Dog Park

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Dog Romping

Looking to give your dog some socialization and room to run off-leash? The Dave Johnson Memorial Dog Park is conveniently located near the Tillsonburg Community Centre and is open to dogs of all sizes.

The park is open 7 days a week. 

This park is intended for leash-free dog exercise.  It is not recommended that leashed dogs be walked in this park.  Please remove your dog's leash in the double-gated area before entering the park.

Location

The Dave Johnson Memorial Dog Park is located in Memorial Park.  It is just east of the Tillsonburg Community Centre at 45 Hardy Avenue.  There is a large parking lot adjacent to the park.


Facility Rules

  • Use the area at your own risk
  • Dog(s) must be on leash at all times except when in the designated off-leash area
  • Leash your dog while entering and exiting the enclosure
  • Keep your dog(s) in sight and under control at all times
  • Each owner/ custodian shall not supervise more than three (3) while in the park
  • At no time may the owner/ custodian exit the fenced area without his/ her dog(s)
  • You must clean up after your dog.  Stoop and scoop is mandatory.
  • All dog waste must be cleaned up and disposed of properly
  • Fill any holes that your dog may dig
  • No smoking within the fenced area or within 20 metres outside of the fence
  • Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times
  • Excessive barking is prohibited.  Dogs barking excessively must be removed.
  • Dogs displaying aggressive behaviour must be removed immediately
  • Dog owners are subject to Ontario's Dog Owners' Liability Act

Prohibited from the Dog Park Area

  • Dogs not wearing valid rabies and municipal license tags
  • Dogs with any sickness
  • Dogs designated as dangerous/ restricted or required to wear a muzzle
  • Female dogs in heat
  • Puppies under 4 months in age
  • All animals other than dogs
  • Glass containers
  • Food
  • Toys
  • Prong collars, spike collars and choke collars

Learn about coloured-coded collars and leashes

Please be advised that some dog owners in Tillsonburg may use a coloured-coded collar or leash to alert others of their dog's temperament. 

  • Red = Caution ("I want some space")
  • Green = Friendly ("I like meeting new friends")
  • Bright Yellow = Adopt Me ("I'm looking for a new home")
  • Blue = Training ("I'm learning new things or working")
  • Orange = No dogs ("I like people, just not other dogs")
  • White = Deaf/Blind ("I can't see/hear you")
  • Light Yellow = Nervous ("Give me some space, I'm nervous")
  • Purple = Do Not Feed ("Please do not feed me")

A light yellow leash is common, signifying that the dogs who sport them need extra space when on a walk or around strangers. It is important to know that these dogs are not necessarily aggressive, but may be uncomfortable or nervous around strangers, not fully trained or may be experiencing pain from a recent surgery.

The red ribbon is also common and signifies that the dog may be aggressive if approached by a person or another animal.

It is important to remember that regardless of what colour the dog may be wearing, it is important to always ask the dog’s owner if you can touch their pet. 

 

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