- Pick up after your dog and fill in any holes that your dog digs. Dog
waste left in the park is a nuisance that can spread disease
and contaminate surface water, and holes are a hazard to all
- All dogs must enter and exit the park on a leash. No dog is to
be off-leash in the parking lot or other park areas at any time.
- People and dogs use the park at their own risk. Keep your dog
in sight and under verbal control at all times.
- Aggressive dog behavior will not be tolerated. Other park
patrons may ask owners of aggressive dogs to leave and hold them
liable for injuries caused by their dogs. If you are concerned
about a repeatedly aggressive dog, notify the PACK
Board, and, if necessary, the Burnsville police.
- All dogs over the age of four months must be fully licensed and vaccinated.
Females in heat are not allowed.
- For their safety, supervise children inside the park at all times.
- No human food or dog treats are allowed in the park as their presence
may incite aggressive behavior.
- Park users may use the park between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
||An Expert Point of View
Cesar Millan, National Geographic Channel's "Dog Whisperer" and author
of "Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and
Correcting Common Dog Problems," offers his top five tips for success
at the Dog Park:
- Make sure your dog is spayed or neutered,
has all her shots, and is in good
health. Under no circumstances should
you bring a sick dog to a dog park!
- Do not use the dog park as a substitute
for the walk! If you drive to the park,
leave your car a block away and take
your dog on a vigorous walk of at least
thirty-five minutes to drain some of her
energy. Never take an over-excited dog
to the park.
- While at the park, don't stop using
your calm-assertive leadership techniques.
Be aware of your dog at all
times, and take responsibility for her behavior.
- A calm-submissive dog will not attract
another dog's aggression, but an excited
dog, a weak, timid dog, or an aggressive
dog can become a fight-magnet.
- Know your dog! If your dog has poor
social skills, is overly fearful or aggressive,
or if you have not yet established a calm-assertive leadership
your dog, find a more controlled way to
introduce her to the company of other
dogs such as "play dates" with one or
two other dog owners.
||If your dog becomes aggressive...
- Leash your dog immediately. A "time out" in your vehicle
or a few leashed laps around the park should redirect their energy.
- If your dog causes several aggressive incidents with more than
one dog, they should be leashed and taken home for the day.
- If your dog causes serious aggressive incidents on three or more
separate visits to the park, please stop coming to the park until
you have consulted an animal behaviorist or trainer and have
corrected the behavior.
- If you witness behavior that concerns you, calmly approach the
owner and respectfully share your concerns.
careful when setting items on the ground. Some dogs view
any object on the ground as a toy and will pick up and play with,
chew on or dunk them! If you bring personal items with you,
please use the tables.
- You will most likely get dirty and wet, so dress accordingly.
There is a dog-washing station across the parking lot from the
- Secure your vehicle by closing windows, locking doors, and activating
alarm. Do not leave valuables (i.e., keys, radar detectors,
removable stereos, compact discs, wallets, purses, checkbooks,
credit cards, etc.) in your vehicle while it is unattended.
Report suspicious activity and vandalism immediately to the Burnsville
Police Department at