DOG PARK RULES

Rules & Restrictions for DOGPAW Parks

All Dog Park Hours 7:00 am to dusk (daylight hours)

Please DO NOT visit the dog park before 7:00 am or after dusk – thanks.

Dog park hours are posted at each dog park entrance:  7:00 am to dusk, or daylight hours.   These hours are consistent with Clark County and Vancouver City park rules and are important for neighbor courtesy and for safety reasons.

  • Sunset: The daily disappearance of the Sun below the horizon in the west, as a result of the Earth rotation.
  • Dusk: The ending of evening twilight or period of partial light/darkness between day and night.
  • Night: The period of time between the sunset and the sunrise, when the sun is below the horizon, after dusk.

Remember – you have only minutes of light left, past sunset, until dusk (closing).

[ Wikipedia | Current Sunrise/set ]

BY ENTERING THIS PARK YOU AGREE TO ABIDE BY THE POSTED RULES. THIS PARK IS FOR DOGS AND THEIR HANDLERS. ALL CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT AND SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO PLAY UNATTENDED. ALL USERS OF THIS PARK DO SO AT THEIR OWN RISK AND ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY PROBLEMS CAUSED BY THEIR DOG.

  • Dogs under 4 months of age, female dogs in heat, unaltered male dogs over 1 year of age, and sick dogs are NOT allowed.
  • Your dog MUST be licensed, vaccinated, and wear an appropriate collar with tags. Pinch collars, prong, choke, spike, etc, are NOT allowed.
  • Dogs MUST be removed from the park at the first sign of aggression.
  • Handlers MUST promptly respond to any request to “call or control your dog”.
  • Do NOT allow your dog to jump on people or bark excessively.
  • Handlers MUST immediately clean up by picking up waste and filling any holes created by their dog.
  • Under NO circumstances are you allowed to leave your dog or child unsupervised in the park.
  • Food, smoking, and glass containers are PROHIBITED.
  • Handlers MUST leash and unleash their dog within the double-gated entrance and carry a leash for each dog. Unleashed dogs outside of a designated off-leash dog park are subject to citation and fines.

City & County Code Fines up to $250. These rules and tips will help to ensure that our dog parks stay clean and safe.

A Caution about Children

This is a DOG PARK and is not a safe place for children to play. All children entering the park must be in the company of an adult and under close supervision at all times. A screaming, running or unattended child may become a natural target for dogs that are bred to herd, hunt, chase, or guard. Even a playful dog can knock over or inadvertently run over a child.

A Note About Animal Control

Animal Control has the authority to patrol Clark County, including our dog parks.  In fact, we welcome their presence, as a deterrent to unsafe and unlawful behavior.

In addition to license, leash, and scoop laws, your dog must wear their required license at all times, failure to wear a required license may result in monetary penalties pursuant to VMC 8.24.020, CCC 8.07, CCC 8.11.060, WMC 2.20, WMC 8.00.

Pet license fees pay for important programs that protect you and your pet. The animal emergency assistance, public education, and stray-vicious-cruelty-noise investigation, are all supported by license fees.

[ county pet license form | CCAC | clark county code | vancouver city code | washougal code & licensing ]

Be Kind or Be Fined

Failure to adhere to the rules, which are based upon safety and law, can result in monetary penalties or worse. Please park in designated parking areas only and un/leash your dog in the double-gated area only. Let’s keep our parks clean and safe for the privilege of off-leash areas!

Canines for Clean Water

Take the Clark County Canines for Clean Water pledge to scoop the poop, bag it, and put it in the garbage to keep our water clean.

Important Resources About Dog Parks

ASPCA Dog Parks Report
Read about the benefits and drawbacks of dog park usage.  Become an informed dog owner for your own and your dog’s safety and happiness:  ASPCA Dog Parks Report

Sue Sternberg’s Dog Park Assistant iPhone mobile app
For video clips and photographs of dog behavior to help you better understand dog play, aggression, dog-dog interactions and help ensure that your dog is really having fun, download the awesome Dog Park Assistant iPhone mobile app.  This great app by Sue Sternberg also gives great tips to train your dog to listen to you better, even around the distraction of other dogs.

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