Established in 1935, Dane County Park System spans 12,000 acres that connect people to the land, water and cultural resources of the area. Featuring 26 recreation parks, 16 wildlife areas, 14 natural resource areas, six historical sites, two forests and some parts of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail corridor. Dane County Park System is also a state leader in the development of off-leash dog parks.
With a total of seven off-leash dog areas, the County Park laws differ based on where you live in Dane County. Generally, Wisconsin State Law requires rabies vaccinations for all dogs by the age of 5 months. At the same time, County Park dog parks need pets to have a valid permit and be on a static 6-foot leash at all times, except for the designated areas.
A license is also required for all dogs visiting the off-leash areas, which is sold on an annual basis by individual towns, cities as well as village clerks. Pet owners are to keep their dogs away from the children’s playground, athletic fields, beaches, or any park building.
Cleaning up after your pup is mandatory, as well as making sure they respond adequately to your voice command, at all times. Handlers should also carry waste bags with them if they are aware that the park does not feature such disposal equipment.
County Park dog parks offer visitors and pets a chance to exercise, unwind, and socialize appropriately. Bring Fido to one of Dane County’s dog parks to run, play and explore the natural environment, no matter where you reside in the area.
Owners can also take advantage of the various amenities available on-site and choose to go picnicking, biking, or stroll alongside their furry best friends on a warm, sunny afternoon. Dane County dog parks are a great recreational source for pets and owners alike.