Your Dog, Parks, and the Leash Law
The City of Davis requires all dogs to be on a leash except when on private property or when the dog is in a designated off-leash area. Leashes should not exceed eight feet in length. Yolo County Animal Services enforces the leash law and other animal regulations.
Several Davis parks have exercise areas where your dog can be off leash if it remains under your control. These areas are marked by signs and can be found in the following areas:
Unfenced off-leash areas:
- Aspen Greenbelt (south of Glacier Drive at the east end of Isle Royale Lane)
- John Barovetto Park, 4400 Alhambra Drive (southeast area of the park)
- Pioneer Park, 5035 Hamel Street (northeast of the playground)
- Slide Hill Park, 1525 Tulip Lane (south end of the park)
- Sycamore Park, 1313 Sycamore Lane< (southwest of the playground)
- Walnut Park, 2700 Lillard Drive (east of the tennis courts)
Fenced off-leash areas:
- Community Park, 1405 F Street (west of the Skate Park)
- Toad Hollow Dog Park, 1919 Second Street
Please Note: The park is closed for maintenance on Mondays from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. During the winter months, the Toad Hollow Dog Park may be closed prior to, during, and following heavy rain periods. During the temporary closures, signage will be posted at the site to inform the public. The Dog Park will be re-opened once the field has dried and is suitable for use.
You are required to clean up after your dog.
Dogs are not allowed in the children's play areas of City parks and greenbelts.
For those involved in obedience training and showing in trials, an off leash training permit is available at the Community Services Department, 23 Russell Boulevard, (530) 757-5626. The permit is issued for the express purpose of obedience training for dogs enrolled and actually participating in a dog training or obedience class, exhibition, or competition conducted by an organization with the permission of the owner or operator or the grounds or facility. The permit does not authorize you to exercise, play with your dog off leash, or practice tracking or agility.
Rules and Regulations
Download a copy of the
Leash Law Flyer
Enforcement of the Leash Law and other animal regulations is provided by the Animal Services Unit of the Yolo County Sheriff's Office, (530) 668-5287.
Dogs in Davis are required to be licensed. A Yolo County License may be purchased at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 East Gibson Road in Woodland, (530) 668-5287 (directions) or renewed online at the Animal Services website. Locally, new licenses may be purchased at the Davis Police Department, 2600 Fifth Street, (530) 747-5400. A current rabies certificate is required. Licenses are half price if you show proof of spay or neutering.
City and County Code sections relating to dogs:
- City Code: Animals and Fowl
- City Code: Dogs running at large
- City Code: Dogs in parks
- City Code: Dogs in open space areas
- Yolo County Code: Title 6 Chapter 1 - Animals
- From West Davis:
Take Highway 113 north towards Woodland. Exit at Gibson Road, turn right at signal. The animal shelter will be on your right, past the community college, approximately one and a quarter miles from the freeway.
- From East Davis:
Take Pole Line Road north towards Woodland. Gibson Road is approximately seven miles north of Covell Blvd. Turn left. The animal shelter will be on your left just past the intersection.