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Dog Parks FAQ

Questions & Answers

Q: Are there health and safety tips for visiting the Dog Parks?

For your dog's health and safety:

  1. Dogs must be at least four months old to visit.

  2. Determine if it's wise for your small dog or puppy to be off-leash with larger dogs.

  3. Dogs must have a current rabies vaccination tag and number, as required by state law. If your dog's vaccination is not current, please call your vet. Consult with your vet regarding other recommended vaccinations or preventives.

  4. The Lake County Health Department's low-cost pet vaccination clinics provide a convenient and affordable way to keep pets current with their shots and rabies tags.

  5. Leave sick dogs home. They are not allowed in the area when ill.

  6. Show your dog you care by asking your vet about visiting here.

  7. Learn about potential health issues, prevention, symptoms and treatment. The Lake County Health Department and the American Veterinary Medical Association offer information and other resources on environmental health and disease prevention.  

  8. Make sure your dog is healthy and properly vaccinated against parvovirus and other diseases.

  9. The soil throughout the eastern United States may contain spores that can cause blastomycosis. Chances are small that a dog will inhale them, but knowing symptoms gives time for treatment.

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Q: Can I get a refund if my dog does not like the park?

Refunds are not available but we do recommend purchasing a daily permit first to test the parks. They are good at all five parks, so start your day early and discover your favorite.

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Q: What if a dog is behaving overly aggressive toward my dog and I don’t see the owner?

Call 847-549-5200 and ask to speak to a Ranger.

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Q: Is my dog required to wear a Forest Preserve dog tag?

No. Owners must display the annual permit vehicle sticker or the daily permit receipt on their vehicle while at the park.

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Q: Do you spray anything to reduce ticks at the dog parks?

We do not spray insecticide or use other methods to control tick populations. They are part of the natural system.

In Illinois, adult ticks are most active in April through June and again in early fall. 

If you are encountering numerous ticks we recommend discussing repellent options with your veterinarian and considering keeping your dog out of areas with tall vegetation during the peak times. We realize this is a challenge at the dog parks. On-leash excursions at nearby preserves with crushed limestone trails are an alternative option to reduce tick exposure and during muddy seasons. 

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