Dogs in the Park
Dogs are welcome in Fairfax County
However, there are guidelines for dogs in the parks, just as there are for people. Since dogs don't know about the rules, guess who's in charge?
Leash laws and pet waste are the major issues with Pets in the Parks.
LEASHES ARE NOT OPTIONAL
- Dogs affect wildlife behavior through their scent, and can directly disturb and attack wildlife.
- Dogs that are off-leash frequently approach people. Free-roaming dogs create unease with other park users and affect their experience and safety.
- Dogs’ safety is at risk while roaming off-leash. Potential dangers include snakebites, ticks, getting hit by a car, falling through ice and encounters with wildlife or other dogs.
- Animal Control enforces the leash law, and they can be reached at (703) 691-2131.
SCOOP THE POOP
- Cleaning up after your pet is the law and is a common courtesy to your fellow park users.
- Dog waste pollutes our waterways and spreads bacteria.
WHERE CAN MY DOG PLAY OFF LEASH?
Several parks have off-leash areas where you can let your dog roam free.