CITY OF OAKDALE DOG PARK

 

Use the map above to view the location of the local dog park. Please read below for general guidelines and tips.

There is proper etiquette for both humans and dogs. A local dog park is a great place to take your dog for exercise and socialization but you do not want your dog to be traumatized or get injured.

Dog behavior

1. If your dog has not been to a dog park before, try to visit the park when there are fewer dogs so that it will be less stressful for your dog. Maybe visit the park first to get a good idea of the layout.

2. There is a fenced area for small dogs and large dogs for a reason. Please adhere to this rule. Even though you may have both a large and a small dog, another large dog may inadvertently injure your small dog just by putting his paw on the small dog while running and jumping if the small dog is not in the proper area.

3. Dogs that have serious behavior problems towards humans or dogs should not be taken to a dog park. Older dogs if they have not been socialized, many times do not like meeting dogs they do not know. Some genetic/breed tendencies also influence behavior towards other dogs. Incessant barking or barking with a serious or aggressive intent should be curtailed.

4. Do not bring female dogs in heat. Do not bring unaltered males which are much more likely to be aggressive, especially when they are young between eight months to 18 months of age.

5. Your dog should be responsive to the basic commands such as sit, come and leave it so that you can gain control of him if needed or to present him from harassing others while in the park.

6. All dogs should be healthy when visiting the park. Puppies under six months of age should NEVER be brought to a dog park, as they are not fully vaccinated. Dogs should be current on vaccines and parasite free, without any infections or other communicable illnesses or diseases.

Human behavior

1. Read the posted rules and follow them. PLEASE pick up after your dog. All the necessary bags and containers are available for your use. You should always have a bag on hand regardless.

2. Children nine and under are best left at home. Dogs that are running can accidently run into people and large dogs can knock down a full-grown man. Some dogs have not been socialized to children.

3. Keep an eye on your dog at all times.

4. Remove your dog’s leash prior to entering the park. Carry the leash with you at all times in case it is quickly needed. All extra gear (harnesses or collars other than plain buckle) should be removed as well. This avoids adverse side effects when used during play with other dogs.

5. All food (people food or dog treats) should be prohibited in the dog park area.

6. If your dog is not having a good time, it would be best to remove your dog from the park. You can always try again and see if things go differently. Sometimes it is just the group of dogs that are present at the time that can influence your dog’s behavior.

7. Dog parks are NOT the place to work on your dog’s behavior issues or problems. That should be in your home or yard or within a dog obedience class.

8. If someone complains about your dog’s behavior, consider his perspective before becoming defensive. If a human or his dog is behaving inappropriately, assume they do not know any better and do your best, gently and politely, as this approach generally works better with humans as well as for dogs.