Please scroll down for useful information for our new dog park!
 
  • Advocating and educating the community about responsible dog ownership
  • Working with local vets and trainers
  • Supporting canine recreational programs and activities
  • Helping to maintain and expand Manchester's first community dog park

Please visit Manchester Barks & Rec Dog Park

at Mt. Nebo Park on Spring St.

Click here to see photos of our grand opening.

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DOG PARK RULES

PARK HOURS: DAWN TO DUSK

IN THE EVENT OF AN INCIDENT OR DISPUTE CONTACT:

MANCHESTER DOG OWNERS GROUP AT mdogct@yahoo.com or (860) 647-0119

ALL DOG BITES MUST BE REPORTED TO A

MANCHESTER POLICE DEPARTMENT ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER (860) 645-5515

  • State Laws and Town Ordinances apply and may result in fines if not followed
  • All dogs must have proof of current state dog license and Rabies vaccination on them
  • No smoking within the dog park
  • Use of alcohol on Town property is prohibited
  • No animals other than dogs shall be permitted in the dog park.
  • Dogs must be leashed when entering and exiting the dog park.
  • No children under the age of 16 permitted in the dog park unless accompanied by parent or legal guardian. Small children and infants should remain in strollers
  • Each owner/handler is limited to a maximum of two dogs. Children under the age of 16 may not be considered a handler.
  • One owner/handler or family in the bull pen at a time. Do not enter the double-gated transition area if there is already someone in that area.
  • Training, choke, prong (pinch), and spike collars are strictly prohibited. Quick release collars are recommended.
  • Wait 48 hours after applying topical insecticide before bringing your dog into the park.
  • Owner/Handler must be in the dog park and in control of their dog(s) at all times. Owners/Handlers should be prepared to quickly leash and remove their dogs from the dog park if necessary.
  • Owner/Handler must clean up dog feces. Seal waste in the provided plastic bags before disposing in designated receptacles.
  • Puppies under 4 months old and female dogs in heat are prohibited from entering the dog park.
  • Aggressive dogs are not permitted in the dog park. Dogs must be removed at the first sign of aggression.
  • No toys are permitted in the dog park.
  • Fill any holes your dog digs.
  • Food, beverages, and glass containers are prohibited inside the fenced area of the dog park.
  • No brushing or grooming pets inside the park.
  • Owners/Handlers and guests are required to wear shoes at all times while in the dog park.
  • No Solicitation
  • Patrons of the dog park do so their own risk

 

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DOG PARK ETIQUETTE

Guidelines to making your dog park and your visits to it a success

In the event of an incident or disagreement, please contact Manchester Dog Owners Group, Inc at mdogct@yahoo.com or (860) 647-0119

ALL DOG BITES MUST BE REPORTED TO MPD ANIMAL CONTROL AT  (860) 645-5515

BEFORE YOU COME

Owners are legally responsible for supervision of their animal and any damages caused by their dog. All owners/handlers must remain in the dog park with their dog at all times.

Please keep your dog leashed at all times while outside of the dog park. Even if your dog is under perfect voice control, many non-dog people have fears.

While a rabies vaccination is required by law, we recommend you consult with your veterinarian in regards to additional care/vaccinations such as Bordatella (Kennel Cough), Distemper, Parvo, etc. and heartworm protection.

If your dog has a contagious condition do not visit the dog park until a vet has released your dog from danger to other dogs.

If your dog is aggressive or timid, it is recommended to remedy these behaviors before bringing your dog to a dog park.  A dog park can be a wonderful place to socialize a dog, if you can stick with them, keep them under control, comfort, and encourage them.  As a general rule, well-behaved, well-socialized dogs do best at a dog park.

Teach your child how to behave properly in a dog park environment. Small children should be supervised closely. This is a playground for dogs, not children. Children should not run around, scream, pick up and wave sticks, or approach dogs.  While it is not recommended, children may enter - however, child's play may not. Playful, unsupervised children and playful, unleashed dogs mixed together could result in injury. Understand that this area is provided for dogs to interact with other dogs and that your child could be considered by dogs as an interruption in doggie play. If you choose to bring your child within the dog park, you should SUPERVISE CLOSELY!!!

If your dog is having a bad day, consider skipping a visit that day.

Flea and Tick preventative is highly recommended!  It takes two fleas to begin an infestation.  While we do our best to keep the park pest free, it is surrounded by wildlife and open to the public so there are any number of ways to bring home fleas and ticks.  In turn, DO NOT enter the dog park if you are aware that you pet has fleas.

After applying topical flea/tick preventative (i.e. Frontline, etc), please wait at least 48 hours before bringing you dog to the dog park.  When dogs play, they tend to mouth each other on the back of the neck.  If a dog licks newly applied flea/tick preventative, they can become sick.

FIRST TIMERS & SHY DOGS

Many dogs will be experiencing the off-leash environment for the first time and may not be used to the experience. Consider coming at off-peak times to get your pet adjusted to the dog park.  Allow dogs to adjust at their own pace; do not push them to do anything they will not do on their own.  Keep your first few trips short to minimize the stress on your dog. Leaving early when your dog is having a good time will make it more likely that your dog will be eager to return for subsequent visits.  It takes time for a dog to become comfortable with the fact that other dogs all share the neutral environment.

ENTERING THE PARK

Place your dog off leash in the transition area before entering the unleashed area. Some dogs can feel threatened if they are leashed in the presence of unleashed dogs.

Quickly move away from the gate as you enter. That will help disperse the group of dogs that will come over to welcome your dog to the park and your dog will not feel cornered or threatened. This will lessen the problem caused when several off leash dogs, already in the dog park, come running over to greet the new arrival, perhaps overwhelming the arriving dog.

INSIDE THE PARK

If you notice your dog is a member of the “welcoming committee,” please move them away.

ALWAYS SCOOP YOUR DOG'S POOP!  Bags are provided for your convenience.  Please help with clean up.  Keep in mind that you will occasionally miss some of your dog's poop and our continued use of this type of public amenity will depend on our control of this issue.

Be considerate.  Even if you know your dog is just playing, other people/dogs may not find their play enjoyable.  If someone seems hesitant to allow your dog to play with his or her dog, please be courteous and move your dog away.

Do not pick up or grab somebody else's dog without permission.  You might get bitten or you might inadvertently injure a dog that is recovering from illness or surgery, etc.

Keep your dog park clean.  Trash, cigarette butts, and anything else on the ground may end up in a dog's mouth.  If you see it ask yourself, "Would I want my dog to eat this?"

Keep moving. Dog experts say this will keep the off-leash area neutral territory.

Be aware of your dog(s) behavior.  Know where your dog is and what your dog is up to at all times.  Distractions can lead to unsafe conditions or incidents, annoying of people or dogs, missed poops, accidents, escapes, injuries, etc.

Keep your head on a swivel at all times as there will likely be groups of dogs running around the park and having fun. People standing around are obstructions. A dog being chased may try to run its pursuer into a person in order to gain an advantage. Stay alert!

BOTTOM LINE

Remember that the dog park is for everyone to use.  Be respectful of others and YOUR dog park will be an enjoyable, healthy, educational experience for handlers and dogs.  Keep in mind that everyone at the park wants the same thing - socialized dogs that can have fun together.

THIS IS YOUR DOG PARK!

Take pride and ownership in your park to make it great for everyone.

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DOG PARK FAQs

1. I thought Phase 1 was the small dog park and Phase 2 for large dogs but when I arrived, there is a sign for small dog play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Are they not allowed to play any other time?

Easy Answer: All dogs are allowed every day. We are asking that big dog owners give preference to small dogs on Tues & Thurs if they ask. Enjoy!

Explanation: Essentially, both areas are "all" dog areas. While large dogs are generally drawn to the larger area, you will occasionally see some larger geriatric, "shy," or small dog friendly dogs in the smaller area. Most dog parks do not define the areas because of this reason. Until Phase 2 is complete, we want everyone to have an opportunity to play comfortably.

2. What defines small vs large?

For the purpose of the small dog sessions, 20 lbs and under.

3. I arrived after the Grand Opening was over and there was no trash can.

Easy Answer: Monday is trash day. Since volunteers were already at the park for the Grand Opening, we moved the receptacle to the end of the path for Monday pick up.

Explanation: The dog park relies 100% on volunteers to care for it. Because of this, we ask everyone to pitch in. There is one trash receptacle and pick up day is Monday. If you are there on Sunday, please bring it to the end of the pathway. If you are there on Monday, and the trash bin is empty, please return it to the top of the pathway close to the park entrance.

4. I noticed there are not water bowls or buckets in the park. Will there be ones provided in the long run?

Easy Answer: No, we recommend you bring your own bowl and fresh water each time you come.

Explanation: We held a forum with a number of pet professionals regarding rules and etiquette. We did discuss the option of having bowls in the park. All of the professionals were concerned with community bowls being a breeding ground for bacteria and communicable disease for dogs, particularly Kennel Cough which, like the flu or a cold, can have different strains. That's why our organization opted not to supply bowls. As with any other outing you have with your dog, we recommend you provide a clean bowl and fresh water for your pet each time you visit the park.

5. My puppy is 3 months old, why can’t they go to the dog park to get socialized?

Easy Answer: Puppies have not yet built up an immunity to some of the things they could be exposed to at the dog park.

Explanation: There are two reasons for this rule… First, puppies are usually not fully vaccinated until they are at least 4 months old. They may be exposed to diseases that older dogs are not susceptible to because of their exposed immune system and vaccinations. Not to mention, most dogs are not registered until they are 6 mo. old and they must be registered to enter the dog park. Second, the dog park is a place to be social with your dog but is not the ideal place for initial socialization. We recommend you bring your dog to a training class or supervised playgroup for this purpose. There can be a lot going on at a dog park that may intimidate a puppy outside of a controlled environment.

6. Why is there no food or toys allowed in the dog park?

Easy Answer: Food and Toys may cause aggression in any dog.

Explanation: Any dog has the ability to be possessive. It is a natural survival instinct to protect what they feel is theirs. Often times, protection can go to far and cause aggression even in the nicest of pooches. By not allowing food or toys inside the dog park, we are eliminating two of three things dogs may be possessive of. The third is usually their family (two and four legged). If you find your dog is aggressive toward others because they are possessive of you and your family, we would recommend you bring your dog for behavioral training before returning to the dog park.  

PLEASE KEEP THE QUESTIONS COMING, THIS IS A GREAT FORUM FOR EDUCATING EVERYONE.