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Paw Park

More and more people are realizing a healthy lifestyle is beneficial for their pets as well as themselves. We applaud owners for wanting a healthier lifestyle for their pets physically and emotionally. Dog parks allow owners to exercise, socialize, and strengthen the bond between owner and dog in a controlled environment. However, it is very important for owners to exercise proper dog park etiquette. Following dog park rules will help you and your pet have the best experience possible.

Paw Park "Petiquette"

We ask that all guests and dogs visiting the Paw Park abide by the following "petiquette"

1. The first dog park visit can be a little stressful for the novice user (human and dog). First-time visitors might want to consider visiting the park at non-peak times. Peak times are usually before or after work. It may take a couple of tries, or even a few weeks of visits before your dog comes out of his/her shell. If you give your dog a little time, you may be pleasantly surprised by the change and you will have a healthier, friendlier, and more playful dog.

2. Dogs tend to be less territorial when they are on neutral ground such as in a dog park. However, there still may be some dogs that display aggressive behaviors and fights may occur. If your dog displays aggressive behaviors towards other dogs or people, the dog park is not a good place for him/her. If you are unsure how your dog will act around other dogs, or is intimidated by a large number of dogs, then avoid the park at peak times.

3. Only healthy dogs should go to the park. Make sure your dog has all vaccinations required by the state of Missouri and Fort Leonard Wood. Dogs must wear current rabies and identification tags at all times. Note that puppies younger than four months have not yet had all their shots and are not permitted into the dog parks. Non-vaccinated dogs could spread diseases, some fatal.

4. Be aware that dogs have different play styles, temperaments, and physical abilities. Many dogs love rambunctious play. Some dogs suffer from injuries and some are simply more timid. Always respect the wishes of the owner and be prepared to move to another area of the park if your dog is too rambunctious. Remove dogs that play too roughly. If your dog’s play is making other dog’s owners uncomfortable, go to another area of the dog park or return another time.

5. Be cautious of other dogs. Let other dogs approach you, but remember—just because they are friendly, does not mean they won’t bite if they sense they are threatened and feel the need to protect themselves. Any dog can bite in the wrong situation.

6. Help keep the park clean. Always clean up after your pet: this will help ensure the dog park stays free of infectious diseases. Dog feces may contain “hitchhikers” like roundworm or hookworm. Be sure to clean up after yourself as well. Take all trash with you and be careful of cigarette butts as they can be hazardous to dogs. If you must smoke, always deposit extinguished butts in the waste receptacle. Always wear shoes in the park.

7. The park is for dogs! For safety reasons, children entering the dog park must be escorted by a parent. Guardians must remain alert: children can be knocked down by rowdy dogs or frightened by an overly friendly dog. Never let your child take their toys or food into the dog park.

Rules & Regulations
  • There are two separate play areas of the paw park - one designated for larger dogs and one for smaller dogs.
  • Owners are responsible and liable for their dog and any injuries caused by their dog.
  • Dogs must be registered with the Veterinary Treatment Facility.
  • Dog vaccinations must be up to date per FLW Regulation 40-4 and on file at the Veterinary Treatment Facility.
  • Dogs must be leashed before entering and leaving the fenced area.
  • Owners must quickly clean up after their dog and dispose of the waste. Accumulation of dog waste on the ground may prompt closure of the park.
  • Dogs without supervision are prohibited.
  • Dogs in heat are prohibited.
  • Dogs must be at least 4 months of age to enter.
  • Sick dogs or dogs with parasites (worms, fleas, ticks, etc.) are prohibited.
  • Dog food, human food or glass containers are prohibited.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Dogs exhibiting unprovoked barking, growling, or snarling at people approaching the animal are required to immediately be leashed and removed.
  • Dogs biting or scratching people are required to immediately be leashed and removed.
  • Dogs escaping confinement to chase people are required to immediately be leashed and removed.
Additonal Contacts

The Veterinary Treatment Facility

2399 Minnesota Avenue, Ft. Leonard Wood, MO 65473

+1 (573)596-0094

In the event of an emergency or animal control issue, please call the Military Police Desk at +1 (573)596-6141.

Owners are legally and financially responsible for their dog’s behavior and any injuries, damages, or loss their dog may cause.

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