Rules and Etiquette


Basic rules of the dog park

You are responsible for your dog’s behavior
Users assume all liability and risk related to use
No aggressive dogs
No dogs in heat
Male dogs over 6 months must be neutered
Dogs may not be left unattended
Dogs must be vaccinated
Clean up after your dog
Small children must be attended at all times

All county ordinances apply - No smoking in SLO County Parks

The intent of the new small dog park was to create a safe space for smaller dogs in the 25 pounds or less range. However, please note that this safe space is also open to dogs that might otherwise be uncomfortable in the bigger section of the park. This includes, but is not limited to:


  • Elderly, less active dogs
  • Puppies receiving their initial socialization
  • Timid dogs that might have fear aggression issues in the normal park section.


We ask your help in enforcing these guidelines. We will revisit the guidelines periodically to make sure we are best serving the needs of our four legged friends and their people.

If you have questions or comments you can send them via email to us here:dogsrunfree@HeilmannDogPark.comRules for the Dog Park:


Dog Park Etiquette:

Enter the first gate and close gate behind you.

Remove dog's leash/prong collars,

Open second gate and enter park, only one gate open at a time.

Monitor your dog's behavior, Interfere when there is inappropriate behavior and redirect your dog to another behavior.

Once you and your dog are in the park, keep an eye on your dog so you can be sure to pick up after him.

As other dogs come in, dogs already in the park have a tendency to crowd the gate as they greet the incoming dog.

It is a good idea to call your dog to you so that the newcomer can enter the park,

Feel free to point out to and individual that their dog needs to be picked up after.

If you and your dog are new to the dog park, we suggest you come at a time when there are fewer dogs. Typically there are fewer dogs on weekday mornings and early afternoons. The park gets heavy usage Mondy through Friday after work hours and on weekends.