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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Why does my well-behaved dog need to be on a leash?

Portland’s parks, natural areas and trails are extensively used for all types of recreation, and off-leash dogs and dog waste have significant impacts on the health, safety, and enjoyability of park lands.

Obeying leash laws:

  • Ensures the dog handler has control in every situation - there are many distractions in a park, from squirrels to runners to bicyclists to kids
  • Keeps dogs safe from hazards that may injure or even kill them
  • Protects the park environment and wildlife 
  • Respects other park visitors (and their leashed dogs) who may not want to meet your dog
  • Keeps dogs close to their handlers, which makes it easier to spot and pick up poop