Leash & Scoop Law Compliance
Leash Pets and Scoop Poop to Keep Parks Healthy!
Portland’s parks, natural areas and trails are extensively used for all types of recreation, and dog owners help keep parks safe and healthy for all visitors by obeying leash and scoop laws and rules.
Leash laws ensure dogs are controlled by their owners at all times, which keeps people and other dogs safe, and protects park land and wildlife. Removal of dog waste prevents spread of disease that waste can carry, and avoids impacts to recreational use, water quality, wildlife, and vegetation.
Leash/Scoop Compliance Program
Portland Parks & Recreation encourages compliance with leash and scoop laws through education, enforcement, and by providing off-leash areas (OLAs) for legal dog-owner recreation. Our efforts include:
Education campaigns, such as Pet Health for Parks, Dogs for the Environment, and Pettiquette for Parks
In-park outreach visits
Developing park signs, presentations, and flyers to increase awareness and understanding of leash/scoop laws
Park Ranger patrols, which use park warnings and citations to increase leash/scoop law compliance
Intensive outreach and enforcement efforts at parks where low compliance impacts park health, safety, or enjoyability
Special events like Flicks with Fido, and participating community and partner events like Doggie Dash and Aarf in the Park