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For owners of well-mannered canines who enjoy a good run or a friendly romp, Suffolk County Parks offers five dedicated parklands for dogs. Off-leash dog parks provide an opportunity for "four-legged" family members to exercise and socialize free of restraints. Mud Creek County Park offers a Natural Borders Dog Park. The designation signifies that the dog parks that are not completely surrounded by chain link fence, but rather defined by natural boundaries such as water or large expanses of land. Natural Borders dog parks may also not have the same amenities. Accordingly, off-lease dog park users are expected to provide their own water and to take their trash and waste (including dog waste) off-site for disposal.

Dogs are allowed on a leash at most Suffolk County parks, EXCEPT where there are signs posted stating otherwise.

Dog Parks are available at the following Suffolk County Parks:

Blydenburgh County Park Smithtown
Cherry Avenue Dog Park West Sayville
Gardiner County Park West Bayshore
West Hills County Park Huntington
Robinson Duck Farm County Park Brookhaven

Natural Borders Parks:

Mud Creek County Park East Patchogue

No matter the activity or adventure, it's important that dog owners are responsbile for their dog's behavior and manage their dog properly. Here are some Dog Do's and Dog Don'ts to Follow:

DO make sure your dog is up to date on his vaccinations and parasite control. DON’T use visits to the dog park to socialize an aggressive dog. Canines that are aggressive with people or other dogs should never be taken to the dog park. Period.
DO keep your dog on leash until he is in the designated enclosed off-leash area. DON’T take your dog’s valuables to the park. A dog that feels like his belongings are threatened, can be aggressive.
DO teach your dog to enter the dog park in a calm, orderly manner. DON’T bring your puppy to the park before checking with your vet.
DO keep unaltered dogs away from the park. DON’T get distracted. Talking on your phone, texting, emailing and Facebooking are all do park don’ts. Your dog needs to be actively supervised at all times.
DO pick up your dog’s poop. Cleaning up your dog’s mess is good manners – and more important, it helps to protect against the spread of parasites. And of course it goes without saying, but never, ever leave your dog unattended in the park, even for a moment.

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