Teatown Dog Policy

Your dog is welcome at Teatown. To maximize enjoyment of our preserve and minimize impacts to the natural resources, we require the following:

  • Dogs must be leashed at all times
  • Owners must bag dog waste and dispose of it in a trash receptacle
  • Professional dog walkers with more than 2 dogs are not allowed

We encourage visitors to remind fellow dog owners about the importance of abiding by our policies, and we reserve the right to ban pet owners that do not adhere to our policies.

The importance of cleaning up dog waste

  • Dog waste carries diseases to which young children are especially susceptible
  • Dog waste takes the joy out of outdoor activities – kids play on the grass and in the leaves, families enjoy picnicking, and school groups participate in outdoor programs near the trails
  • Dog waste is toxic and pollutes the environment
  • Please never leave bagged waste on the trails, always properly dispose of it. If you have to carry it with you, we recommend double- bagging

The importance of leashing your dog

  • Dogs that stray off-trail have a higher chance of attracting ticks and Lyme disease
  • Unleashed dogs can harass or injure wildlife; or become prey of fox, coyote, or other predators
  • Unleashed dogs can intimidate other visitors, depriving them of the peace our preserve provides
  • Even if your dog is friendly, unleashed dogs create a hazard when they approach other dogs that are protective of their owners