Common Dog Park Rules

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Every breed of dog needs regular exercise and a great way to ensure your dog receives enough in a day is a trip to your local dog park. A nearby dog park is a great way to let your dog run and socialize with other dogs from the neighborhood.

Each dog park has its own set of rules. You can find the rules on their website or you can find a supervisor or ranger at the park that can provide the rules too. Sometimes you will find rules on the dog park fencing or a sign nearby.

The rules are not the same for every dog park but there are several rules that are common across most dog parks:

  • No food in the dog park. You should not bring in your own food or drinks to snack on within the dog park. Do not bring food or treats for your dog either.
  • No smoking. You cannot smoke inside the confines of a public dog park. You should wait until you have left the dog park before smoking.
  • No dogs under 6 months old. You should leave puppies at home or away from dog parks until they’re at least 6 months old.
  • Separate small and big dogs. Most dog parks will have a separate area for dogs that are small and a separate area for dogs that are big. This ensures all dogs are safe at the dog park.
  • The owner is responsible for the dog at all times. You need to monitor behavior and ensure your dog is behaving well in the environment.
  • Persons must be 18-years or older unless accompanied by an adult. Children are not allowed to bring a dog to a dog park without an adult present.
  • Dogs visiting the dog park should have all of their necessary shots before socializing with other dogs in the dog park.

You will find unique rules at each local dog park but for the most part the rules we listed above are common dog park rules across the U.S.A. You will have a wonderful time at the dog park if you and all patrons follow the rules of the park during your time there.