Rules, Etiquette & Behavior Guidelines

HELP KEEP BARX PARX A SAFE, FUN & ENJOYABLE PLACE FOR ALL!

Just like the outdoor parks you visit, our indoor dog park has a few rules and etiquette guidelines. Rules are subject to change at any time. Any behavior deemed aggressive is grounds for dismissal for the day.

BARX PARX FACILITY RULES:

  1. You must be 21 years of age or older.
  2. Your dog must be well socialized and do well with other pups and people.
  3. All dogs must have current vaccinations (Rabies, Bordetella and DHPP). Dogs should be healthy and free from contagious illness, disease, parasites, fleas and ticks.
  4. Dogs must pass a behavior assessment. Behavior assessments are performed by trained staff members and are by appointment only.
  5. Dogs under 4 months of age are not permitted.
  6. Dogs over 6 months of age must be spayed or neutered.
  7. All dogs must be leashed upon entering the building and remain on leash in all areas of the facility - except in the designated off-leash areas. Remove your dog’s leash in the gated corrals before he joins the other dogs to play.
  8. Retractable leashes, prong collars, choker collars, shock collars and non-quick release collars (without a seat-belt type buckle) are not permitted. We do have plenty of available leashes and collars that you are more than welcome to borrow while on site if need be.
  9. You must keep an eye on your pup and be in control of them at all times. Remain in sight of your dog at all times and don't turn your back on them. Your dog is your responsibility and keeping an eye on them will help keep them playing safe. Please consider wearing closed toe shoes and refrain from excessive cell phone usage.
  10. Maximum of 2 dogs per handler.
  11. Each guest will be required to sign a waiver upon entry.
  12. You must clean up your dog's #2 messes. Pee, poop and spit ups are no big deal. We just ask that you help clean up after them so that all pups and pet owners can fully enjoy their Barx Parx experience in a clean, odor-free environment. If you bag it, we will come behind you and mop it up right away.
  13. Any excessive hyperness, pestering, bullying, cornering, excessive snarling, fighting, biting, bleeding or excessive barking, (even when playing) means it's time to go for the day. Sometimes dogs won't stop themselves, so we need your help to keep them safe. While every dog communicates differently, there are some very easy things to watch for to make sure safe play is maintained. Check out this helpful guide!
  14. No other animals are permitted in the facility.
  15. Doors and gates must always close and latch behind you.
  16. Dogs showing any signs of aggression must be leashed and immediately removed from the park. It's always better to be safe than sorry! We understand that everyone has a bad day sometimes. If you know your pup is already anxious, stressed out or on edge that day, it's best to stay home and visit Barx Parx on a later date.
  17. We are a completely enclosed, indoor facility that is designed for a relaxed, safe level of play. Excessive and/or focus barking is not allowed in our confined environment. Even when playing, the "talking" can frenzy other dogs and stress out the entire space. As soon as one dog starts barking, many others follow, and the mood changes very quickly! We understand that some dogs play in this manner, but for an indoor space, it can create anxiety for the other pups. You must be able to quiet your dogs down and demonstrate that you can redirect their attention in a positive way.
  18. Please mind suggestions made by staff. We are trained to read canine body language and may observe subtle things that often go missed in play. If a staff member asked you to take your pup on a short break (or go home for the day), please understand that we always have their best interest in mind.
  19. Barx Parx offers beer, cider, wine, coffee, tea, energy drinks, soda, sports drinks and water to quench your thirst. Non-chocolate snacks will also be available including chips, cookies, jerky and candy. Beverages can go anywhere, but all snacks, food and dog treats must stay in the on-leash, bar area only. You're also more than welcome to bring your own food, but consume at your own risk!

ETIQUETTE & BEHAVIOR GUIDELINES:

APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR
Play is balanced. Lots of “back and forth” and give and take (they switch roles frequently). Both dogs are having fun. Aggressive playing, grabbing or pulling, excessive barking, growling with teeth showing, biting, harassing or bullying.
Dogs have loose, relaxed bodies and ears. Their movements are silly and inefficient-looking. Tails are wagging. Body slamming, pinning and mounting other dogs.
Chase, wrestling and tugging games exhibit a sense of sharing and are evenly matched. Ganging up or excessive dominance of any kind. If one dog is being chased into hiding or is becoming defensive, interrupt the play.
Friendly play gestures. Playful "bows" with their front end down to the ground. Stopping when things get too rough. Snapping or biting. Snarling with lips curled. These often happen when scared, aggravated, exhausted or guarding a toy.

 

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR DOG IS EXHIBITING ANY SIGNS OF INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR
1. Call your dog and remove them away from play. Clap or make a loud noise if need be to get their attention.
2. Allow your dog to fully calm down to a level zero before you release them back to play.
3. If your dog goes back to inappropriate behavior, take a leashed timeout in the bar area until your dog has completely calmed down. Timeout rooms are also available on a first come, first served basis. Please ask the staff for assistance to use a timeout room.
4. After re-entry, if your dog goes back to acting inappropriately, then it’s time to go home for the day.

Stress signs in dogs. Do you know how to recognize them? Click here to see a helpful guide!

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