The Western Colorado weather has certainly made a turn for the better, and with it has come the expected increase in dog walkers.If you are walking your dog at one of our beautiful Grand Junction City Parks, here's five must-do's to be aware of.

Dog walking is a great spring activity, and can be a lot of fun for both for dogs and humans. Thanks to our friends at Mesa County Animal Services, here are five tips to make your dog walking experience enjoyable for you,  your dog, other people and their dogs, and our city parks.


  • 1

    Don't Forget the Leash

    Dogs must be under leash control at all times, unless signage specifically designates the area as an off-leash park. Even if you are in an off-leash area, it is still your responsibility to keep your dog under control at all times.

  • 2

    Clean It Up!

    When you are taking your dog out for a walk, whether it's at the park or just in the neighborhood, always be prepared to clean up after you dog. There's different ways to do this, but one way is to come with a couple of clear plastic sandwich bags to use as a glove, and a grocery store sack. Never be  unprepared for this inevitable occurrence, and dispose of any waste in refuse containers.

  • 3

    Vaccination and License

    All dogs out in public must have a current rabies vaccination. If you aren't sure if your dog is current just check with your veterinarian. If locally owned, dogs must be wearing a Mesa County Pet License.

  • 4

    Control Your Dog(s)

    Please don't allow your dog to run and jump on other people or dogs without an invitation or a word of approval. Remember, others may be afraid of your dog, and other dogs may not be friendly toward your pet.

  • 5

    Bring Water

    Make sure you bring water - for you AND your pet. Keeping hydrated is very important, especially as we launch into the warmer months.