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Dog Park Rules

The following rules apply to all users of the off-leash dog parks.

  • The dog park is for dogs, their handlers, and those accompanying them.
  • Dog handlers must be at least 16 years of age and carry a leash for each dog at all times while in the off-leash area.


  • Children 8 years and younger are not permitted in the dog parks.  Children ages 9-15 must be accompanied by and closely supervised by an adult.
  • Dogs must be at least 4 months old and wearing City of Duluth pet license tag.  If you are not a Duluth resident, a current rabies tag is acceptable.
  • Dogs known to be aggressive or females in heat are not allowed in the dog park.
  • For safety reasons, pinch, prong, and spiked collars are not allowed and must be removed before entering the dog park.
  • Maximum of two dogs per handler in the park at one time.
  • Owners MUST clean up after their dog(s) and deposit feces in the containers provided.
  • All dogs must be off leash in the dog park and on leash outside the dog park.  Owners must be in control of their dog(s) at all times.  (City Code Sec. 35.2(a))
  • Dog owners are legally and financially responsible for their dog's behavior.  If your dog inflicts an injury to another dog or person, you must give your name and contact number to the other party involved before leaving the park.
  • The City of Duluth is not responsible for the supervision of dogs or any damage or injury caused by a dog.  Your presence in the dog park is at your own risk.
  • Smoking and food are not allowed in the off-leash area.  No glass containers.  (City Code Sec 35.8(i))
  • Anyone who sees unattended dogs or other rule violations should call Animal Control at 218-723-3259 or call 911 to report any emergencies.  Any questions or concerns about the dog parks, please call Duluth Parks and Recreation at 218-730-4300.

Dog Park Safety Tips & Etiquette

  • Make your first visit without your dog to familiarize yourself with the site (parking, access gates, ect).  Make your initial doggie visit at a time that is not as busy.  Daytime hours during the week and late afternoons on the weekend are generally quiet times at the dog park
  • Remember that many dogs who visit the dog park are NOT socialized to children.  Keep children close and DO NOT ALLOW running, screaming, or food.  Do not allow your children to approach a dog without permission from the dog's handler.
  • Know your dog!  Not all dogs are good candidates for off-leash parks.  If your dog has not had regular interaction with other dogs, it may lack the necessary social skills to make your visit safe and enjoyable.  Check for training schools that offer remedial socialization classes for adult dogs or for trainers who will work with you at the off-leash parks.  Socialize young puppies (8-16 weeks of age) at a puppy kindergarten class, not at the dog park.
  • Let your dog off-leash as soon as you arrive within the boundries of the park.  Mixing leashed and unleashed dogs commonly causes problems.  Leashed dogs often feel threatened by the free dogs and will display provocative body language and defensive behavior.  If you are uncomfortable about letting your dog off-leash, DO NOT visit the off-leash park.
  • Keep walking!  Walking, rather than sitting or standing will help minimize defensive and territorial behaviors.  This means that your dog is more likely to pass another dog with a friendly sniff instead of a stare down.
  • Be aware that dogs have different play styles, temperaments, and physical abilities.  Many dogs love rambunctious play, but some dogs suffer from injuries and some are more timid and aloof.  Always respect the wishes of the handler and be prepared to move to another area of the park if your dog is too rambunctious.  Leash up and leave if your dog is acting in an aggressive manor. 
  • Pick up poop - always, everywhere!  Hundreds of dogs visit the off-leash dog parks every month, and we want to keep it clean.  Nobody likes to look at or step in dog poop - please use the mutt mitts!
  • Keep the area safe and clean.  Remove extra water jugs.  Pick up trash, cigarette butts, and orphan poops.  Do not allow your dog to dig holes which can cause injuries to unsuspecting people and dogs.  Leave the site in better condition than you found it.  Small actions, multiplied by hundreds of visitors, are what keep our off-leash dog areas a success.
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