Respect our neighbors and do not park there or enter the property with your dog.
This means that children under the age of 14 are not allowed to bring in the family dog without an adult present.
This is especially important for dog walkers & sitters. If they’re not your dogs, you may not have full control over them. It’s hard enough to watch one dog!
Female dogs in heat can cause aggression in male dogs. Unneutered male dogs can cause irritation/aggression and stress in other dogs. *Please be very aware of your dog if they still have balls!*
Dogs must be wearing a current rabies tag. This is true for puppies, too. Dogs without a current rabies tag are not allowed.
It’s more enjoyable if everyone is nice to each other!
If you or your dog misbehaves - just own up to it, apologize, and move on.
Tense situations are bound to happen, and warrant a quick shift of focus for dogs. When this happens, please try to keep yelling and any physical reactions to a minimum. Both can increase adrenaline and stress. Remove your dog (and yourself) from the immediate area and give everyone time to cool off.
If a group of dogs begins bullying another dog, make sure your dog isn’t participating - and encourage other owners to do the same. If your dog is involved, please calmly remove him/her from the situation and allow time for all to cool off.
You wouldn’t want them to do that to your dog. If there is a behavioral issue, or something that bothers you, simply express your concern to the owner. EXCEPTION: If there is an aggressive dog situation and the owner is not immediately present, do your best
Don't get distracted, or you cannot quickly respond to an urgent situation. We know you are playing hooky from work. But please limit reading, writing, phone calls, emails, games etc… your focus should remain on your dog.
We want to keep the dog park safe and open for everyone. If we cannot, then the dog park will close. Agility equipment (ramps, tunnels, etc.) is for dogs only.
Keep our park clean and safe and pick up that dog poop! Bags may not always be available, so bring your own.
Be mindful when entering and exiting the gates that people have touched it before you, and will touch it after you. Hand sanitizer is encouraged.
Help maintain social distancing and do not allow children free roam of the dog park.
The city of Decatur's mask ordinance does not extend to outdoor public spaces, but we encourage adults and children to wear masks. This applies especially when the park is busy and social distancing becomes harder.
If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone who is showing symptoms or has tested positive - **Do not enter the park.**
Collars and Leashes
Leashed dogs may be more defensive, or perceived as an "easy target" for other dogs. If your dog cannot be trusted off-leash, they should not be brought into an off-leash dog park.
Dogs play with their mouths and paws, and they can easily get caught on a harness, pronged collar, or other accessories. Just take them off when you come in and they're ready to play!
Remember, this is a dog park, not a children’s park! Do not let your kids roam in the park unsupervised! Many dogs can be too rough or even aggressive towards children. PLEASE keep children close to you and under constant supervision.
Small children, especially running children, may be regarded as prey animals by other dogs. Dogs may also feel the urge to protect children they know. This tends to cause aggressive behavior. If you must bring children to a dog park, supervise them closely. Children must NOT be allowed to behave in ways that could excite or startle the dogs in the park. Also, do not let children roll logs or turn over rocks, it damages the park environment and they could disturb snakes.
Food, Drink, and Smoking
Food of any sort is not allowed inside the park. The presence of food can provoke competition among dogs, which can lead to aggression. This includes treats! Dogs can smell it on you, even if bagged.
Smoking is not allowed inside the park or any park in City of Decatur.
There will always be stray balls and Frisbees. Dogs may claim toys that do not belong to them, which may lead to aggressive behavior. And small toys may be a choking hazard to some dogs, especially larger dogs.