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Monday, September 1, 2014
Parks & Recreation: Dog Park Rules, Regulation & Info
Next to you... Your dog's best friend is a Clark County Dog Park
(702) 455-8200
All dog parks are open daily 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Please Note:
Dogs must be on a leash and under owner's control in county parks. Owners whose dogs are off-leash will be given a warning, and will be cited for the second infraction. Owners whose dogs are off-leash and are deemed a threat by Park Police will be cited immediately with no warning. The citation carries a fine of $250.

Guidelines

Before You Go to a Dog Park

  • Make your first visit without your dog. Familiarize yourself with how the area works and its posted rules.
  • Not all dogs like meeting new dogs. If your dog has not regularly interacted with other dogs, find out how he will react before forcing him to meet lots of unfamiliar dogs. Invite a few mellow dogs over to your friend’s big yard to play.
  • Check for obedience schools that offer socialization classes for adult dogs or enroll in doggie daycare.
  • Be sure to socialize puppies (8-16 weeks of age) at a puppy kindergarten class. Early socialization is one of the most important things you will ever do for your dog!
  • The first few times you take your dog to a site, choose a time that is not busy. Weekday evenings are peak times. Weekends and holidays tend to be busy all day long.
  • The first visit can be a little stressful for both you and your dog, so keep it short and happy. Gradually work your way to longer visits.
Dog Park Mission Statement
We believe responsible ownership involves keeping our companion dogs happy and healthy. We believe that in order for dogs to be healthy and well socialized, they need off-leash time to exercise and play with other dogs. Dogs that are socialized and get plenty of regular exercise are more adjusted to people and other dogs, are unlikely to be aggressive and dangerous, and are healthier and happier than pent-up or un-socialized dogs.

We are committed to working with the public and elected and appointed officials to ensure that parks are a benefit to everyone and to educate them about dog-related issues and the value of off-leash recreation. We seek respectful, enlightened coexistence with other park users through properly supervising and maintaining appropriate conduct of dogs off-leash.

Prevent A Dog Fight Before It Happens: Learn the 4P Warning Signs:

  • Posture: A dog’s body language can communicate fear, hostility or submission. Learn to read and respond to your own dog’s body language, and others.
  • Packing: More than 4 or 5 dogs packed together can lead to trouble. Break it up before it starts by leading your dog to a neutral area at least 30 feet away.
  • Possession: Whether it’s you, a ball or a treat, most dogs will protect what is theirs. Remain aware and consider not bringing those items.
  • Provoking: If your dog is continuously annoying another dog or dogs, or provoking attention, it’s time to leave the park.
What You Can Do To Prevent a Fight:
  • Pay attention to your dog and be aware of where he is and what he is doing at all times.
  • Stay close enough to control or protect your dog in the face of a potential fight.
  • Keep a collar on your dog at all times so you have something to grab, if needed.
  • Leave the Park. Some days it’s just a bad mix. Go for a walk or come back later. You and your dog will be better off.

What You Can Do If A Fight Occurs:

  • Never reach your hands into the middle of a dogfight. You may get bitten, possibly by your own dog.
  • Distract the dogs and divert their attention. A blast of water from a water bottle, loud whistle, or a pocket air horn may work.
  • If a fight occurs, control your dog and remove him to a neutral area.
  • Maintain a cool head. Getting upset and yelling will only add to the frenzy.
  • When warranted, exchange contact information with the other dog owners. If you can’t because you must attend to your dog, designate someone else to get information.
What to Do If You or Your Dog Are Injured in a Dog Fight:
  • Remember: An injured dog may bite anyone nearby. A dogfight can be violent and is upsetting to everyone present.
  • Attitude: Even the calmest, most pleasant, well-adjusted person may become upset, angry or belligerent, if they or their dog is injured in a fight. Emotional behavior is automatic; try to remain calm and as objective as possible.
  • Legal Responsibility: Owners are solely liable for injuries or damage caused by their dogs. This includes injury to another dog or person, no matter how it began, who said what, or whatever.
  • Exchange Information: All involved parties should provide pertinent information including name, address, phone numbers and vaccination records to each other.
  • Report the Incident: Minor scuffles occur frequently. In the case of a serious fight or injury or a dog that clearly exhibits aggressive or dangerous behavior, call Animal Control or the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to report the incident. You must have information on the offending person, even if it is only a license plate number.
Your Dog is Your Personal Property. You Are Legally Responsible For Damage of Injury Caused By Your Dog.

Tips for your Visit to the Off-Leash Dog Parks

How to Enter the Park:

  • Do not open outside gate if the inside gate is open. Be patient. One dog at a time.
  • Remove your dog’s leash inside the double-gated holding pen. Enter the Park, close the gate and move your dog away from the entrance.
  • Do not leave a leash on your dog in the Park. This may put your dog at a disadvantage and may actually cause an altercation.
  • If your dog must be muzzled, perhaps it shouldn’t be in the Dog Park.
  • Remain In Control and in sight of your dog at all times.
  • Pay attention! Owners must clean up after their dogs. There are plastic bags and trash receptacles provided.
  • Carry your dog’s leash with you in the Dog Park. A leash is a sure way of gaining control over your dog if needed and may act as an impromptu muzzle in an emergency.
Please note: Puppies under four months of age are at risk of infection even when vaccinated. Younger dogs’ immune systems are not fully mature.

Your dog must have a collar (no spikes or prongs, please!), with proper ID and rabies tags when in the Dog Park.

Correct Owner Behavior

  • Do not bring food or dog treats into the Dog Park.  Many owners do not feed treats.  Some dogs may be allergic.
  • Do not leave water bowls at the Dog Park.  Community water bowls that are not allowed to dry out are a breeding ground for many viruses and bacteria.
  • Please do not bring any toys to which you or your dog may be particularly attached.  these items may provoke possessive aggressive conduct, or be destroyed through rough play.
  • Basic obedience training is a must for a safety reason.  You must be in control of your dog at all times.

Understanding Canine Behavior:
Be aware that dogs have different play styles. Educate yourself about dog behavior. Behavior that concerns some dog owners may simply be a rambunctious play style. Always respect another dog owner’s wishes if they are not comfortable with how your dog is interacting with theirs. Simply move to another part of the park for a while. Leash up and leave if your dog is acting in an aggressive manner or having a bad day.

Move around. Walking defuses defensive behaviors and keeps the off-leash area a neutral territory. This means your dog is more likely to pass by another dog with a sniff-sniff rather than a stare-down.

 

Keep licenses and vaccinations up to date. Sometimes, when people stand around, the dogs may become protective of their people and their space, making scuffles more likely to occur.

  • This is a dog park. Not all dogs are child-friendly! Never allow your child to approach or pet a strange dog without the owner’s presence and approval.
  • Herding dogs may nip at children while attempting to round them up.
  • A running, squealing or screaming child may attract dogs’ attention.
  • Direct eye contact is confrontational to dogs. An interested child staring into a dog’s face may provoke a dog unintentionally.
  • Never let your child have toys or food in the Dog Park. A friendly dog might knock down your child to get at a bright ball or cookie.
  • One adult to supervise several children or an infant and the family dog is not sufficient to ensure everyone’s safety and control. Be sure you can take care of everyone you bring to the park.
  • All dogs have the potential to bite.

The Health Risks:

  • Children are most susceptible to contracting intestinal worms and other infections from touching grass where feces or urine are present.
  • Be sure your children (and you) always wear shoes in the Dog Park.
  • Children can pick up flease, lice, or skin mites from infected dogs.

Keep Learning! Be a responsible dog owner.
Keep licenses and vaccinations up to date, spay or neuter your dog, train your dog in basic obedience, educate yourself about dog behavior (many books, magazines and websites are available), and join the organization that supporting your site!!!!!

The Dog Park Is Not a Place For Your Child! 

  • Remember the trail is shared by hikers, bikers, walkers, and other users.
  • Use only non-motorized forms of transportation.
  • Person shaving motorized wheelchairs have access to the trail.
  • Bicyclists should yield to other users.
  • Keep right except to pass.
  • Announce passing to other users.  Pass with caution.
  • Moved off paved trail when stopped.
  • Please yield to law enforcement, maintenance and emergency vehicles.
  • Respect private property.
  • Clean up after your pet.
  • Observe speed limit.
  • Heed all signs.
  • Don't litter.

Dog Park Rules

  • Park hours are 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Canine and human visitors enter at their own risk.
  • Owners are legally responsible for their dogs and any injury or loss caused by their dogs.
  • Clark County will not be responsible for injuries to visiting dogs, their owners or others using the park.
  • Dogs must be under voice command, control and accompanied by humans at all times.
  • Owners must clean up after their dogs. Bags and disposal stations are provided.
  • Dogs must have proof of license and immunization.
  • Leash your dog whenever outside of the off-leash area.
  • Obey all signs and keep dogs in designated areas only.
  • Dogs that are aggressive are not allowed in the park.
  • Dogs in heat or puppies under 4 months old are prohibited.
  • Don’t let your dog dig holes, fill any holes mistakenly dug.
  • No food allowed in off-leash area.
  • Park patrolled by Animal Control to assure compliance.
  • Violators to park rules are subject to removal from the park and possible legal action.
  • To report bites and/or violations please call Animal Control at (702) 455-7710.
  • Emergencies call 911.
  • Owners may bring a maximum of three dogs to the park at one time.
  • An adult must accompany children under 12 years of age.
  • Children under 5 years of age are not allowed in the fenced in, off-leash area.
  • Respect other park visitors both human and canine by keeping your pet from jumping on or interfering with other people or their pets.
  • Remember and respect nature. Nevada is known for its wild critters, snakes and reptiles.
  • Clark County has adopted a new ordinance regarding sterilization for dogs and cats.