Bend Oregon Off
Leash Park Visitor's Guide
Welcome to this dog
off leash area. These guidelines will
help make your dog park experience a great
à Know your dog!
The most important step to a
successful dog park experience is know your
dog. Not all dogs are good candidates
for off-leash dog parks. If your dog
has not had regular interactions with other
dogs, it may lack the necessary social
skills to make your visit safe and
à Know the park.
Before taking your dog to an
off-leash area, familiarize yourself with
the site and the posted rules.
All dogs visiting the park must be
à Make your
initial visit at a time that is not busy.
daytime hours during the week and late
weekend afternoons are generally the
quietest times at the dog park.
à Keep and eye on
your dog. Just as a parent would
not leave a young child unattended; watch
your pet and monitor whom he/she is playing
with and if their behavior is appropriate.
Make sure you can always see your dog.
à Keep walking!
Walking, rather than sitting or
standing will help minimize defensive and
territorial behaviors. This means that
your dog is more likely to pass another dog
with a friendly sniff instead of a stare
à Do not allow
your children to approach a dog without
permission from the dog's handler. Remember
that many dogs who visit the dog park are
not socialized to children.
à Be aware the
dogs have different play styles,
temperaments and physical abilities. Many
dogs love rambunctious play, while some dogs
suffer from injuries and some are more timid
and aloof. Always respect the wishes
of the handler and be prepared to move to
another area of the park in order to help
facilitate dogs getting along. Leash
up and leave if your dog is misbehaving or
acting in an aggressive manner.
à Scoop the Poop
- Hundreds of dogs visit the dog park every
month and we want to keep it clean for
everyone to enjoy. Nobody likes to
step in or look at dog poop. Plastic
bags, supplied by Bend Park and Recreation
Department are available in on-site storage
à Keep the area
safe and clean. Do not allow your
dog to dig holes, which can cause injuries
to unsuspecting people or dogs. Leave
the site in better condition than you found
it. Small actions, multiplied by
hundreds of visitors, are what keep our off
leash dog areas a success. Report park
condition concerns to Bend Park and
Recreation at 541-388-5435.
Dog. Love your Park