Heurich Dog Park Rules
Note: The Heurich Dog Park will be closed for drainage improvements for approximately one week beginning June 16, 2011. For more information, please contact 301-699-2255.
In the interest of human and dog safety and maintenance of a positive environment, patrons are expected to obey and help enforce the following rules. Patrons are expected to interact with fellow park users to create a positive atmosphere for all types of dogs. No membership required.
- You must pick up your dog’s feces and dispose properly. Plastic bags and trashcans are provided.
- Park users assume all risks related to use of the dog park.
- Owners/custodians of a dog are responsible for the acts and conduct of their animal at all times.
- Hours of operation are dawn to dusk.
- Patrons are expected to keep the park free of litter. Please dispose of litter in the receptacles provided.
- All park users are prohibited from defacing or destroying park amenities.
- Violators of these rules are subject to removal from the park.
- Gates must be closed immediately after entering or exiting the dog park.
- Dogs must be kept leashed until inside the dog park lobby.
- When a dog enters the dog park, owners/custodians must control their dogs to allow access to the newcomer.
- Do not keep your dog leashed inside dog park unless there is a good reason (e.g. separating 2 dogs, or/and leading your dog out).
- Disclose to others if your dog is unspayed or un-neutered.
- Dogs must be under control and in sight of owner/custodian at all times.
- Leaving dogs unattended is prohibited.
- Dogs that are exhibiting unacceptable behavior—including but not limited to fighting, excessive barking, or other aggressive behavior—are to be immediately removed from the park.
- Owners/custodians are expected to intervene if their dog is involved in behaviors considered unacceptable by other park users.
- Owners/custodians are legally responsible for the actions of their dogs.
- Owners must prevent dogs from digging and must immediately refill holes created by their dog.
- A person may not conduct dog training classes for a fee without a permit from M-NCPPC and as required by state, federal, and local laws.
- No smoking in park.
- Each owner/custodian is limited up to a maximum of 3 dogs if they can be safely handled.
- Puppies under 4 months of age are not allowed in the park at any time.
- Female dogs in heat are not allowed in the park at any time.
- Sick dogs, or injured dogs with fresh wounds, are not allowed in the park at any time.
- Owners/custodians of unaltered dogs (not spayed or neutered) should disclose this to other patrons upon entry as a courtesy for other park users, since some dogs may react negatively to dogs who are not spayed or neutered.
- Dogs must possess current licenses and be up-to-date on all vaccinations, with current tags displayed on the collar as required by their jurisdiction.
- Vicious animals are prohibited from the dog park. (PG Co. Subtitle 3-136)
- No glass containers of any kind are allowed in the park.
- All food—human or animal (including treats, bones and edible toys)—is prohibited in the park at all times.
- Leashes, pinch collars, or choke chains must be removed in the lobby area before dogs enter the dog park.
- The Small Dog Area is provided for small dogs to play without being overwhelmed by larger dogs. Small dogs are not excluded from the main dog park. Use of the Main Dog Area by a small dog is at the discretion of dog owner. However, it is recommended dogs smaller than 10-12 pounds use only the Small Dog Area. Large dogs may use the Small Dog Area only if it is unoccupied by small dog(s), for example, introducing a dog to the park. Small dogs have priority in the Small Dog Area at all times.
- Children under 8 years of age are not allowed in the dog park. Children 8-16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
- Parents or guardians must supervise their children at all times, and unsupervised children shall not be allowed in the dog park.
- Children are not allowed to run with or chase after dogs in the dog park.
In case of emergency, contact the Park Police at 301-459-3232 or non-emergency at 301-459-9088.