Off-leash areas are typically shared, multi-use open space areas, not designated dog parks. In the San Francisco Bay Area, these areas are shared with other people, dogs, horses, and abundant wildlife.
It’s important to remember that some people are fearful of or uncomfortable with dogs, and do not view off-leash recreation as a legitimate recreation. Any blatant disregard of doggie rules or lack of courtesy might be used as a reason to restrict off-leash recreation. Keep in mind that your actions make a difference, and even the biggest supporters of dogs and off-leash recreation have little patience for rude behavior.
To promote a positive experience for all and help prevent loss of recreation areas, Eco-Dog encourages good canine behavior and adherence to a few basic, common sense guidelines.
- Clean up your dog’s poop and dispose of it properly.
- Carry one leash per dog at all times, and leash up when your dog isn’t responding to voice control.
- Keep your dog under voice and sight control.
- Train your dog to always come when called (a reliable recall). There is a list of Recall exercises in the Resource Library.
- Leave only paw prints.
- Be aware of local leash laws and rules that may apply to you and your dog. Check out the Open Space/Parks section of this website to assist you.
A few good reasons to train your dog:
- To prevent your dog from disturbing birds or other wildlife (If you encounter a stranded seal or sea lion, phone the Marine Mammal Center’s rescue hotline: 1-800-289-7325)
- To prevent your dog from chasing joggers, cyclists, hang gliders, and other visitors
- To prevent your dog from chasing or barking at equestrians (See the FAQ about dogs and horses in the www.fortfunstondog.org Resource Library.)
- To prevent your dog (even if “he’s friendly!”) from approaching strangers without their permission, particularly children (and especially children with food)
- To prevent your dog from jumping on or knocking into people and from going into restricted or fenced areas
- To prevent your dog from disturbing or destroying areas with sensitive vegetation and digging - if your dog digs, fill in the hole to prevent others from tripping
Dog Training Classes and Workshops
We are very fortunate to have top-notch dog trainers in the San Francisco Bay Area. The San Francisco SPCA, the Marin Humane Society, and the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA all offer terrific dog training classes and workshops at reasonable prices. These regular classes and workshops, ranging from puppy basics to specialty classes, are offered to help build a strong bond between you and your dog and to give you the tools you need so that your dog can become the companion you want.