Dog Parks

A group of dogs look at each other in the shade at Ellsworth Urban Dog Park

Dog Park at Wheaton Regional Park

Two small dogs look at each other in Ellsworth Urban Dog Park







What rules govern the use of our Dog Parks?

  • Dogs must display current license and rabies vaccination tags.
  • Dogs must be over 4 months old.
  • Dog-handlers must leash their dogs when outside the dog exercise area, and must be in possession of a leash at all times when inside the park.
  • Dog handlers must be in control of and in visual contact with their dogs at all times.
  • Parents must be in control of their children.  No pet handlers under age 13 (or other specified age).
  • No more than 3 dogs per handler.
  • Dog handlers must immediately remove their dogs’ feces, and repair any holes created by their dogs.
  • No smoking or eating by dog handlers (except for dog treats).
  • No aggressive dog behavior.
  • No female dogs in heat.
  • Hours of the dog exercise area are the same as the hours for the remainder of the park.
  • Dog owners are liable for any injuries or damage caused by their dogs.
  • Users of the dog exercise area do so at their own risk.
  • Except while inside a dog park, all dogs are required to be on a leash while on Park property.

Additional Dog Parks Rules for consideration or dependent on the type of dog park and location:

  • No professional dog training unless sponsored by or approved by the Humane Society, Department of Park and Planning, or County.
  • No pet grooming.
  • Limit on number of dogs in the dog exercise area at one time
  • Dog Parks hours, which are extended to one hour beyond sunset or later between November and March
  • No glass or metal containers
  • Permitting puppies of 4 months or less, if vaccinated, at separate places or specified times in the park
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Last Updated: October 16, 2020