Labradoodle & Goldendoodle Forum
In my area, (I'm in the Chicago suburbs) every town or village has their own rules, and those can even vary from park to park. I'm on the border between two suburbs, and in my town, dogs are allowed in all of the parks as long as they are leashed and you clean up after them. (There is one off-leash dog park). In the town right next to me, dogs are not allowed in most of the parks ever; there are a few where they allowed on-leash. I've never heard of any town or park where dogs are only allowed at certain times of the year, though.
Dogs aren't allowed in the parks or on trails??? I don't even know what to think of that! I'm curious where you live. I would guess not one of the super dog friendly cities?
The only time I've encountered a park where the dogs couldn't go was at Cheyenne Mountain State Park in Colorado Springs. They do allow dogs in the park. They can camp with you even in the hike in sites, but they don't allow dogs in the backwoods on the trails. And it has to do with the ecosystem. But there are a lot of other trails where dogs are permitted to be. So even though I didn't like it, I kind of understood.
Here we have a fair number of off leash dog parks. Otherwise as far as I've ever heard dogs are invited on leash. You're supposed to clean up after them of course, but a fair number of people don't, which makes me so angry. I don't want them to ruin it for everyone! Summertime here we have concert in the park series where they have music and kind of a festival atmosphere. The event rotates weekly through the different parks. There are a few of these events where they ask you to leave dogs home, but most of them are dog friendly too.
I can't imagine going to the park and leaving the dogs home. I would feel so guilty and it wouldn't be fun at all. I go to the park to be with the dogs. The big park has a marina and rents kayaks and paddleboards, and I really want to try paddleboarding to see if it might be something I would like to try to do with the dogs, but I'm not sure if they rent paddleboards to dogs and I haven't ever found a good day when I wanted to go to the park without them.
I hope you are able to get this rule changed. It makes me very sad.
That's crazy! Get rid of those unsightly dogs! That's going a bit too far so I hope they overturn it.
Luckily we don't have any restrictions other than leash law in town. We live near Natl. Parks (no dogs on trails) but plenty of space and trails that we can go off leash
We have festivals & parades all summer long in the downtown park & streets and dogs are allowed. Most of the time I leave him home because of the crowds and other dogs, but I like having the choice.
This seems so crazy. I'm in Indianapolis. We have several dogparks in the area. We also have 20+miles of rail-to-trail linear parks. I love seeing the dogs when I'm running. Of course, the dogs are on leash for the most part. I would think leash laws with designated areas within the parks would be a good alternative.
Haley, one of our wonderful Lake Co. Illinois forest preserve dog parks is less than an hour and a half from you, if you ever wanted to make the trip or happen to be in Northern IL. 48 acres of woods & fields where you can hike the trails with your dog off leash:
Oh thank you so much Karen! Not only is this not too far away, but it is very very close to my aunt and uncle's house! I had no idea. We could take Yeti to play and for a visit!! Thank you very much!!
We use a couple of the other Lake Co forest preserve dog parks that are closer for us, and they are wonderful. You do have to pay a small fee ($10) if you don;t live in Lake Co, but if your Aunt & Uncle do, it's $5 per visit.
That is crazy. We go to a metro park in the area. Pets leashed and clean up their mess. There are doggie bag stations and trash cans all along the way. However, I see dog poop on the sidewalks where people don't follow the rules. All it takes is a few irresponsible dog owners to ruin it for everyone.