The growth of off-leash dog parks has continued to sweep the nation by storm. Off-leash dog parks are great places for pet owners in both suburban and urban neighborhoods to exercise their dogs. However, as a public entity, you should be aware there are risks involved. OneBeacon Government Risks wants to provide your public entity with rules, regulations and other policy related items that you should consider to keep an off-leash dog park responsibly and safely maintained.
Inspections are vital for any public entity owned space. Not only do you need to have an inspection program in place, inspections need to take place frequently. The inspections need to be properly documented and they should not be disposed of prior to your state’s statute of limitations. If complaints are made, make sure to document them and follow-up once a correction to problem is made. See the below infographic for items to consider on your inspection list.
Consider posting rules and regulations in a spot visible to pet owners entering the park. Please remember that the below are just a few samples. You should always consult with your legal team to determine rules that suit your public entity.
- The hours the dog park is open. Example: This dog park is open from sunrise to sunset.
- Use part at your own risk.
- Let your dog off the leash only after you’ve entered through and closed the double gates.
- Never leave your dog unsupervised.
- You must be at least 16 years old to bring a dog into the park unless accompanied by an adult.
- Clean up after your dog.
- No smoking, glass containers or alcohol is allowed inside the park.
- Owners are legally responsible and liable for their dogs and any injuries caused by them.
To see a full list of sample rules and regulations, email email@example.com