Mid Michigan's Premier Dog Park
Since our inception, Joey's has set out to change the way dogs live. Much of our efforts are focused on educating owners about the benefits of a diet based in quality animal proteins. Diet is a huge part of the equation, but it's not everything. Without proper exercise, true health and wellbeing will continue to elude our canines. Dogs were born to run free; enter Joey's Pet Outfitters Dog Park in Williamston, just east of Lansing, Michigan.
At Joey's we are proud to offer the residents of Williamston and Greater Lansing a dog park that is unlike any other. Williamston is a small Mid-Michigan community with a lot to offer in terms of dining, shopping and entertainment. Joey's Dog Park is proud to be part of the community's lively atmosphere and a sanctuary for both dogs and their owners.
Everything about our dog park is designed to create the ultimate experience for your dogs. Please read our Rules and Code of Conduct below. The more dog owners adhere to these guidelines, the better the environment will be for dogs and owners alike.
Paperwork, Rules, and Reading Materials
The following qualifications must be met by all members: carefully examine and fill out our Membership Application, Dog Park Rules and Waiver; also examine and acknowledge our Joey’s Dog Park Code of Conduct; present vaccination records for distemper (CDV), parvo (CPV-2), adenovirus (CAV-2), and rabies from your veterinarian; and present copies of dog licenses. We also recommend and require that you read Pat Miller's article on dog park etiquette.Evaluation, supervision, and guidance in the dog park will be ongoing. All of which will be conducted by members of the Joey’s team and/or by professional trainers selected by Joey's management.
Park Access, Seasonality, Hours and Reservations
The park will be accessed through the store. Therefore park hours will coincide with our store hours, except for necessary maintenance, park reservations and other functions. Members will be given advance notification of these special functions.
Monday - Friday: 10am to 7pm
Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: 11am to 4pm
Daily schedule subject to change
Large yard seasonally closed due to ice on the pond; December through March (subject to weather conditions)
Small yard behind the store is open year around
Closed when Joey's Pet Outfitters store is closed due to weather, holiday, etc.
Admission to Joey's Dog Park is via an annual or 4 month term only. Pricing is subject to change, contact us for up to date pricing.
DOWNLOAD Membership Application, Dog Park Rules and Waiver HERE
Preparing for the Dog Park
In addition to the many resources and guidelines we’ve provided, here are some additional things to keep in mind when preparing to bring your dog to a park setting:
Leashed dogs vs. unleashed dogs: Leashes should only be used for entering and exiting the park, or for emergencies. Leashed dogs may feel cornered and react defensively.
Off-leash doesn’t equal out-of-control: Just because you can drop the leash, doesn’t mean you can let your dog go nuts. If you don’t have a reasonable level of control over your dog, please consult a professional trainer.
Not all dogs want to play: Herding dogs, in particular, are often focused solely on their owner and their respective ‘job’ (usually fetch). Older, shy, or fearful dogs may also need space. Sure, lots of dogs love to get rowdy, but some simply want a place to cruise off-leash. At our Lansing dog park, we respect this. Please, help accommodate them.
Call off your dog from any situation that may escalate: Also, do not allow yours and other dogs to crowd the entrance to the dog park or trap dogs in the corner areas of the fence. Dogs that feel trapped or cornered can be very dangerous.
If your dog can’t be called off, you don’t have control: You must have control of your dog at all times. Dogs are not to be left to work things out. They are the handler’s responsibility.
Dominant behavior, stealing toys, excessive barking: Jumping on people or dogs, charging, ambushing, stalking, bullying, mounting (humping), and barking incessantly are destructive behaviors. Dogs who consistently behave in this manner often have owners in denial. It’s not 'playing, ‘cute’, or ‘affectionate’.
This behavior is highly likely to cause serious problems at a dog park. Do not tolerate this behavior in your dog, and address it before attending the park. You must also address it right away while at the park, or we will take steps to address it ourselves.
Rough Play: Dogs often love to get rowdy, and just because two dogs are playing rough doesn’t mean there’s a problem. This is true even if the dogs are significantly different in size. However, there are big differences between wrestling and mounting, chasing and stalking, or pouncing and bullying. Growling is also generally normal.
Recognizing play: When dogs play, their movements are, well, playful. Play is generally identified by haphazard, silly movement or behavior. Watch out for overly-visual, predatory behavior. If your dog is ‘locked in’, or persistent despite another dog’s protests or corrections (yes, it’s justifiable for dogs to make fair corrections), then please call your dog away.
Fights: Fights will happen in the dog park. Do not reach into fights. Distract, separate, and remove the dogs.
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