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Need a Permit or Need to Renew?
Permit Renewal for 2014
Your current year’s permit will expire on December 31. We will begin permit renewals and sales of new 2014 permits in November at the dog park. If you have not yet renewed your permit for 2014, your swipe card will not open the gate. Make your resolution today to renew your permit so you and your dogs can have another fun year at the dog park. Renewal is easy.
If you are applying for a first-time permit, download the four-page permit. Be sure to fill out and sign both pages and include your car’s state license tag number. Please bring proof of spay/neuter and vaccination along with with the 4-page form.
Please remember that your permit to NOLA City Bark is for your registered dogs only. Bringing unregistered dogs into the dog park could result in the deactivation of your permit.
Dog Park Rules and Regulations
Dogs must be spayed or neutered
Dogs must be healthy, vaccinated, and collared with current rabies & ID tags. Choke or prong collars are not allowed in the off-leash area. Bordetella shots are strongly recommended.
Puppies under 6 months are prohibited.
Limit of three dogs from a household per visit.
Children under 8 years are prohibited from entering fenced dog park area.
Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult and should not run, chase dogs, or pet other people’s dogs unless permission is granted by the owner. Children are not allowed to bring toys into the Park.
When entering the dog park, remove your dog’s leash only in the “howdy gate” area. Dogs must be on leash and under control by their owners/handlers at all times when outside of fenced park area.
Dog park gates must be closed immediately after entering or exiting the park.
Only small (under 25 lbs.) or special needs dogs are allowed to use the small dog area.
Owners/handlers must discourage their dogs from running to meet other dogs at the gate.
Dogs showing aggression toward people or other animals must be leashed and immediately removed from the park by owners/handlers.
Owners/handlers must remain inside of fenced area, with leash in hand, and within view and voice control of their dogs at all times.
Owners/handlers must immediately clean up after their dog(s) and properly dispose of waste. Plastic bags and garbage cans are available on the premises.
Owners/handlers must stop their dogs from digging and immediately fill any holes dug.
No dog treats, rawhides chews or human food within fenced area. No glass containers are allowed.
No toys except balls or Frisbees.
No bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, strollers or scooters allowed in the park. No jogging allowed in park.
No smoking, alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs or firearms allowed in park.
Hours of Operation
5:30 AM – 9 PM
– 9 PM
Wednesday to Sunday -
5:30 AM – 9 PM
NOLA City Bark Safety Tips and Words of Wisdom
Approaching the NOLA City Bark Dog Park
Keep dogs on leash until they are inside the gate.
Make sure the first gate is closed BEFORE entering the second
gate. If the outer gate is open, there is always a chance that
a dog can run out of the park and into the street.
Users already inside the park should call their dogs away
from the gate until the new arrivals have entered. It's difficult
for a new arrival to enter the park if a wall of dogs is blocking the
gate. Dogs are territorial creatures, and the boundaries of a territory
are flashpoints for aggression. Once the dog is inside the territory,
the chances for conflict are much less.
Unleash your dog as quickly as possible after entering the
park. A dog often feels vulnerable being on leash while other
dogs around it are off leash. The leashed dog knows that it cannot maneuver
freely and cannot get away if it wants to. This sense of vulnerability
may lead to aggression. Many users choose to unleash their dog in the
"vestibule" area—after entering and closing the outer
gate, but before opening the inner gate.
Remove metal collars. This includes prong
or "pinch" collars, choke chains, and spike collars.
Chain collars can become caught on the fence. There is also the risk
of other dogs breaking their teeth on the collar, especially if engaging
in mouthy play.
Inside the NOLA City Bark Dog Park
Know your dog's play style. Some dogs like a very
rough—and—tumble style of play, with lots of growling, grabbing,
tackling, and wrestling. Some dogs have a daintier style, with bowing
and chasing but not much physical contact. Some dogs like to herd other
dogs, and may bark or nip at the other dogs. The important thing is
to know what is normal for your dog, and what the warning signs are
that your dog may be getting over-stimulated and may be in danger of
crossing the line into aggression.
It's also important to be sensitive to the other dogs with whom your
dog is playing. You should always watch your dog closely and be prepared
to intervene if the interaction seems to be getting out of hand or becoming
too uncomfortable for a particular dog.
If your dog seems to be "pestering" another dog who seems
to be growing stressed or annoyed, intervene and direct your dog's attention
Understand canine communication. Dogs that enjoy
rough play may growl and snap as part of that play. Dogs may also snarl
and/or snap to "set their limits" with other dogs-for example,
to let another dog know that it is being too rough or too pushy.
Dogs are programmed to be part of a pack, with some dogs being higher
in the pack hierarchy (dominant) and others being lower in the hierarchy
(submissive). Dogs have various ways by which they communicate their
dominance to other dogs. This may include a stiff—legged posture
with the head held up and back; raising the hackles on the back; raising
the tail; or laying the head across another dog's shoulders or back.
If you see two dogs exchanging dominant gestures with each other,
watch out—you may have a fight brewing.
Mounting ("humping") is often a way by which one dog expresses
dominance over another. Do not allow your dog to mount another dog,
as this behavior is very likely to lead to a fight. Even if your dog
means no harm, the other dog is very likely to take offense.
Respond promptly to aggressive behavior. Deciding
what constitutes aggressive behavior is sometimes a matter of judgment.
It's important to know your dog and to know what is normal and safe
for your dog.
Dogs displaying significant aggression toward other dogs,
or any aggression toward humans, must IMMEDIATELY be leashed and removed
from the park for the day. This is not only for the safety
of other park users—it can also help with the dog's own education.
A dog soon realizes that aggressive behavior earns it a one—way
ticket out of the park—and many dogs quickly learn to mind their
You may find that your dog gets along better with certain dogs, or
with certain types of dogs, than with others, and you may want to avoid
entering the park when there are dogs with whom your dog has a problem.
A dog that repeatedly displays aggressive behavior with a
variety of dogs is not a good dog park candidate and should stop coming
to the park. It is strongly recommended that dogs be spayed
or neutered before coming to the dog park. Unneutered males in particular
are much more likely to get into fights with other male dogs.
Breaking up a Dog Fight
The best way to deal with a fight is to not allow it to happen
in the first place. Know your dog, understand canine communication,
monitor situations carefully, and be prepared to intervene before stress,
over—stimulation, or aggression, escalate into a full-fledged
fight. If, despite your efforts, a fight does break out, here are some
guidelines to follow:
Both owners MUST get control of their dogs immediately.
If one owner gets control of his or her dog but the other owner does
not, this creates a very dangerous situation for the first dog and owner.
Grab the dogs from the BACK—grab either the tail or
the hind legs. If a dog is involved in a fight, you should
not grab the collar or put your hands anywhere near the dog's head.
A dog that is fighting is in a state of frenzy and is not aware of what
it is doing. It may reflexively lash out and bite at anything that comes
near its head. The safest approach is to grab the dog's tail. If the
dog has no tail, grab the hind legs. Both owners should grab their dogs
and pull them away from each other at the same time.
Then each dog should be leashed and IMMEDIATELY removed from the park.
Other users should get hold of their own dogs. The
sight of a fight breaking out sometimes incites other dogs to get involved.
Do NOT stick your hands into a fight between other people's
dogs. If you reach into the middle of a dog fight, you are
likely to get bitten. You may mean to be helpful, but if you get bitten
by someone else's dog, that dog may end up in trouble with the legal
authorities. Let the owners control their own dogs.
Children at the NOLA City Bark Dog Park
A dog park is not necessarily a safe place for young children.
Across the country, many dog parks prohibit children from entering.
If you choose to bring a child into the dog park, it is vitally important
that you supervise your child closely. You must take full responsibility
for your child's safety while in the park.
Do not allow children to behave wildly in the park.
Do not permit them to run, scream, chase the dogs, grab the dogs, or
tease the dogs. Some dogs are not used to small children; these dogs
may feel scared or threatened if a child runs toward them or grabs at
them. Dogs often run fast and play vigorously with each other while
in the park, and they may inadvertently knock down and hurt a child
who is standing out in the open.
Children should never approach or touch any dog without first
asking the owner's permission.
The safest place for a child is sitting quietly on a bench
or standing by a parent's side and holding the parent's hand.
Remember that your main responsibility while in the park is
to monitor your dog and to be prepared to intervene if there is any
sign of trouble.
Before bringing children to the park, consider whether you
can effectively supervise both the dog and the children at the same