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Park Safety Rules

LEASH FREE ZONE REGULATIONS
IN THE TOWN OF HALTON HILLS
Hours of Operation: 6:00 am to 11:00 pm
PLEASE REVIEW AND ABIDE BY THESE GUIDELINES:

Aggressive Dogs -> Animal Control (905) 877-6235  (see below*)

♦ Remove collars with chains or spikes–other dogs can be hurt while playing. 
    No leashes inside the leash free zone.

“Scoop the Poop” and put the bag in the garbage can.

♦ Watch your dog closely and be ready to take control of any situation. You are responsible for your dog.

♦ Allow dogs off leash only within the designated area;
    (you can be fined up to $5,000.00 if your dog is off leash outside of the fenced designated area).

♦ Dogs over 1 year old must be neutered to use the park.

♦ Dogs should be fully vaccinated before entering the leash-free area. Puppies should have their 12-week shots
     and should be at least 4 months old before coming to a leash-free park.

♦ Never use the leash-free area when your dog is in heat.

♦ It is recommended that you not bring toys/frisbees to the leash-free zones (they can cause problems between
   dogs). If you do... be willing to share.

♦ No children under 12 unaccompanied by an adult

Aggressive Dogs*

If a dog becomes dangerously aggressive, the owner must remove it from the Leash-Free area immediately. 
Owners may face charges under the Dog Owners Liability Act if a dog displays aggressive behavior.

IF you encounter problems, call:
Animal Control at (905) 877-6235.

> Details about the: dog, owner, car description, car licence plate number, date and time of incident will help the Animal Control officer resolve the situation.

IF a dog attacks/bites a person:  Phone the Police.

This Leash Free Zone is operated by HHDOG in cooperation with the Town of Halton Hills.
USE AT YOUR OWN RISK

Contacts:
Recreation and Parks at (905) 873 2601 ext 2274
HHDOG email: group@hhdog.com



CHILDREN IN THE DOG PARK

The purpose of an Off-Leash zone is for dogs to play with dogs, and for adult dog owners to exercise their dogs.

Children are at risk of injury in a dog park because of their small size and lower weight relative to an adult. To a dog, size matters, so they respect adults more than children.

It is not appropriate or safe for children to engage their own dog, or someone else’s dog, in any form of play while inside the dog park. Other dogs may misinterpret a child’s behaviour and react inappropriately, or they may not be comfortable around children.

When dogs chase each other they run very fast and they can cause serious injury to a toddler, child or adult who is knocked to the ground.

THIS IS YOUR DOG PARK
LET’S KEEP IT SAFE FOR EVERYONE!

FOR THE SAFETY OF YOUR CHILDREN OR ANY CHILDREN IN YOUR CARE, PLEASE OBSERVE THESE IMPORTANT RULES AND RECOMMENDATIONS:

1. Children under the age of 12 may not enter this dog park without a parent or adult.

2. It is strongly recommended that children under the age of 12 not enter the dog park even when they are with an adult. Your family dog may be small, but there are large dogs in the dog park.

BUT IF YOU MUST BRING CHILDREN INTO THE OFF-LEASH ZONE...

3. Toddlers must be carried by their parent or an adult, and never be allowed to roam the park on foot. Staying seated on a picnic table is the safest spot. 

4. Small children should remain within arm’s reach to the adult who brought them to the park and just enjoy watching the dogs play with each other.

5. Parents who bring children into the dog park must monitor their child’s behaviour to ensure they are not putting themselves at risk.


LEASH FREE ETIQUETTE

• Close both gates properly. Remove the leash from your dog before entering the park. 

• If you bring toys ie. balls and frisbees or other dog-items into the park, always be prepared to share.

• Best Practice - Alert other owners if their dog is pooping while they’re not looking. It’s the right thing to do!

• Human food and dog food is forbidden. Many dogs can be food-aggressive. Have your snack outside. For recall training, please don’t hand out treats. Dogs will congregate and jump up, and many have special dietary needs.

• Keep an eye on your own dog, and be ready to calmly take action. Problems occur when no one is watching. Limit reading and phone usage at the dog park. If you see a problem with another dog, diplomatically alert the owner asap.

• Bring water, especially during hot weather.

• Don’t leave any litter in the park, fill any holes your dog digs and of course... always pick up your dog’s poop. If you can’t locate it, pick up a different one...or two.

• Small and ‘Precious’ dogs: Although tempting, never carry, pick-up, or leave your dog on a leash in the dog park. It’s a sign of weakness to the other dogs - they will rush you, jump up repeatedly and can even attack. Only pick up your dog as a last resort and leave the park immediately.