permitted in park, no food for human consumption in park, no dog toys or rawhide, smoking not allowed, any holes dug by dogs must be filled in by owner, chasing or running with dogs not permitted, no petting of others dogs without permission, any dog bite must be reported to local animal control and all parties wait for officer to arrive, except when immediate medical care is needed.

Noise Rules: hours of the dog park, no excessive barking, no excessive shouting by owners/handlers

Sanitation Rules: owners must have visible pet waste disposal materials at all times, owners must pick-up after their pets and dispose of responsibly.

Location: do not establish immediately next to residential property lines, keep at least 200 feet from any residence, business or body of water.  Consider ADA requirements for access and use.  

Maintenance: set aside a budget for collection of waste, debris and repairs.

Surfacing: turf, wood chips, decomposed granite, sand-- consider ADA requirements.

Dog Park Clubs: create an active club to educate and self-police the park.