PARK ETIQUETTE

Callahan is a Multi-Use Park

This means that everyone is welcome, whether you walk, bike, ride a horse, ski or explore with your dog. While all of Callahan’s users should respect each other’s needs, CDOG asks in particular that all dog owners and dog walkers maintain MAXIMUM AWARENESS of their dogs and all other park users.

No Bad Dogs

As dog trainer Barbara Woodhouse liked to say, “There are no bad dogs, only bad dog owners.” CDOG’s Guidelines aim to help dog-loving humans become good dog owners and, in the process, project a responsible image to the rest of Callahan users. Help us make our motto “Good Dogs Make Good Parks” a reality.

Perception is Reality

We need to conduct ourselves in a manner which is both composed and respectable when managing our dogs.

Dogs off-leash in designated areas ONLY!

MANDATORY Rules for Visitors with Dogs:

• Control your dog: Must maintain effective control of the dog through
voice control and leash must be in hand consistent with DCR’s
definition of control. On leash means on leash – remote collars are
not an acceptable substitute.

• Clean-up after your dog: Poop bags are provided at all entrances
if you forgot. Please dispose of bags in the trash cans or
dumpster. DO NOT leave bags at pond area for others to pick up.

• Respect private property and our neighbors: Dogs must be leashed
when entering or leaving the parking lots, on all trails that abut
private property and those specifically requiring a leash such as
the Earthen Dam.

• Leash if requested – Respect other users: Leash your dog when
requested by another user that may feel threatened or
uncomfortable by your dog until they have left the vicinity.

 

Off-leash is a Privilege – NOT a Right! Treat it as such and follow the rules!

PARK ETIQUETTE GUIDELINES

    • Leash Your Dog in the Parking Lot — This is required of all dog owners and dog walkers. This is a safety consideration for dog owners and dog walkers and will be rigorously enforced. The parking lot at Callahan State Park is a busy place for dogs, children, adults and cars alike. Let’s prevent accidents.
    • Leash Your Dog on On-Leash Trails — Familiarize yourself with Callahan maps and know which trails require dogs to be leashed. You must also leash your dog ANYTIME someone asks you to – even in off-leash areas.
    • Clean Up After Your Dog  — Please pick up and properly dispose of any droppings on or within ten feet of all trails. Degradable bags and barrels are available for this purpose at the three main entrances and at Eagle Pond. Put used bags in the barrels provided.
    • No Jumping on People or Other Dogs — Jumping dogs are misbehaving dogs. If your dog is a jumper, it belongs on a leash until you teach it not to jump.
    • Greet Before You Meet — Not everyone wants to meet your dog. Call ahead and ask other park users and dog walkers if it is okay for your dog to greet them before you allow your dog to interact.
    • Control Your Dog — Be in charge of your dog. Your dog must come when called and be familiar with basic commands: come, sit, stay, off, no, etc.
    • Be Aware of Yourself and Your Dog — Keep your dog in sight at all times. Know where your dog is and what he’s doing. Pay attention to who is around you and how your presence may be affecting other park users’ experience.
    • No Trespassing on Private Property  — We must respect the rights of property owners who abut Callahan State Park. Do not let your dog wander onto private property. Alter your route or use a leash if necessary.
    • Listen to and Work with DCR and its Designated Park Volunteers — Be
      proactive and understand the Etiquette Guidelines established for Basic Trail Users, Bikers & Horse Riders (please see other tabs on this page).

Let’s make Callahan the best multi-use park in the Commonwealth!

  • Do not ride horses in a manner that is likely to cause alarm or injury to another person or animal.
  • Approach and pass other trail users with care; stay to the right – pass on the left – signal other trail users when approaching.
  • Ride in control.
  • Make your presence known.
  • Do not ride bicycles in a manner that is likely to cause alarm or injury to another person or animal.
  • Approach and pass other trail users with care; stay to the right – pass on the left – signal other trail users when approaching.
  • Ride in control.
  • Make your presence known.
  • Please observe all park rules and signs.
  • Hikers, dog walkers and cyclists should always yield to horses and make their presence known well in advance.
  • Animals on the trails and fields may act unexpectedly. If you are unsure about approaching someone with a horse or dog, ask the handler for guidance.
  • Stay on designated trails; do not cut new trails.
  • Motorized vehicles are prohibited from the park.

QUESTIONS?

For general inquiries, questions or comments, please drop us a line!

 

How to find us.

Millwood Street
Framingham, MA 01701

Email: info@callahandogs.com

 

Callahan State Park