The Morgan Hill Dog Owner's Group
Welcome to the home of the Morgan Hill Dog Owner's Group (MHDOG)!
      The Dog Parks are located just off West Edmundsen (just off Monterey Road) behind the Morgan Hill Community Center. It is a year-round, grass covered facility with trees and benches with separate areas for small and large dogs. Excuse us for 'puffing out our chests', but it's one of the nicest off-leash dog parks in the bay area! But hey, don't believe us - come and take a look for yourself! With our additional benches there is much more seating under the shade structures for the 'dog days' of summer!

      Here's the May, 2015 edition of 'Dog Tales' - 2015_May_Newsletter.pdf
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Morgan Hill Dog Park  Etiquette   -
 

Aggressive dogs are not allowed. The handler of any dog exhibiting aggressive or unruly behavior is required to immediately remove the offending animal. The owner/guardian of an unruly dog is fully responsible for the actions of the dog.
 
The following tips/recommendations have been assembled in order to help you and your dog get the most enjoyment during your visits to the Morgan Hill Dog Park.

 

APPROACHING THE DOG PARK

  • Keep dogs on leash until they are inside the double gate. There may be other dogs entering or exiting the park.
     
  • Make sure the first gate is closed before entering the second gate. If the outer gate is open, there is always a chance that a dog can run out of the park.
  • Unleash your dog in the double gate area before entering the park. A dog often feels vulnerable being on leash while other dogs around it are off leash. The leashed dog knows that it cannot maneuver freely and cannot get away if it wants to. This sense of vulnerability may lead to aggression.
  • Users already inside the park should call their dogs away from the gate until the new arrivals have entered. It's difficult for a new arrival to enter the park if a wall of dogs is blocking the gate. Dogs are territorial creatures, and the boundaries of a territory are flashpoints for aggression. Once the dog is inside the territory, the chances for conflict are much less. If people are not calling their dogs to them when you are about to enter, you may ask them to call their dog, or stand there until their dog walks away. 
     
  • Remove metal collars. This includes prong or "pinch" collars, choke chains, and spike collars. There is the risk of other dogs breaking their teeth on the collar, especially if engaging in mouthy play.
     
     

INSIDE THE DOG PARK

  • Know your dog's play style. Some dogs like a very rough-and-tumble style of play, with lots of growling, grabbing, tackling, and wrestling. Some dogs have a daintier style, with bowing and chasing but not much physical contact. Some dogs like to herd other dogs, and may bark or nip at the other dogs. The important thing is to know what is normal for your dog, and what the warning signs are that your dog may be getting over-stimulated and may be in danger of crossing the line into aggression. It's also important to be sensitive to the other dogs with whom your dog is playing. You should always watch your dog closely and be prepared to intervene if the interaction seems to be getting out of hand or becoming too uncomfortable for a particular dog. If your dog seems to be "pestering" another dog who seems to be growing stressed or annoyed, intervene and direct your dog's attention elsewhere.|
     
     
  • Understand canine communication. Dogs that enjoy rough play may growl and snap as part of that play. Dogs may also snarl and/or snap to "set their limits" with other dogs-for example, to let another dog know that it is being too rough or too pushy.
    • Dogs are programmed to be part of a pack, with some dogs being higher in the pack hierarchy (dominant) and others being lower in the hierarchy (submissive). Dogs have various ways by which they communicate their dominance to other dogs. This may include a stiff-legged posture with the head held up and back; raising the hackles on the back; raising the tail; or laying the head across another dog's shoulders or back. If you see two dogs exchanging dominant gestures with each other, watch carefully and be ready in case a fight is brewing.
    • Mounting ("humping") is often a way by which one dog expresses dominance over another. Do not allow your dog to mount another dog, as this behavior is very likely to lead to a fight. Even if your dog means no harm, the other dog is very likely to take offense. Sometimes this can be done in play, watch carefully to see how each dog is feeling.
    • You may find that your dog gets along better with certain dogs, or with certain types of dogs, than with others, and you may want to avoid entering the park when there are dogs with whom your dog has a problem. 
    • A dog that repeatedly displays aggressive behavior with a variety of dogs is not a good dog park candidate and should stop coming to the park. 
       
       
    • It is recommended that dogs be spayed or neutered before coming to the dog park. Be aware that unneutered males in particular are much more likely to get into fights with other male dogs. ** Females in heat may not enter the park. 
  • Dress for the mess- Do not overdress. No, it's not polite for dogs to jump on people, but it may happen. At the dog park you should expect dirt, mud, slobber, wet dogs, and yucky toys in your lap. Please know that grime is part of the scene

CHILDREN AT THE DOG PARK


    A dog park is not necessarily a safe place for young children. If you choose to bring a child into the dog park, it is vitally important that you supervise your child closely. You must take full responsibility for your child's safety while in the park. 

  • Do not allow children to behave wildly in the park. Do not permit them to run, scream, chase the dogs, grab the dogs, tease the dogs, or play with their toys. Some dogs are not used to small children; these dogs may feel scared or threatened if a child runs toward them or grabs at them. Dogs often run fast and play vigorously with each other while in the park, and they may inadvertently knock down and hurt a child who is standing out in the open. Children should never approach or touch any dog without first asking the owner's permission. 
  • The safest place for a child is sitting quietly on the bench or by a parent's side and holding the parent's hand. 
  • Remember that your main responsibility while in the park is to monitor your dog and to be prepared to intervene if there is any sign of trouble. Before bringing children to the park, consider whether you can effectively supervise both the dog and the children at the same time.

DOG PARK ETIQUETTE
(mutley manners)

  • Clean up after your dog. Plastic bags/scoopers are provided.
     
  • Call your dog away from the gate while other dogs are entering or leaving
     
  • Pay close attention to your dog and keep it out of trouble
     
  • Always be aware of your dog’s location and the body language of the dogs your dog is interacting with 
     
  • Acceptable or unacceptable dog behavior depends on the age and temperament of your dog. Dogs will bark, snarl, and even snap at each other as part of their normal socialization. Interfere and stop the interaction if it appears to be escalating into a fight. 
     
  • Immediately stop aggressive behavior towards humans
     
  • Do not bring your dog to the dog park if it is sick, has parasites, or has fleas. Do not bring animals that are not dogs
     
  • Be responsible for your dogs behavior
     
  • Do not discipline someone else's dog
     
  • If you see a dog on leash or with its owner off to the side, please respect their privacy and don’t approach until the owner says OK
     
  • Do not bring in people food to eat
     
  • Do not hand out dog treats to other people's dogs
     
  • Follow the posted rules
     

Park Rules

Dogs must be fully vaccinated before entering park.

  • Dog feces must be cleaned up by owner. 
  • Dog owners must be in park within view of their dogs.
     
  • Dogs must be removed from the dog park at first sign of aggression.
     
  • Dog owners must have a leash in hand at all times. 
      
  • Keep small children and infants under strict supervision. 
  • Leash dogs while entering and exiting the dog park. (in the parking lot)
     
  • Female dogs in heat are prohibited from entering the dog park, as well as un-neutered dogs.
     
  • Fill any hole your dog digs.
     
  • Aggressive dogs are not permitted on the premises. 
  • Dogs should be under voice control (come when called). 
  • All pets, other than dogs, are prohibited within the dog park.

    Dogs in the large Dog Area!


         
     
       
    Directions - From Hy 101 (NB or SB) take the Tennant Avenue exit, head west on Tennant. When you come to Monterey Road (old Hy 101) continue west, Tennant turns into West Edmundson. Immediately on your right behind a new Auto Parts store you'll see the Morgan Hill Community Center. Make an immediate right, you'll see the chain-link fences of the dog park on your left and the Community Center on your right. Parking is the small lot by the basketball court.


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    Thanks for taking a look, hope to see you at the park!


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