Benefits of licensing your dog – What’s in it for Fido?
RRUFF asks all pet owners to license their dogs. It is a State of California law that all dogs age four months and older be properly licensed in their city or county. Unlicensed dogs may not be able to play, socialize and exercise at the new off-leash dog park if it is discovered the dog is not properly licensed.
The process of obtaining a dog license is easy. Dog license applications are available online at www.petdata.com. The Rocklin Police Department can also help you, and any RRUFF board member can assist you in obtaining your pooch’s license. You need your rabies certificate and spay/neuter certificate. You can purchase one or three year licenses. The fees are specified on the petdata website. If you don’t want to pay online, you can print and mail the application.
How do you and your dog benefit from having a license? We have all heard the reasons why people don’t want to license their pets. If your dog is licensed, here are just a few of the many benefits:
Should your pet become lost, the chance of being reunited is significantly increased. A dog license can be traced 24 hours a day, seven days a week by an on-call animal control officer.
Your pet will receive a longer stay at the animal shelter. It will not be put up for adoption or euthanized as quickly as an unlicensed dog.
If your dog is injured while it is out of your care, emergency veterinarian care will be provided. Licensing revenue assure dog owners that their licensed animal will be transported and receive medical attention.
Licensing also guarantees a dog has been inoculated against rabies. Without proof of vaccinations, people bitten by a dog would have to undergo a series of painful injections.
If a rabid animal is found in the area, licensed dog owners will be notified by animal control.
If a licensed dog is bitten by a skunk or a bat, the quarantine period will be limited to 30 days at the pet owner’s residence. Unlicensed dogs face a six-month quarantine at an animal shelter. This could also result in the owner paying more than $3,000 in fees.
Licensing encourages the spaying and neutering of dogs through staggered fees. This differential is designed to encourage responsible pet ownership by lowering pet overpopulation, which results in overcrowding at shelters and the resulting euthanization of far too many animals.
Please be a responsible pet owner and purchase a license for your dog. Our animals give us unconditional love, so the least we can do is keep them as safe as possible so they can be with us as long as possible. Please, do the right thing for your best friend.
ADULT DOG & PUPPY CLASS SCHEDULE
Where: RRUFF Dog Park, Johnson-Springview Park 5480 5th St., Rocklin
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Please visit the PawsNPause website the day before class to confirm class is not cancelled due to weather or emergencies
To register CLICK HERE. and go to “contact” page.
Classes fill up quickly You can also register at the class
Classes are open to all dogs over the age of *6 months. Proof of DHPP and Rabies vaccine required.
*talk to Kellie for exceptions
(916) 782-SPCA (7722) or (530) 885-PETS (7387)
ONE MORE DOG RESCUE
PO Box 1292, Lincoln, CA 95648
NORCAL COLLIE RESCUE
1520 E. Covell Blvd #85, Davis, CA 95616
IMPS – Internet Miniature Pinscher Service
(877) MIN-PIN1 (emergencies only)
GREYHOUND FRIENDS FOR LIFE
ALL AMERICAN DACHSHUND RESCUE
NOR CAL BULLY BREED RESCUE(formerly Itty Bitty Pitty Committee)
TINY TIM’S PALS, ALL PET RESCUE
Hours: Open Dawn to Dusk daily 365 days a year including during the winter months
A friendly reminder: When the Special Needs Area is reserved or when in use for training classes, please do not bring your dog into this area for ANY reason. No Exceptions.
We cannot stress enough how important it is for you to not bring small children into the dog park. It is your responsibility if your child is injured inside the dog park. This is for your child’s safety. Please NO CHILDREN UNDER 5 YEARS OF AGE.
This is an off-leash dog park. Dogs can be dangerous and may behave in an unpredictable manner. They may bite, trip or jump on you. Use the dog park at Johnson-Springview “at your own risk.” If you enter the park, you assume the risk that you may be injured by a dog. Owners of dogs are responsible and fully liable for the actions of their dogs.
Dog owners MUST clean up after their dogs.
Dogs with a known history of dangerous behavior are prohibited. Dog owners are legally responsible for the activities of their dogs. Leash and remove dogs showing aggressiveness towards people or other dogs.
No children under the age of 5 allowed. Children between the ages of 5 and 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Please have at least one adult (18 or older) to supervise the children and one to supervise the dog(s). No one under 16 may bring a dog to the park without an adult present.
Do not leave your dog unattended.
Dogs should be leashed prior to entering and upon leaving. Owners must obey leash laws whenever outside the boundaries of the dog park.
No more than three dogs per adult.
Dogs MUST be licensed and vaccinated. Dogs must be wearing up-to-date rabies and license tags.To obtain a City of Rocklin license visit www.petdata.com
Female dogs in heat are prohibited.
No alcoholic beverages, food or glass containers are permitted in the dog park.
No smoking inside the park. This is a City of Rocklin ordinance
Do not allow your dog to dig.
Why don’t we have grass?
The original park area had many foxtails. Foxtails can be deadly to dogs (because they can travel to your dog’s heart or lungs) and they can create a large vet bill for you to have them removed from toes, ears, or nose. We eliminate the foxtails and put down a safe ground cover. Why didn’t we use grass?
- Happy, running, playing dogs will tear up the grass and it will become dirt
- Grass requires water and there is no irrigation
- Grass gets soggy when wet – think muddy, very dirty pooch
- Grass requires maintenance, such as mowing, weeding
Why did RRUFF choose the current ground cover?
After consulting with an environmental biologist, arborist and soil specialist, these are the reasons organic ground cover was chosen:
- Organic material is “magic” between growth and no growth – perfect balance
- The micro flora of the soil is critical for good health
- Contains green waste such as oak leaves, pine needles, and chips
- Six inch deep layer will eliminate the foxtail problem
- The heritage oak trees will benefit
- Water penetrates better
- Nutrient complex is greater
- No silica, therefore is people and dog-friendly
- Lower temperature and natural light
- Reduces chance of park flooding
As the ground cover continues to decompose, it will become softer and more level. RRUFF will top it off as needed with new organic materials to keep it healthy and to keep adequate coverage to eliminate foxtails. Some larger pieces of wood and bark will get through the shredders; therefore, we encourage all park users to pick up these pieces when you visit and set them by the trash cans. Our volunteers will finish the job. Because of the naturally hilly terrain inside the park and with the use of organic ground cover, flooding should not be a problem. Unlike many dog parks that have to close in the winter, our park should be able to be open 365 days a year (except for maintenance and construction).
Most dog parks use decomposed granite. Why didn’t RRUFF?
- Decomposed granite is expensive to install
- Decomposed granite contains silica which can be harmful to dogs
- Decomposed granite can cut in between a dog’s toes
- Decomposed granite is very hot, bright, and reflective in sunshine
- Decomposed granite can adversely change the water relations in the soil around the heritage oak trees
- Decomposed granite will reduce water infiltration into the soil which will not provide water needed during the winter
Safety Tips for you, your children and your pet:
- Please no children in the dog park under 5 years of age. It’s just too dangerous for them and we will ask you to leave. We know your kids might be used to playing with dogs at home, but a dog at the dog park is not the same as your dog at home. If you choose to bring your children inside the dog park, YOU are responsible for their safety and YOU are liable if they are injured.
- Always remove your dog’s leash inside the holding area before you enter the dog park. Your dog will become prey for the other dogs already in the park.
- Should your dog be involved in a dog fight, the safest way to break up the fight is to grab your dog’s two hind legs and slowly pull it away. Do not attempt to grab the collar and never touch the other person’s dog. Dog fights happen and most of the time the pooches work it out. Please be respectful to the other dog owners. It is best to leave the park rather than have a confrontation. Each dog owner is responsible for his or her dog and its behavior.
- Please do not bring food into the dog park and smoking is prohibited in all Rocklin parks.
- If you have a small dog and bring it into the large dog area to play YOU are responsible for keeping your dog safe. Large dogs play hard and fast. Small dogs should be in the small dog area. We understand the little guys like to play with the big dogs, but remember, the large dog area is for large dogs. Your little one’s safety is your responsibility. Do not blame the owner of a large dog if your little one is injured.
- Finally, please pick up after your dog.