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Rules for Off-Leash Areas

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Dog Owners

  • You are liable for damage or injury inflicted by your dog(s) (SMC 18.12.080).
  • You must be in control of your dog(s) at all times (SMC 18.12.080).
  • You must muzzle dogs that exhibit dangerous or aggressive behavior; biting, fighting, and excessive barking are not allowed (SMC 9.25.024).
  • You must leash your dog when it is outside the off-leash area; you must carry a leash for each dog while you are inside the off-leash area (SMC 9.25.084 and 12.18.080).
  • You must clean up after your dog(s) and deposit feces in the containers at the site, and you must visibly carry scoop equipment (SMC 9.25.082 and 18.12.080).
  • You must closely supervise young children.
  • Bring food into off-leash areas at your own risk.
  • Leave bicycles outside off-leash area.
  • Unattended dogs are not allowed in off-leash areas.
  • Owners who see unattended dogs or other rule violations should call Animal Control at 206-386-7387, extension 7.


  • If you're female and you're in heat, you are not allowed in off-leash areas (SMC 9.25.084).
  • If you're a puppy younger than four months of age, you are not allowed in off-leash areas.
  • To come and play in off-leash areas, you need to be licensed and vaccinated (SMC 9.25.080 and 12.18.080).
  • If you wear a pinch or choke collar, ask your human to remove it when you come into off-leash areas.

For more information, please call Animal Control at 206-386-7387.

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Updated September 29, 2015


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