Do you offer Memberships?
At this time, we do not offer Memberships. Venues are available for rent exclusively to private canine parties.
How do I rent a venue?
An association/organization officer (if incorporated) or the party host (if individual) signs a venue-rental contract, provides proof of liability insurance (general umbrella, homeowners insurance, renters insurance, association insurance), and pays the venue rental fee. Payment is made in full at contract signing. Please contact us for available dates!
Do you offer rain dates for inclement weather?
We do offer rain dates; however, rain dates cannot be scheduled until an event has been cancelled due to inclement weather. We do not offer refunds, and will attempt as best possible to find a mutually suitable rain date.
For the safety of our guests and our staff, we evaluate the risk level for each group based upon each group’s particular characteristics to determine whether we believe the group is a good fit for a venue rental at The Club. We determine fit depending upon: 1) breed and mix of breeds; 2) owner expertise; 3) group history; and 4) amount and type of insurance. If you believe your group may fall into a high risk category, please send an inquiry and describe your group.
Do you have breed restrictions or any other restrictions?
May I bring other people’s dogs to The Club?
Guests may only bring their own dogs and foster dogs to the Club. If the dog is a foster dog, please inquire ahead to ensure that your rescue is on the approved list.
May I bring foster dogs to The Club?
Guests may bring foster dogs to the Club as long as your rescue is on the approved rescue list; please inquire ahead to ensure that your rescue is on the approved list.
Should I be concerned about the dogs fighting?
Dogs are independent creatures that, by nature, travel in packs with a strict pack order. They think for themselves, they feel, they like some dogs, they dislike other dogs, and sometimes they disagree (my toy, my food, my FOOT-Ouch!, my shady spot, my mommy). Despite this, dog fights in an off-leash dog park remain quite rare.
First, the fenced area of The Leesburg Canine Country Club is "neutral" territory-no dog has laid claim to this territory so there is nothing to defend. Second, the dogs within are always changing so there is no opportunity for a group of dogs to form a solid "pack". Third, with so much space, there are few areas in which to get cornered, and lots of places to run away if a situation gets sticky ("flight" rather than "fight"). Fourth, The Club forbids intact (not spayed or neutered) dogs-which can increase the incidents of dog fights-over the age of 6 months unless special arrangements are made.
Why must my dog remain unleashed in the fenced area of The Club? I am nervous about how he will react.
In a dog's mind, he must always be prepared to defend himself and his pack (i.e. YOU). If a dog is tethered, he may feel that he is at an automatic disadvantage. If an unleashed dog runs up to greet him while he is on-leash--even if the dog is perfectly friendly--he may take an offensive posture or even attack. It does not help that *you* may be nervous about your dog's response, and that nervousness travels right out of your hand, through the leash, and into your dog's heart.
Dogs who may be nervous about the off-leash area will go to a small comfortable quiet area-The "Rookie" Lot-where each of them, in turn, can acclimate to the "bigness" of the park (after all, how many dogs have had THAT much space in which to roam before?), and all the new human and canine faces. From this Rookie Lot, they can see and hear everything that is going on, and have a few new friends come in and visit until they are ready for the Big Boy and Girl area!
Why can't I pick up my little dog and carry him at The Club? He is agitated by the bigger dogs!
If you pick up your little dog and carry him, all the other dogs will jump up on you to see and/or get to the “prize” you are holding in your arms—the cool fuzzy toy. The situation may be made all the worse if the little dog is squealing or barking. And…just like a leashed dog's reaction to unleashed dogs, he feels he must always be prepared to defend himself and his pack (i.e. YOU).
If a dog is in your arms (and not squealing in fright), he may still attempt to attack the dogs who are “threatening you”. Again, it does not help that *you* may be nervous about your dog's response, and that nervousness travels right out of your arms and into your dog's heart. If this situation happens, then the little dog may best be suited for a different pen.
Why can't prong/spike collars, choke chain collars & shock collars be used in the fenced area of The Club?
When dogs play, they wrestle, they roll around, they run, they run into things, they run into each other, and they tug on anything they can get their teeth around (i.e. collars). If a dog is wearing a prong/spike or a choke collar, he could choke and/or suffer puncture wounds to the neck or trachea. The other dog could suffer a mouth/tooth injury and/or get his mouth stuck in the prong/spike or choke collar.
My intact (not spayed or neutered) dog plays well with other dogs. Why aren't intact dogs over 6 months permitted?
Even if your intact dog is not aggressive toward other dogs, the presence and scent of any intact dog—whether dominant or submissive—and accompanying hormones can trigger aggressive behavior in otherwise stable dogs around him/her. These over-stimulated dogs may target the intact dog, each other, and/or any other dogs within their reach. “Intact” status is mitigated by sameness of breed; therefore, we may sometimes allow intact dogs at breed meetups.
How does one safely break up a dogfight?
There is no safe way to break up a dogfight. Above all else, humans must protect themselves, and avoid contact with the end that has the teeth. Humans must NEVER grab a fighting dog's collar-a dog may interpret this action as another dog trying to bite its neck, and then he may attack you.
The first line of defense against a dogfight is prevention-keep your dogs out of situations where a fight is likely to occur, move to another part of the park if you or your dogs feel uncomfortable with a particular situation, and prepare your dogs for complete recall under any and all adverse conditions. It may seem like a dog fight breaks out without warning and in an instant; however, dog fights seldom occur without fair indicators:
Posturing (standing tall and lifting head above another dog's);
Raised hairs on the back of the neck or back;
"Too close" proximity to a dog with whom prior adverse interactions have occurred;
An inordinate number of congregated dogs (especially when congregated by a gate, when chasing a yelping running dog, or when [not so patiently] awaiting treat or high value toy distribution);
If your dog has already managed to get himself into one of these pre-fight situations, recognize that your voice travels faster than the rest of you. Call your dog in an upbeat (but commanding voice), growl "NO", flail your arms, and in general become more interesting than whatever else is going on. Above all else...ACT. One second's hesitation can mean the difference between peaceful resolution and disaster.
If this fails or if the fight has already ensued, try your voice as you are running over to your dog. Sometimes playing dogs go "a little too far" because so-in-so stepped on so-in-so's foot, and so-in-so got upset. If this is the case, these dogs just need to be reminded that you are alpha, you decide when to fight, and now is not appropriate.
If the fight is the real thing, 1) throw something at them; 2) spray them with water; AND/OR 2) pick up the aggressing dog by the hind legs and lift his legs straight up in the air. Someone else should be doing the same with the other dog(s); otherwise, the free dogs may try to take a pot shot at their now constrained opponent.
Above all else, YOU are responsible for your dog's behavior and safety.
Are fleas and ticks a concern at The Recreation Center?
The Recreation Center is a completely outdoor open space with grass, pines and deciduous hardwoods-all of which provide ample hiding places for fleas, mosquitoes (heartworm carriers), and ticks (Lyme disease carriers).
All dogs should therefore be on flea, tick, and heartworm preventative for their own safety and the safety of other Guests' dogs. We also recommend permethrin on your clothes for yourself; note that deet repels mosquitoes but does nothing for ticks.
Is disease a concern at The Club?
Anywhere that dogs congregate presents an opportunity for disease. However, if your dog is healthy and current on his vaccines, the risk is minimal. The Club also requires all dogs to be vaccinated against Rabies, Parvovirus, Bordetella, and Distemper, and The Club maintains vaccination records for each dog.
Like other dog parks, we do occasionally have a run of canine warts--which self-resolves--however, the virus stays in the systems for 90 days so dog who manifest with warts need to refrain from attending for 90 days.
How old must my puppy be before he may enter the fenced area of The Club?
Puppies must be at least four months old and must have received their puppy shots, including their first round of Rabies vaccinations in order to enter the park. Please consult your veterinarian for the age appropriate for your particular dog.
We have made arrangements for puppy playdates for younger puppies.
Are children permitted?
The Club permits mature dog-savvy children over the age of eight into the Fenced Area with their parent Guest. Children not belonging to Guests will be permitted with Guests if the child's parent or legal guardian signs a Child Agreement Form with The Recreation Center. Anyone who has seen a full-grown 200-pound man get knocked down (and then humped) at a dog park by a band of canines who were not watching where they were going, will understand this age requirement.
Recognize too that dogs find children-who make high-pitched squealy noises, run everywhere, and hold toys and treats at a tantalizing height right above a dog's head-quite fascinating! And should a hyper-excited dog (accidentally) or an irritated dog (purposefully) bite a child, the dog will most likely bite the nearest body part...and that would be a child's face. A dog who has bitten -- for whatever reason -- has little protection under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
What do I do if a dog is annoying my dog, and the dog's owner is doing nothing?
First, determine whether your dog is actually upset. Often dogs engaging in play may *seem* like they are fighting-growling, barking, biting, and wrestling.
Ask these questions:
Are the dogs roughly the same size? (otherwise, the smaller dog may become accidentally injured).
Are the dogs switching positions, exchanging who is on top, even if one gets the "prize" position more often than the other?
Are the tails wagging? Are the tails in the air?
Are teeth actually touching skin?
Is the growl pitch just a little higher than the fight/alert pitch?
Do each of the sparring partners keep coming back for more?
Is your dog smiling?
On the other hand, if your dog's tail is between his legs, he begins yelping, his lips are curled back with teeth showing, and/or he is snarling, he is not happy at all. He is warning the other dog to "GO AWAY OR ELSE", and the other dog is just NOT getting the hint. And the dog's owner is not either.
If this is the situation, first remove *your* dog from the situation. A yelping dog will draw the attention of every dog in the park, and this may very quickly slide into a dog fight. If you feel comfortable talking to the owner, let him/her know that your dog was upset by the actions of his/her dog, and try to work out a plan of action for the future where both dogs are comfortable. If you do not feel comfortable speaking to the owner, please alert staff.
Are foster dogs permitted?
Foster dogs are permitted as long as the rescue is on the approved list. Please inquire.
May our dogs bark at The Club?
The Club is blessed to have only five neighbors, all of whom are supportive of this venture, and three of whom who are dog owners, themselves. However, we would not want to take advantage of these neighbors who were so kind to allow us to be here! So please minimize barking, especially near the back of the property! Fortunately for us, we all know that playing dogs -- so engaged with each other -- seldom bark!