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FAQS ABOUT DOGPAW DOG PARK FACILITIES IN CLARK COUNTY, WASHINGTON
What is DOGPAW?
What are the hours of the parks?
Is there a fee to use the dog parks?
Who takes care of the dog parks?
Doesn’t the City of Vancouver or Clark County Parks Department maintain the dog parks?
How many dog parks are in Vancouver and where are they?
Is there an area for shy or small dogs?
Is there a double-gated entry to the dog park?
Are there restroom facilities at the dog parks?
Is drinking water available for dogs at the park?
Who picks up dog waste?
Are bags provided to pick up poop?
Are there places to sit at the dog park?
DOG PARK RULES
Are there any rules?
Can I keep my dog on a leash in the park?
Can I bring food and drink into the dog park?
Can I bring dog treats into the park for my dog?
Can I bring my children to the dog park?
Does my dog need a dog license to come to the dog park?
Can my new puppy come to the dog park?
Am I limited to the number of dogs I can bring to the dog park during one visit?
Why are unneutered dogs not allowed in the dog park?
Are certain breeds of dogs not allowed in the park?
Why am I asked to remove choke chains, prong or pinch collars?
Can I drop my dog at the park while I run errands?
Does my dog have to have a current rabies shot to come to the dog park?
Does my dog have to be leashed in the short distance between my car and the dog park?
DOG PARK BEHAVIOR
What kind of dogs should not go to dog parks?
What should I do if my dog misbehaves?
What if I see someone breaking the rules?
Who is liable if there is a dogfight or personal injury at the park?
What do I do if a dogfight occurs?
DO NOT grab your dog by the collar. It seems like the natural thing to do, but it might startle your dog and cause her to turn and bite you. This kind of bite is like a reflex that’s done without thinking. Many people get bitten this way—even when their dogs haven’t shown any signs of aggression in the past.
After a fight stops, put both dogs on leashes and end the play session. Avoid giving the dogs another chance to fight. If the dog park is large enough, you can walk your dog to another area, far away from the dog she squabbled with. After she’s calmed down and relaxed again, try letting her off leash again to play with other dogs. If the park’s not that big, just call it quits for the day.
Dogs should be assessed for injuries and parties involved must exchange contact information before leaving. All incidents should be reported to DOGPAW through our MUTTLEY email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and through our Incident Report Form.