PLEASE scoop your dog’s poop!!! Not only is it a Town of Cobourg By-law, it’s also considerate to fellow dog-owners and all of our dogs!
This is the most common complaint from park users. Help us keep our park clean! There are pick-up bags and garbage cans provided, please use them if you forgot your own. It is understood that we all occasionally miss our dog(s) doing their “business”. If that happens we would ask that you pick-up “orphan poop” anywhere in the park. If we all do our part it will be a better (and cleaner) park for our dogs to enjoy. It is also important to remember that a dog can pick up disease and illness from poop left behind by a sick dog.
Please inform a dog owner politely if you see that they missed their dog relieving him or herself. At the same time, please don’t be offended if someone makes you aware. Let’s work together to ensure that visiting the park remains an enjoyable activity for all!
Once your puppy has had all of his or her vaccinations (around sixteen weeks), it is perfectly safe and encouraged to bring pup to the leash free park. If you notice that your puppy is becoming overwhelmed by other excited dogs, you may want to find a quiet space in the park to let your puppy explore and gain confidence.
If your dog is already an adolescent, begin the introduction by walking him or her around the outer perimeter of the park. This gives your dog the opportunity to greet (sniff) other dogs and vice-versa without being overwhelmed the first time inside the Park. If your dog appears uncomfortable it’s a good idea to stop and try again another day.
Please do not bring dogs who are SICK, AGGRESSIVE, or in HEAT to the leash free park.
Dogs MUST be up-to-date on their vaccinations!
Puppies under four months (16 weeks) are not permitted in the park. This is for the health and safety of your puppy as their immune system is not yet strong enough to protect against disease and illness.
We strongly discourage un-neutered male dogs over the age of one year from coming to the leash free park.
Female dogs in heat are NOT ALLOWED in the leash free park.
FOR THE SAKE OF ALL, PLEASE DO NOT BRING A SICK DOG TO THE PARK.
Thank you for doing your part to create a healthy and happy dog park community!
The issues that can occur with dogs not spayed or neutered is not a sign that they are bad dogs. Un-neutered or un-spayed dogs often cause aggression in other dogs, both neutered/spayed and intact. This is normal canine behaviour, despite the fact that it’s undesirable to people and sometimes very scary. The safe and reasonable solution is to keep unaltered adult dogs out of the leash free area.
Aggression in dogs is serious and can harm not only other dogs but persons as well, both physically and emotionally. Before bringing your dog into the off-leash park, observe how the other dogs are playing and interacting with each other. If they appear to be playing too rough, it may be better to come back later.
Be cautious when entering the gate!
Other dogs tend to gather to “greet” the new guest and sometimes this is overwhelming to the dog entering. The park is equipped with a double-gated entrance. There is a small “transition” area where you should remove your dog’s leash. Bringing your dog into the Park on a leash is NOT recommended as some dogs feel threatened if they are leashed and other dogs are not.
Dogs MUST be under your care and control the entire time they are in the leash free area. Please don’t allow your dog to threaten, intimidate, or bully any other dog or person. Dogs who bully can traumatize and provoke fights.
Bad experiences with bullies can cause future behavioral problems for an otherwise happy dog.
Learn dog language! Dog’s have their own rules and etiquette. Sometimes what appears to be aggression between two dogs is really just play. On the flip side of the coin, sometimes what looks like play can be very serious.
Learn what your dog’s signs of distress are. Know when your dog is stressed, overwhelmed, tired, feeling threatened or threatening others.
Do not allow your dog to harass other dogs or persons.
If your dog becomes disruptive, move to another area of the park for a time-out or, if necessary, leave the park. If you are asked to remove your dog from the park due to behavior, please do so.
When dogs play, running and jumping in groups, there is always the potential that they will demonstrate aggression. Dogs often know when another dog is less confident and may chase or pester that dog. This is why we ask owners watch their dog carefully at all times inside the park.
If you find your dog in an altercation, politely inform the other dog owner that you feel their dog is acting aggressively and ask that they control their dog. If that fails, politely ask them to leave. If the situation escalates, please contact CADDOG for guidance around next steps.
PLEASE do not bring people food into the park. Many dogs are on some form of weight control and many also suffer from food allergies. Giving any food to a dog that you do not know could result in serious illness to that dog. Remember too, that a normally well behaved dog may jump at or lunge for food, especially people food.
With regard to toys, please don’t bring any toys (balls, Frisbees etc) that you or your dog would not like to share with other dogs. Some owners become frustrated when another dog catches their dog’s ball or Frisbee. It shouldn’t be a surprise that most dogs would want in on the fun!
This off-leash dog park was introduced to provide a space away from playgrounds and playing fields where dogs could be free to run without disrupting families with children. This park is a place for dogs, not children. If you bring children into the off-leash park do so at your own risk.
PLEASE read the following recommendations AND watch your children closely when inside the leash free area.
1) This is not a place to bring a child to get him or her over their fear of dogs!
2) It is not advisable to bring small children or infants inside the leash-free area.
3) PLEASE do not allow your children to climb the benches or the fence and NEVER allow a child to chase a dog inside the leash free area.
4) Teach your child proper behaviour in a leash free environment. Playful unsupervised children, mixed with playful unleashed dogs, could result in injury to a small child. PLEASE understand that the leash free is provided for dogs to interact with other dogs and a small child may be an unwelcome interruption to the dogs.
5) If you choose to bring your child into the leash free area you should SUPERVISE VERY CLOSELY! Children should NEVER run inside the park, scream, pick up and or wave sticks or balls and should never approach a dog they do not know.
6) Children have a tendency to run and scream when excited and this behaviour can excite dogs and trigger their natural instinct to chase.
7) If you choose to bring small children in strollers into the leash free area PLEASE do not have any baby food, treats, or toys in the stroller. Dogs WILL follow their nose to whatever may be near and this will create an uncomfortable situation for everyone involved. Additionally, there are many toxins which could harm a dog if ingested.
8) If you are pregnant, PLEASE be extra careful. Every person big or small should be aware of their surroundings but some more than others. There have been instances where people were knocked down by a running (playing) dog.