Frequently Asked Questions About RRUFF Dog Park:
Why don't we have grass?
The original grass was mostly 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 thought it was best to eliminate the foxtails. In addition:
- 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.