Not sure what's ok? Be sure to review our park rules to make sure you have the best dog park experience possible.
Lewiston City Council has unanimously approved the first reading of the City Code change for the dog park rules and we are waiting for approval of the second and third reading for the code to officially go into effect.
ORDINANCE NO. 4639
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF LEWISTON ADDING LEWISTON CITY CODE § 8-48, SETTING FORTH RULES AND REGULATIONS RELATED TO DOG PARKS OPERATED BY THE CITY OF LEWISTON; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LEWISTON, IDAHO:
SECTION 1: Section 8-48 is hereby added to the Lewiston City Code:
Sec. 8-48. Dog Parks.
(a) This section applies to all dog parks located with the City limits that are operated by the City of Lewiston.
(b) All dog parks shall be open during daylight hours, from sunrise to sunset.
(c) Use of the dog parks shall be at each individual’s own risk. Dog owners and handlers shall be responsible for the actions and behavior of dogs under their care and control and shall be liable for any damage or injury inflicted by dogs under their care and control. The City of Lewiston shall not be liable or responsible for any damage or injury that occurs in a dog park. Dog park users assume all risk associated with use of a dog park and shall hold the City of Lewiston, its officers, agents, and employees harmless for any injury or damage caused by dogs or humans while accessing or using a dog park.
(d) The following rules apply to all dog parks operated by the City of Lewiston:
(1) All dogs must be on a leash and collar while entering and exiting the dog park. Dogs are not required to be on a leash while in the fenced area of the dog park.
(2) Dogs must be under the control of the owner or handler at all times. Dog owners and handlers must be physically capable of controlling their dogs and must prevent aggressive behavior, biting, fighting, and aggressive biting.
(3) Dogs showing any aggression must be leashed and immediately removed from the dog park. Dogs with a known history of aggressive or dangerous behavior are prohibited from the dog park.
(4) Each person aged thirteen (13) years and older may have up to a maximum of two (2) dogs in the dog park at any given time.
(5) Dog owners and handlers shall carry one (1) leash per dog under their control.
(6) No dog may be left unattended in the dog park. Dogs must be within view and voice control of the owner or handler at all times.
(7) Dogs under six (6) months of age are not allowed in the dog park.
(8) Dogs must have current vaccinations and license.
(9) Dogs must be healthy and free of contagious diseases and parasites.
(10) Appropriate dog toys are allowed, but dog toys that are edible, such as rawhides and bones, are not allowed in the dog park.
(11) Dogs in heat are not allowed in the dog park.
(12) Dog owners and handlers shall pick up and dispose of their dog’s waste.
(13) Dog owners and handlers shall repair any damage caused by their dog, such as holes dug by their dog.
(14) Animals other than dogs are not allowed in the dog park.
(15) The small dog enclosure is only for dogs weighing less than thirty (30) pounds. No large dogs are permitted in the small dog enclosure.
(16) The large dog enclosure is for dogs weighing thirty (30) pounds or more. Small dogs are allowed in the large dog enclosure at their own risk.
(17) All children twelve (12) years of age and younger must be accompanied and supervised by an adult aged eighteen (18) years or older at all times while in the dog park.
(18) The dog park is subject to closure upon determination by the City that there is a reason deemed to be in the public’s interest or safety, or for maintenance purposes.
(19) Any person who violates these rules may be removed from the dog park and/or prohibited from returning to or using the dog park.
SECTION 2: This ordinance shall take effect and be in full force from and after its passage and publication.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Yes. One of the features at Penny’s Memorial Dog Park is that small dogs will have their own separate area.
Dogs that threaten, bully, or intimidate dogs or people are not allowed in the park. Dogs with a bite history (a bite to a dog or person that broke skin) are not allowed.
Unfamiliar dogs, particularly those giving off a sexual scent, attract a lot of attention from other dogs. In an off-leash setting intact males and females in heat are a magnet for other dogs and can quickly become overwhelmed by the other dogs in the park. As arousal level increases in all the dogs present the risk of a fight also increases.
The 6-month age limit has been established to minimize the risk of disease, physical injury, and emotional trauma. Please see a professional trainer for puppy classes that involve puppy socialization for dogs 2-6 months old. It's important that your puppy have lots of great experiences with other dogs and learns good social skills BEFORE you bring him to an off leash park.
Correction collars (choke, slip, prong, pinch, shock, citronella, etc.) can inflict pain and injure the dog wearing the collar and the dogs he plays with during romp time at the park. Before entering the park correction collars should be removed and replaced with a flat collar for safety. If you are using a correction collar to walk your dog consider switching to a front clipping body harness such as Wonder Walker or Easy Walk for better control.
A body harnesses can be a great tool for managing strong tuggers and preventing handlers from applying too much force to the throats of small dogs. In an off leash setting other dogs might grab them with their mouths or get their feet tangled in them during play, which can lead to panic and a fight. Replace your harness with a collar when you enter the park.
A park full of holes can lead to sprained ankles. If you see your dog digging a hole please get him involved in less destructive activity and fill in the hole.
The keeping of any dog within the city is hereby forbidden and unlawful, unless the owner, custodian, keeper or person harboring the dog shall procure a license from the city for such dog. The license shall be obtained from one of the following:
Southway Animal Clinic
705 16th Ave, Lewiston, ID 83501
Orchards Pet Hospital
207 Thain Rd, Lewiston, ID 83501
Lewiston Veterinary Clinic
421 22nd St N, Lewiston, ID 83501
Lewis Clark Animal Shelter
6 Shelter Road, Lewiston, ID 83501
Lewiston City Hall
1134 F Street, Lewiston, ID 83501
Regardless of which dog started the scuffle a quiet break is appropriate to lower the arousal level of each dog. If the incident was small you can re-enter the park after a quiet walk around the block to give your dog the opportunity to end the play session on a good note.
Mixing leashed and unleashed dogs often leads to trouble because the leashed dog either experiences frustration or is quickly overwhelmed by the other dogs. All dogs within the park need to be off leash. If you have concerns about off-leash play contact a trainer about supervised playgroups so you can learn more about your dog's social skills before coming to the park.
In the event of a fight you may need to quickly leash your dog so you can leave the park without further incident.
In older dogs a nice greeting followed by moving through the park to investigate things together is great socialization time. In young dogs play involves bouncy movements, often side to side, that is punctuated by short rests. Wrestling matches and games of chase that go on too long raise arousal levels and can escalate into scuffles. Monitor your dog's play and interrupt every now and then to lower your dog's arousal level to keep the play session friendly. Don't allow your dog to overwhelm another dog (excessive jumping on, pinning down, chasing). If you aren't sure how the other dog feels, call your dog to you and see if the other dog comes over to get your dog's attention or uses that opportunity to escape.