City of Raleigh Rules for using

Off-Leash Dog areas

*** indicates a rule not on the Oakwood Dog Park sign.


Daily hours of operation are from sunrise to sunset. (Millbrook Exchange Dog Park closes at 10:00 PM)


All dogs outside the off-leash dog park fence must be and remain on a leash at all times (City Code 12-3011).


It shall be unlawful for any person in charge of a dog to fail to remove feces deposited by the dog on publicly owned property (City Code Sec. 12-3011[b]).


Female dogs in heat shall be confined in a building or secure enclosure and therefore are not permitted to use the dog park (City Code 12-3012).


It shall be unlawful for an owner to fail to provide current rabies inoculation for any dog 4 months or older. The metal tag shall be securely fastened to the dog’s collar (City Code 12-3008).


Puppies using this park must be a minimum of 4 months old.  All dogs shall be healthy and properly vaccinated.


Handlers must carry a leash and remain inside the fenced area within view and voice control of their dogs at all times.


Acts of aggression against other dogs or people are prohibited. Dogs must be removed if uncontrollable.



Handlers must stop dogs from digging and must fill any hole created by their dogs.



No more than three dogs per handler for each visit to the park.



***Choke, prong, pinch, and spike collars must be removed inside park area.



Close adult supervision is required for children under the age of 12.


***No food or dog chews are allowed within the off-leash area (picnic shelter area is exempted).


No littering. Place all trash in receptacles.


Climbing on or over the fence is not permitted.


Parks and Recreation staff have the authority to close the site for maintenance, weather related problems and special events.