Make Your Park Pet-Friendly

Dog parks are a popular community amenity, with millions of dog owners across the country enjoying a visit to socialize with their pets and with other people. Trails also provide a great way for pet owners to get themselves and their dogs out for a little exercise. To ensure pet parks and trails are as pet-friendly as possible, it's important to provide amenities like dog waste stations and more.

Q: We are looking to develop a dog park, but we're not sure which amenities we should provide. What should we know?

A: To ensure your site is both pet- and people-friendly, consider dog park products to boost the fun for pooches, and people-friendly products like benches and shade.

Agility equipment and other dog park products should be sturdy and made from pet-safe materials. Look for equipment that is designed for dogs of all sizes and levels of agility.

Dog owners will appreciate benches, leash posts and trash receptacles. Dog-themed furnishings will give your park a fun look.

Q: Lots of dog owners visit our parks and trails, but they don't always clean up after themselves. What should we consider?

A: Dog waste isn't just smelly and unsightly—it can also pose a safety hazard. Dog droppings can contain dangerous bacteria and viruses, creating a health hazard for people and pets at your site, and potentially getting into the groundwater. Be sure pet owners are aware of these problems, and post the rules in a visible place, so dog owners know their pets should be leashed and that they should always pick up after themselves.

Place pet waste stations in convenient locations to make it simple for pet owners to clean up after themselves and keep your park clean and free of waste. Signage will provide a visual cue, keeping dog owners aware of their responsibility to help keep things clean and safe for all.