With acres to run and play, the off-leash dog parks at James Island County Park, North Charleston Wannamaker County Park and Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park are great spots for your pups to exercise and socialize. Each dog park features large and small dog sections, and the dog park at James Island County Park has a large lake in which your dog can swim and play.
Dog Park Rules
- The success of the dog parks largely depends on the self-monitoring and cooperation of dog owners. Please help keep your park healthy and hospitable by encouraging others through your good example.
- You are completely responsible for all injuries and damage caused by your dog.
- Dogs that are sick, aggressive, in-heat, without current vaccination displayed or too young for rabies vaccinations are not allowed.
- Pick up the poop! If your dog poops, you must immediately remove the excrement.
- Leash your dog until it is safely inside, and return it to leash upon exiting.
- Always keep an eye on your dog, and keep voice control to prevent any trouble.
- Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
- Leash your dog whenever you sense problems.
- Do not let dogs dig holes. If they do, fill them in immediately.
- Keep food out of the enclosures. Dogs may become overly protective or aggressive in the presence of food.
- Access to the dog park may be restricted during special events. If so, notice will be posted.
- Immediately report any bite or attack to the park office.
Practice Good "Petiquette"
Dog Park Do's
- Leash and unleash your dog in the double gated entry/exit area. Leashed dogs may experience anxiety, fear or defensive posturing when approached by unleashed dogs.
- Monitor your dog for inappropriate behavior. Handle any conflicts with kindness and good manners.
- Remember that this is a dog “playground.” Please watch your children closely; dogs and children both frighten and excite easily – and react differently – which can create a dangerous atmosphere.
- Be prepared for behavior you may not like that is natural and not necessarily aggressive. Examples include growling, barking, charging, humping, posturing, play biting, curling of lips and wrestling.
- Keep your leash in-hand at all times so that you’re prepared to enforce a “time out” and remove your pet from the park if he misbehaves.
Dog Park Don'ts
- Don't pick up or carry your dog or child, as this sometimes causes excitement in other dogs who may jump up and nip at them.
- Don't bring your dog’s favorite toy if he doesn’t like to share.
- Don't bring puppies or dogs to the dog park before they have had ALL their vaccinations.
- Don’t bring newly adopted dogs to the dog park before you get to know them, their personality and their demeanor toward other dogs and people.
Not all dogs like to socialize. If your dog is timid or aggressive, leave him at home for his safety and enjoyment. Also, puppies and dogs who haven't been socialized with other dogs don’t always understand canine body language and other warning signs and can unknowingly provoke undesirable and/or aggressive behavior in other dogs.