Before you take your dog to a dog park visit without your dog, preferably at several different times of day, to get a feel for the park, and the kinds of crowds you may encounter. Understand that people enter dog parks at their own risk; in areas where dogs are free to roam off-leash, it is almost impossible to determine which dog is at fault when a dog fight occurs. The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA is a wonderful resource for all dog owners. For more information visit www.PHS-SPCA.org or call 650/340-7022.
Know your dog
It is not advisable to bring a dog to a park during your first days or weeks together; give yourself time to know your dog’s behaviors, limitations, and mastery of commands. Gradually socialize your dog. Taking your dog immediately to such an exciting setting could adversely affect a shy dog. Start with a more disciplined arena like a training class, or supervised interactions on-leash with another dog. Once they’re comfortable with this, introduce one-on-one off-leash interactions. If your dog does well, allow off-leash interactions with other dogs.
To report immediate problems at a location or rule violators, call the Park Rangers at 522-7485 or the Police Department non-emergency number at 522-7700.
Have you found a sick, injured or orphaned wild animal, a stray domestic animal or lost an animal in San Mateo County? Please click here for more information or call 650-340-7022.
For more pet resources in San Mateo, search this small pet and vet directory or use the list of map below.