Tips to enjoy DNR-managed lands with your dog

DNR-managed lands make great dog destinations, such as Little Si, pictured. Photo/ DNR.
DNR-managed lands make great dog destinations, such as Little Si, pictured. Photo/ DNR.

It’s National Dog Week, a perfect time to explore Washington’s great outdoors with your dog. We’ve got a few tips to keep trips with your pooch safe and fun.

Check before you go
Most DNR-managed lands allow leashed dogs. Some of our natural areas, which protect Washington’s best examples of native ecosystems and sensitive habitat, are best visited without dogs. Help us preserve these sensitive sites and look for other places on DNR-managed lands to bring Fido along with you.

Remember to keep your dog on a leash on DNR-managed lands. Photo/ DNR.
Remember to keep your dog on a leash on DNR-managed lands. Photo/ DNR.

Use a leash
Whether you’re out enjoying DNR’s 1,100 miles of trail, a picnic area, or a campsite, always have your furry friend on a leash no longer than eight feet. If you’re on horseback, you can have dogs off leash when they’ll be able to hear and respond to voice direction. Having your dog on a leash helps keep your dog safe from wildlife, straying too far, and away from yucky stuff that smells lovely to them, but means trouble for you.

It’s also a good way to be courteous of other recreationists, children, and dogs you may encounter on the trail.

Pack it in, pack it out
Leave sites and trails better than when you found them. Removing your pet’s waste, either by bag or burying it off trail, helps keep the trails and places you visit most welcoming for years to come.

For more information, visit our guide to safe and fun recreation. To find a place to go with your pet, visit our statewide interactive recreation map. To learn more about DNR’s recreation program, visit our website.

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