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Intro to Dog Friendly Areas

24 June, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

Did you know there are 21 designated Dog Friendly Areas in Chicago? For city dwellers with tight quarters and square-foot green patches, these areas are gifts from the 'Big Dogs' where pups can run, play, and explore off-leash.

Click here for a full list of DFA -- search by neighborhood or zip code to find the closest one. 

Now that we have your tail wagging in anticipation, there are some rules and regulations to keep in mind: 

  • Dogs must be leashed prior to and upon leaving the DFA. 
  • Owners must immediately clean up after their dogs.
  • No Food (human or dog food) is allowed inside the DFA.

Most of these rules are no-brainers, and there is plenty of expert advice online surrounding appropriate and safe dog park etiquette. But what all owners might not realize is that a permit and tag are required for every dog entering (and enjoying!) Dog Friendly Areas. 

Participating veterinarians throughout the City issue the permit and tag for a $5 fee which lasts from January 1st of any year through December 31st of the same year. You must have a current dog license issued by the City of Chicago, or proof that the dog has a current rabies vaccination. There is also an application for owners to complete showing proof that a licensed veterinarian (or other authorized person) has performed a fecal test for parasites and vaccinated any dog entering a DFA for the following diseases:

  1. Distemper
  2. Hepatitis
  3. Para influenza; and
  4. Parvovirus
  5. Bordetella
  6. Leptospirosis

Now that we have all the technicalities out of the way, go get vaccinated, get licensed, and enjoy the Chicago summer the best way we know how: on the beach with our furry companions! And if you are driving to a DFA, remember to buckle in your dog no matter how long (or short) the ride may be.