The Rules of the Hays Dog Park

Below are the rules for the Hays Dog Park. It is very important that we ensure that everyone is following the rules and respecting the park. Don’t be afraid to remind people who are violating the rules what they are:

Hays Dog Park Regulations: 

·  Aggressive dogs are not permitted. Dogs that show aggression must be removed immediately.

·  Owners must remain at the dog park with their dog(s) and monitor behavior of their dog(s).

·  No children under 12 years of age unless accompanied by an adult.

·  Always pick up after your dog(s). Feces are a source of parasites & disease.

·   Puppies under the age of 6 months are prohibited.

·  All dogs must be vaccinated & licensed prior to using the park.  Owners must have proof of vaccinations & licensing.

·  No more than 3 dogs per adult permitted.

·  Dogs in heat, pregnant or lactating are not permitted in the area.

·  Owners must have a leash in their possession for each dog. Dogs must be on a leash when outside the dog park.

·  Smoking, food (human and dog), and alcohol are not allowed in the park. 

·  Please keep gate closed at all times.

·  Please control excess barking.

·  Please do not allow dogs to dig holes. Holes are a hazard for humans as well as dog



FHSU Service Learning Projects Benefit the FHDP

The Meetings, Conventions and Events Management class, taught this fall by Dr. Stacey L. Smith, director of the Tourism & Hospitality Management Program, will conclude its service-learning project with a check presentation to the Friends of the Hays Dog Park group at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the Dreiling Lobby at Sheridan Hall. These students planned and executed 3 fantastic fundraising and awareness events for the FHDP! Please join us for the presentation and to thank this special group of students!!

Wendy’s Fundraiser

Upcoming breakfast fundraiser at Wendy’s


FHDP meeting

The next FHDP meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 5 at 7:00 PM at the Community Assistance Center.

Dog Park

I went out to the dog park site today. It has been a week since I last went out and discovered that they had started building. I took my dogs, Sage and Lark, and we walked the perimeter and went inside the space a bit. I have been worrying for months that Sage would not get to see the park…so I planned to take her out alone on Sunday and spend some time there. On Sunday morning Sage had a stroke, and by Tuesday…she was gone.

Today it was just Lark and I at the site. I debated going. I didn’t know how I would feel seeing this place that I knew Sage would never visit. But we’ve come so far…and so many people have worked so hard, and given so much. So I decided I wanted to go. I needed to see the progress.

The small dog park is almost completely fenced in. Part of the large park is too. The staging area has been poured. It is really starting to shape up and look like a dog park.

I am heartbroken that Sage will never play there. But I realize that this is about more than me and my dogs. It is about a community of dog lovers and their furry friends. It’s about a group of people who came together and made something happen out of love and respect for their dogs. It is about every smile and warm feeling that a person has when they watch their dogs play in that space. And Sage….while she may never play there…she played a part in inspiring it.

Nov 14 Meeting Cancelled

The FHDP meeting 11/14/13 is cancelled. We will update you on when we have rescheduled soon.

Dog Park Construction Underway

I went out to the future Hays Dog Park yesterday…and to my surprise they had already started building!!!

Here is a link to an article on the Hays Post: