Bend Oregon Dog Park Etiquette

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Musings of a Mutt . . . Bend Dog Park Etiquette

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by Rocco

300 Days of Sunshine

Looks like the Bend Oregon real estate market is starting to heat up . . . my master is certainly busy, and it seems that downtown is bustling.


Speaking of heating up, this 300 days of sunshine shit in Central Oregon is getting me down a bit. I've been moving pretty slowly. My impervious, wiry black and tan coat, while great for repelling rain and shedding snowflakes, was just too hot during the recent unseasonably warm streak. Now that things have cooled down, I'm again ready to take pen in paw and elucidate.

A while back, I wrote a piece on the great Riverbend Dog Park,


located on a calm section (great dog-paddling) of the Deschutes River on the westside of Bend Oregon, just across from a really neat townhome community called, strangely enough, Deschutes Landing. I tried to use big words then and key phrases like "acute sense of propriety" in the hopes that the search engines would send spiders crawling through my post.

Etiquette at the Park

Anyway, today I'd like to talk about etiquette at the dog park. I can't say that my thoughts are original (or even things that I've figured out for myself) . . . many of them are courtesy of Mare Shey, a famous dog lady in Central Oregon. I attended her obedience classes when I was just a rambunctious pup, however, I'm not sure I got as much out of them as I should have . . . my master and I spent an inordinate amount of our class time in the equivalent of "doggie solitary"-our noses glued to the wall as our classmates, human and canine alike, cavorted about behind us. I was "invited" to "retake" the basic obedience course.

Before I enter the park, I look around with my alert brown eyes . . . I try to ascertain who's there and who's not.


Are they sniffing, playing, or scratching? If I feel at all intimidated or uncomfortable, I stroll up the street and admire another section of the river.

deschutes river

Sometimes, I even trot through residential neighborhoods and look (I hate to admit it!) at houses in Bend.



No Humping

I prefer to mingle with smaller groups of pets, usually of similar ilk. I don't like it when dogs bully each other or guard their toys. My master always says that the dog park is not the place to socialize ones beast. He's always telling me, "no humping, pinning, prolonged body stiffening or body slamming." He does have a way with words!


Here are a few more tips from me (and Mare):

  • Pick up and dispose of (properly) all fecal matter and other waste
  • Leave the toys outside the park
  • Do not bring young kids to the park
  • Don't bring more than 5 dogs to the park
  • See my master's quote above

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Mike Wilbur
Guild Mortgage Company and Oregon Homes For Heroes - Salem, OR

Love the post guys.  I wish more people would think about your tips.  Makes me think that their children proabably act the same way.  Just a thought.

Mar 28, 2010 11:51 AM #1
david quiros

Bend is a great place to own a dog (or 2!).....I wish that everyone would bring their common sense and concern for others along with them when they pursue their dog walk on the river trails and at Pilot Butte. IT'S THE LAW that all dogs must be leashed when outside of our numerous dog parks. When I walk my leashed dogs, we invariably run into several "dog freedom" types that allow their mutts to run free. This usually ends up with me trying to unravel myself from my dog's leash as their unrestrained pooch sniffs and harasses my dogs (and me!)....many times these owners have no voice command over their dogs, but have a leash in hand "just in case". Usually these types of owners don't have any plastic bags to pick up after bowzer, and "don't notice" when their dog drops a pile on the trail. Almost as bad are the pooper scoopers that bag up the doggie doo AND THEN LEAVE IT by the side of the trail! Come on people....pack it out! If having a dog is too much responsibility, either leave it at home or get a cat instead!   

Mar 29, 2010 03:05 AM #2
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