We love our dog visitors! It’s a delight to see dogs in our parks and on our trails. And while we know that your dog is amazing, we also want to make sure our other visitors feel safe, too.
That’s why we’re asking you to Love ’em and Leash ’em. Keeping dogs on-leash helps to mitigate some of the unpredictable situations that can arise when dogs are introduced to unfamiliar people and pets. We’ve posted some ordinances below to outline some district, county and state expectations. We’re grateful for your help in keeping parks safe and fun—for your dog, and for everyone else!
Want to have an off-leash experience? We’ve got you covered! Try visiting Lively Park, a nearly 4-acre dog park with separate play areas for large dogs and small dogs. It’s a great place to play! Lively Park is located at 6100 Thurston Road.
Luca explores Dorris Ranch on a rare snowy day. Maybe he isn’t used to snow, but it’s okay if he’s surprised—his owner is close at hand!
Ages 18+. New dog? Dog obedience training can help your new dog or pup to achieve basic manners around people and other dogs. Teach watch, sit, down, walk on a leash, come, wait and other tricks while furthering bonds. No class 1/16, 2/6.
Ages 18+. You and your dog learn the tools necessary to be good community citizens, including basic dog obedience and community manners. Your dog will learn watch, sit, down, come, stay, wait, greet and many other tools to be a great community citizen. Canine Good Citizen testing is available. If you have owned your dog for a while and bonded with them and your dog is at least 6 months old, this dog obedience class is for you. No class 1/16, 2/6. Prerequisite: Beginning Dog Training or with instructor approval.
Ages 18+. This dog obedience class is for dog owners who want to push themselves and their dogs to achieve higher levels of Canine Good Citizen understanding and abilities. No registration attend with punch pass only. Prerequisite: Intermediate Dog Training or instructor approval. No class 1/16, 2/6.
Conformation classes will teach you how to train and present (handle) your dog in the show ring. stacking, baiting, gaiting, and ring procedure will be stressed. All levels of handling experience are welcome. Dogs must be AKC, UKC, or IABCA registered. Please call instructor Jan Bradfeldt for more information. 541-726-8698. No registration, purchase punch pass to attend. No class 1/17, 2/7, 3/7.
We don't mean to hound you, but there are some ordinances and laws in place that make leashes compulsory. Here's some information.
Willamalane Park and Recreation District
9. Animals. No horses or other pack/riding animals are allowed in any District Park, except in designated areas or in conjunction with District-sponsored or sanctioned activities. All pets must be on a leash except in designated areas. Pet owners are responsible for the immediate removal of animal solid waste.
City of Springfield
5.418 Dogs and Other Animals At Large Prohibited.
(1) No dog keeper shall permit a dog to be at large.
(2) Except for bees and cats, it shall be unlawful for the keeper of farm animals to allow these animals to run at large or be upon the premises of any other person, a public sidewalk or street.
(3) The offenses specified in subsections (1) and (2) of this section are punishable as a violation and may include a fine not exceeding $720.00 pursuant to SMC section 1.205. [Section 5.418 amended by Ordinance No. 6169, enacted May 15, 2006.]
7.110 Dogs at Large Prohibited.
(1) No dog owner shall permit a dog to be at large.
(2) A dog owner, whose dog runs at large, commits a Class C violation if the dog has been spayed/neutered or a Class B violation if the dog is fertile.
(3) A dog owner is deemed to be negligent per se for the actions of a dog at large when the dog causes injury to a person or property. (Revised by Ordinance No. 2-82, Effective 4.9.82; 13-86, 11.7.86; 3-89, 5.12.89; 1-00, 4.12.00; 6-09, 2.5.10)