1. Always put the safety and health of your dog first.
a. Puppies and young dogs are susceptible to communicable diseases, such as kennel cough, distemper, and parvovirus, and are usually fatal.
b. Do not bring a dog to the park that has a communicable disease.
c. By law, all dogs much have rabies shot, and preferably be licensed by the county they reside. We perform random checks, and don’t take it personally if we ask if your dog has had its shots and is licensed.
2. We want a safe park for all dogs. If your dog is showing signs of aggression, yelling and grabbing your dog may resolve the issue, but if not, please remove your dog from the play area by putting your dog in the small dog area if it is not occupied by small dogs, or take your dog home.
3. Financial Responsibility. Dogs play by pretending to bite the neck of another dog. In a real dog fight, dogs actually bite other dogs, or people, and can cause minor and major injury. If your dog is aggressive and does the biting, by law, you are financially responsible for the medical bills of the dog or human bitten. This does not happen often, but it is not rare and when it does happen you must exchange names, addresses, and phone numbers with the other party.
4. Reporting dog bites. By law, if a dog bite breaks the skin and draws blood, the incident must be reported to the Animal Control Center in the county where the dog resides. Also by law, Animal Control will want both dogs quarantined for 10 days, usually at home, as a RABIES watch. If you have no proof of rabies vaccination, the county will quarantine the dog at your expense.
5. New dogs entering the park receive a lot of attention for dogs already in the park. Sometimes it is best to escort new dogs into the small dog section for a short perios before releasing the dog into the big dog section.
6. Strong unruly dogs should be leashed and unleashed in the neutral zone at the park, not in the park or outside the entry gate. This is a safety issue.
7. Smoking and e-cigarette smoking are prohibited. Smokers rarely pickup their butts and nicotine toxicity presents an emergency and requires veterinary interaction if your dog mistakes a half smoked butt for a snack. Timely medical help is critical. Also, dry grass can catch fire easily.
8. We prohibit food from being brought into the park. The park is not a garbage disposal area. Please empty your drinks on the grass before tossing the container in a waste disposal container.
9. Dogs that run off the leash will usually poop when nature calls. Be a good park user and pick up your dog’s poop, and maybe another dog’s poop. We can’t see everything that our dogs do.
10. Gender related issues over non-neutered and non-spayed dogs invoke powerful emotions in many dog owners.
a. Non-neutered dogs can become aggressive when a dog reaches maturity. It is important that you help your dog develop socialization skills, and you must react to stop your dog from being a participant in a dog fight, or the source of the aggressive behavior.
b. Non-spayed females give off powerful hormones when in season, which brings out obnoxious heat related behaviors in male dogs, especially in those not neutered. It is best not to bring your female dog to the park if the dog is in season.