The Bluffton Dog Park opened several years ago and currently is the only public-access dog park in the Bluffton area. It is important that people availing themselves of the park be reminded of the general rules. The ones that follow may not be exact, but they are close enough. 

The hours are dawn to dusk. Obviously, the time of year will determine the time on the clock.

When you enter the park, close all gates and move away from the entrance immediately upon entering or exiting.

Dogs are off leash in enclosed double-gated safety area; one dog at a time in this area.

All dogs in park must be unleashed, supervised, in view of their handler, and under voice control. Move around the park to diffuse defensive behavior.

Handlers must have in their possession a dog leash. 

No unattended dogs are allowed.

No spiked, choke or prong collars are permitted within the unleashed area.

No dog known to be aggressive or who acts aggressively in the park is permitted. Handlers must remove those dogs immediately or will be asked to do so.

Dogs under 4 months of age and female dogs in heat are prohibited.

All dogs must have required licenses and vaccinations. ID and proof of rabies must be visible on tags.

No incessant barking.

Handlers must “scoop the poop” and fill any holes dug by dogs under their control. Dog waste bags and containers are provided, so please use them.

Children under 12 not permitted without an adult.

No food, treats, water bowls, favorite toys, smoking or glass containers are permitted in the park. Please take balls and flying discs with you when you leave.

No cell phone use, music or earphones allowed, in order to maintain supervision of dogs.

Be considerate of your neighbors when using this park. Help to maintain its safety and cleanliness and all your dogs will enjoy it!

It is very important to know that 

Beaufort County and the Town of Bluffton are NOT responsible for any injuries or damage caused by any dog or person while in the park. Handlers are responsible for any injuries caused by dogs under their control. Users of the park do so at their own risk.

The most important thing is that you keep an eye on your dogs to avert potential accidents. I know owners like to socialize there, but we also want the park to be a safe place for your dogs to socialize!

Abby Bird is owner of Alphadog Training Academy.