Though many dog owners are respectful park visitors, disregard for leash/scoop laws is an ongoing concern in many parks and natural areas. To increase compliance with leash and scoop laws, Portland Parks & Recreation uses a variety of education and enforcement strategies, as well as providing off-leash areas for dog-owner recreation.
- Permanent signs posted at entry points in parks and natural areas
- Rules of use posted at each off-leash area
- Use of temporary signs, including stake signs placed directly in areas with high illegal use (such as sports fields)
- Outreach by PP&R staff and Rangers including methods such as in-park presence, attendance at community meetings, partnerships with animal organizations, media releases, social media, and events
- Ranger patrols, particularly in parks with low compliance
- Citations of up to $150 for leash/scoop violations