The Couch Park Off-Leash Dog Area is an off-leash dog park in Portland, Oregon. One of Portland's designated off-leash areas for exercising dogs it is located in the city's Couch Park. The off-leash area boundaries are marked by large signposts which are clearly visible. Exercising a dog off-leash in any other part of the park is classed as a violation of park rules.
This includes walking from the parking lot to the dog park. Pet owners who have dogs which are not compatible with children should be aware there is a school nearby, and pupils occasionally use the park for recreational purposes. If a dog is nervous around children and the schoolkids enter the park, it's wise to return the dog to its leash even if it is in the off-leash area.
Pet owners planning on using this off-leash dog area in Portland should make sure they are aware of the appropriate time to let their dog off its leash. Off-leash hours are at sporadic hours of the day and vary from season to season. This dog park in Portland is a stretch of grassy ground which is bordered with lots of trees and bushes.
The trees and bushes do act as a partial barrier to stop dogs from running out of the specified area, but owners need to have their dog fully trained to respond to vocal commands as no part of the dog park is fenced. So pups who ignore their owners when they're called because they're doing something more interesting like sniffing scents left by squirrels should be kept on their leashes.
Poop bag dispensers are installed on the boundary signage of the Couch Park Off-Leash Dog Area, but bag supplies are often depleted. The best idea is for pet owners to take a few with them just in case as picking up poop without a bag can be quite unpleasant. Not having a poop bag is not a good enough excuse for leaving poop on the ground.