Park “Pointers”

The use of any dog park is a “privilege” not a right. The use of the San Dimas Dog Park, where SPAY/NEUTER IS REQUIRED, is also a “reward” for responsible pet ownership.

Posted speed limit for Horsethief Canyon Park is 15 MPH. Be especially aware of

children, pets and riders on horseback.

Dog park hours are from dawn to dusk. Generally speaking, this means it’s time to leave when there is not enough daylight for you to be able to “pick up the poop”.

The dog park is closed for maintenance on Wednesdays from 12:00-2:00 PM.

SMOKING IS NOT PERMITTED in any City facility or park, INCLUDING THE DOG PARK. In addition to the obvious health-related disadvantages of second-hand smoke and the possibility of dogs consuming carelessly discarded cigarette butts, Horsethief Canyon Park is a volatile, high-risk fire area that requires “NO SMOKING” protection for it and the neighboring communities.

Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the park at any time.

People food and/or dog treats are not permitted inside the dog park. This distraction and possible “food fights” can interfere with a positive dog park experience.

As stated in the posted Rules, the City Parks and Recreation Department may

close the dog park, without notice, for whatever reason they deem necessary (maintenance, weather, etc.). Although a specific sign may not be posted, if a lock is on a gate, the park is CLOSED and entry is prohibited. Violators will be subject to ejection

and possible citing by the Sheriff’s Department.


Dog owners or attendants are legally required to pick up and dispose of their dog’s feces in the leash-free area, as well as to and from the dog park, soccer fields and other park areas. Failure to do so may result in the loss of dog park privileges.


Scoopers, disposable bags and waste cans are provided. If a person has missed their pet’s “poop”, politely remind them to pick it up. It takes everyone’s best effort to help keep the park clean.

Your dog MUST be leashed at all times outside the off-leash area, as required by San Dimas Municipal Code 13.16.090. This includes to and from the dog park and parking lot, soccer fields, trails and other park space. Remember, we share this area with other activities, many of which are not dog related. This is not just respectful to other users but much safer for your dog.

Dogs must never be left unattended inside the dog park.

Do not let your dog block the entrance gates. This presents a potentially volatile situation when the incoming dog(s) feel threatened. Dogs do not like face-to-face confrontation and a crowd at the gate when new arrivals are entering is very threatening for the dog, as well as for the owner. Give them space to enter the park quietly and safely.

Remove your dog’s leash/halter in the unleashing area BEFORE entering the dog park. CHOKE CHAINS, SPIKED or PRONG COLLARS are NOT permitted inside the leash-free area. Other dogs can get their teeth caught when playing, causing them to panic. This could cause injury to that dog, as well as the dog wearing the collar. A prong or pinch collar may also get caught on a fence or could be painful if pushed into the dog’s neck during play, potentially causing a fight because of a perceived “signal of threat”. Spiked collars can puncture and tear the skin of other dogs. Removal prevents your dog from harming another dog.

Shock collars (known as “e-collars”) should NOT be used on pets inside the dog park.

Dogs must wear a flat buckle collar with current tags visible and must be current with all shots. While City regulations require only Rabies immunization to be licensed, it is strongly recommended that dogs visiting dog parks be vaccinated for Bordatella, 5-1 and Corona. Dogs must be free of contagious diseases. Sick dogs are not allowed on park premises at any time.

As stated in the posted Rules, SPAYING/NEUTERING OF DOGS IS REQUIRED for dog park usage, including puppies. Mounting is NOT acceptable or appreciated and will not be tolerated. This is a form of dominance, and owners are expected to monitor and correct this behavior.

Even if spayed or neutered, puppies under 4 months are not permitted inside the dog park. Puppies are at risk of infection even when vaccinated because their immune systems are often not fully matured.

Aggressive, provoking or repeatedly annoying dogs must be immediately removed from the dog park. Off-leash does NOT mean “out of control”.

Keep an eye on your dog at all times. Don’t come to the dog park to read, talk on the phone or otherwise ignore your pet. It’s best to keep moving. This keeps the off-leash area neutral territory. Sitting on a bench or at a table for extended periods of time may give your dog the idea that it must “defend” you from other people and dogs that come near.

First-time dog park users should consider visiting the park at non-peak times. Early morning and mid-afternoon, Monday through Friday. are considered “off-peak” times. Peak times are late afternoon until dusk. Weekends are usually busy all day. The first visit can sometimes be a little stressful for beginners (owners and dogs), so consider starting with a short visit and then gradually increase the stay as you and your pet become more comfortable. Given time, you may be pleasantly surprised to find that you have a healthier, friendlier and more playful dog.

If your dog isn’t getting along with another, go to a different area of the dog park. Although dogs need to be around other dogs to learn how to socialize with them, many family pets have not learned social rules and may have some trouble adjusting. Dog parks are not for ALL dogs. Learn to “read” your dog to determine if it is comfortable with this experience.

Educate yourself on dog behavior. Learn to recognize your dog’s body language. If its tail and ears are up and tense and the dog gives the appearance of standing on its toes, the dog is in a dominant, aggressive stance and needs to be immediately removed from the situation.

Be aware that dogs have different interaction styles. What may seem like playing to some may be viewed as fighting to others. Don’t assume that others can interpret your dog’s behavior. Rude dogs are often not seen as “rude” by their owners. The other dog often gets blamed for merely reacting to a dog’s bad manners. Many times dogs can “sort it out” themselves, but be aware of what constitutes unacceptable behavior. If your dog is making other dogs (or their owners) uncomfortable, go to another area of the park or leave the park and return another time.

If you feel the “play” is getting too rough, speak up (for your dog) and let other owners know you are not comfortable with the way your dog is being treated.

The small dog area is for small, timid, senior or pets with “special needs”. It is hoped that dog owners will be sensitive to concerns of ALL dogs and honor the fact that separate space is an important characteristic of a good dog park. Size requirements (as indicated on the gates) are necessary to prevent injury and for “equal opportunity” canine socializing.