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Doggie Do's & Don'ts

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Doggie Do's

  • Do leash your dog (requires a physical leash no longer than 6 ft.) Help keep Fido in one place and not chasing after other people's Frisbees, children or picnic baskets. Did you know that this is also an Arizona Law?
  • Do pick up after your dog. Who hates seeing leftovers? Especially ones that do not come in a doggie bag! Remember to be a kind neighbor and pick up after Fido when he leaves behind his mess.
  • Do use the disposable bag dispenser where available. It is there for you in case you forgot to bring your own bag. Just remember to place it in the trash afterwards. Dispensers are only located in some parks and basins. Always carry bags with you just in case!
  • Do have fun! The park is there for your family to enjoy and that includes Fido. Remember to be a courteous neighbor and share the park with others who don't own dogs.
  • Do take Fido on the canal. Gilbert has several basins and canal paths for you to enjoy. This is an excellent area for walks or runs with your dog. Just remember to keep him on a leash & pick up after him even on the canal paths & basins.
  • Do check out our Off-leash Dog Parks. Gilbert currently has two off-leash sites, located at Cosmo Dog Park and Crossroads Park.
  • Do volunteer to help out! The Town of Gilbert welcomes help from any volunteer individuals or groups to keep our parks clean and fun for everyone.

Doggie Don'ts

  • Don’t leave your dog unattended. You don't leave your child unattended when going to the park why would you do the same to Fido?
  • Don't leave behind your mess. That includes water bottles, food, or any other items you brought with you to the park. If you brought it in, carry it back out or dispose of it in the trash or recycling can.
  • Don't let your dog get into fights. This is why we advise you to keep your dog on his leash. The last thing you want is an injured pet.
  • Don't take your dog to the playground area. Kids & dogs - some kids love dogs, some kids are terrified of dogs. Therefore, it is best to keep all dogs away from the playground so there is no chance of a child getting bitten or scared. All Gilbert parks have plenty of open spaces for your dog to frolic so please stay away from the playground.
  • Don't get fined. If a Gilbert Parks Ranger, Police Officer, Maricopa County Animal Control Officer sees you with an unleashed dog or if you don't pick-up after him, you will be fined. Why waste that money? Just remember to keep Fido on his leash and pick up after him. 

What are the laws?

Arizona State Leash Law
Arizona Revised Statutes 11-1012. Item D
D. No person in charge of any dog shall permit such dog in a public park or upon any public school property unless the dog is physically restrained by a leash, enclosed in a car, cage or similar enclosure, or being exhibited or trained at a recognized kennel club event, public school or park sponsored event.

Gilbert Code: Section 6  – Division 2- Dogs

Sec. 6-60. Running at large. 

(a)  Prohibited; exceptions. No dogs shall be permitted at large. Each dog shall be confined within an enclosure on the owner's property, or secured so that the dog is confined entirely to the owner's property, or on a leash not to exceed six feet in length and directly under the owner's control when not on the owner's property. A dog is not at large: 

(1) If the dog is restrained by a leash, chain, rope or cord of not more than six feet in length and of sufficient strength to control the action of the dog. 

(2) If the dog is used for control of livestock or while being used or trained for hunting or being exhibited or trained at a kennel club event or while engaged in races approved by the state racing commission. 

(3) While the dog is actively engaged in dog obedience training, accompanied by and under the control of his owner or persons acting for the owner or trainer; provided, however, that the person training the dog has in his possession a dog leash of not more than six feet in length and of sufficient strength to control the dog.

(4) If the dog is in a designated off-leash area in a dog park.

(b)  Collar and harness with tag required; exceptions. Any dog over the age of three months running at large shall wear a collar or harness to which is attached a valid license tag. Dogs used for control of livestock or while being used or trained for hunting or dogs while being exhibited or trained at a kennel club event or dogs while engaged in races approved by the state racing commission, and such dogs, while being transported to and from such events, need not wear a collar or harness with a valid license attached; provided, however that they are properly vaccinated, licensed and controlled. 

(c) Owner's responsibility; violation. If any dog is unrestrained on the public streets, public parks or public property, then the dog's owner or custodian is in violation of this article unless the dog is in a designated off-leash area in a dog park. 

(Code 1984, § 13-2-7; Ord. No. 1557, § I, 4-27-04; Ord. No. 2415, § I, 1-17-13) 
State law reference— Dogs at large, A.R.S. § 11-1012. 

Sec. 6-61. Liability of owners. 

Injury to any person or damage to any property by a dog while at large shall be the full responsibility of the owner or person responsible for the dog when such damages were inflicted. 

(Code 1984, § 13-2-12) 
State law reference— Similar provisions, A.R.S. § 11-1020. 

Sec. 6-62. Disposal of fecal matter. 

Any person owning, possessing, harboring or having the care, charge, control or custody of any dog shall immediately remove and thereafter dispose of any fecal matter deposited by said dog on public or private property, unless the property owner has given prior approval to use said property for this purpose. For the purpose of this section, dog fecal matter shall be immediately removed by placing said matter in a closed or sealed container and thereafter disposing of it by depositing said matter in a trash receptacle, sanitary disposal unit or other closed or sealed container. This section shall not apply to disabled individuals who, due to their disability, are unable to comply. 

(Ord. No. 1007, § I, 11-19-96)