Off-Leash Dog Area Guidelines
At any off-leash dog area, for everyone’s safety and enjoyment, dog handlers must:
- Have a valid off-leash dog area permit for each dog and have their permits in their possession when in the off-leash areas. Permits are not transferable or refundable.
- Keep dogs current on distemper, parvovirus and rabies vaccinations. Dogs must wear valid rabies tags at all times.
- Not use animals — alive or dead — for any purpose.
- Not use ammunition of any kind.
- Not use devices that use an explosive force to propel a retrievable object.
- Keep their dogs leashed when they are not within the boundaries of an off-leash dog area, especially when they are in a parking lot walking to and from their vehicles.
- Carry leashes with them and leash and remove their dogs from the off-leash area at the first sign of aggression. Handlers are responsible for any injuries or damages that their dogs inflict on other people or other dogs.
- Keep dogs in view and under control at all times.
- Not bring unhealthy dogs or dogs that are in heat.
- Bring no more than three dogs at one time.
- Keep the off-leash dog area clean by properly disposing of dog waste; failure to do so could result in $120 in fines and court costs.
- Keep a watchful eye on children at all times to avoid injuries from unleashed dogs.
- Not enter the training pond at East Branch; it is for dogs only.
There are two exceptions to these rules at two preserves. At Pratt’s Wayne Woods and East Branch forest preserve off-leash areas, dog handlers may, for dog-training purposes only:
- Use blank ammunition.
- Use, with caution, devices that use an explosive force to propel a retrievable object.
Owners are responsible for their dogs’ behavior. All Forest Preserve District ordinances, state statutes and administrative orders apply to the use of the off-leash dog areas. If Law Enforcement assistance is needed, call (630) 933-7240 or dial 911 for emergencies.