How to ENTER and EXIT the bark park

The Warminster Township Bark Park is divided into two (2) separate fenced-in areas, providing maximum safety for your dog. When entering & exiting the designated areas please remember to CLOSE THE GATES SECURELY BEHIND YOU & YOUR DOG. Open or tied back gates defeat the purpose of the security provided by the fenced-in areas. Please note that the outer gate is electronic and the use of the access swipe card to enter and a push button to exit will be required.

You enter and exit each of the areas through the double-gated vestibule. The vestibule is designed with two (2) gates to provide maximum control over your dog and other dogs as you enter and leave the fenced-in areas. If someone is ahead of you, please wait your turn before entering this area. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOUR ACCESS PASS CARD IS REQUIRED TO ENTER THE PARK. The gate has a magnetic lock that will secure the gate in a locked position once you have passed through if you close it behind you. If you become locked in the park, Bark Park members are provided with a code location to exit via the side maintenance gates or call (215) 672-1000 and ask the Police Department for assistance.

Opening only one gate at a time makes the vestibule a kind of “dog lock”, similar to an airlock on a spacecraft. After closing the outer gate, you should remove your dog’s leash and remain in the vestibule while you observe the behavior of dogs already in the off-leash area. If the behavior is friendly, carefully open the inner gate and enter – move forward into the park, do not stand at the gate. If your dog’s behavior is unfriendly, put the leash back on your dog and remove them from the area.

The Bark Park fencing contains two (2) service gates located on each side of the park. These gates provide access for the Township’s maintenance and landscape crews. They are NOT intended for use by park members and are to be kept locked unless in use by authorized personnel. If you find an unlocked maintenance gate, please notify the Township as soon as possible @ (215) 443-5428 during normal business hours (Monday–Friday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm, legal holidays excluded).

PLEASE DO NOT enter the fenced-in, off-leash areas through the service/emergency gates. These gates do not provide the control that you need to have over the dogs while entering or exiting the park. Additionally, dogs already in the off-leash area, including dogs that might be unfriendly toward your dog, might escape as you enter the park through these unauthorized service gates.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON HOW TO ENTER THE BARK PARK

• Before opening the outer gate, please check to be sure that the inner gate is properly closed and that no other dogs are in this area.
• Open the outer gate with your swipe access card (‘Paw Pass’) and enter the vestibule with your dog on-leash, then, close the outer main gate behind you and be sure that it is properly secured.
• Remove your dog’s leash. Having your dog on a leash when confronting an off-leash dog can be a recipe for trouble - your dog may feel the need to protect you or vulnerable and fearful. Tugging on the leash puts your dog at a disadvantage with other dogs. It is restrained but placed in a chest-out, raised-up, aggressive pose that can cause the off-leash dog to feel threatened by the overall situation.
• Before you open the inner gate, check to be sure that the inner gate area is not congested with excited dogs waiting to pounce on your pup or trying to get out as you enter.
• Pay close attention to the receptions from the dogs already inside the park area – is it favorable or not? If the dogs already inside aren’t friendly, put the leash back on your dog and remove it from the area until the park is less congested.
• Open the inner gate to the appropriate side of the park. Enter the off-leash area with your dog, then close the inner gate properly behind you and move your dog away from the entrance area.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON HOW TO EXIT THE BARK PARK

• Before you open the inner gate, please check to be sure that the outer gate is properly closed and that any other dogs aren’t trying to leave with you.
• Open the inner gate and enter the vestibule with your dog, then close the inner gate properly behind you and ensure that the latch is in the downward position.
• Put the leash securely on your dog then open the outer gate by pushing the button to the right of the gate and exit from the vestibule with your dog. Please note that you must use this button to exit the Park. If you become locked in the Park, Check the code and exit via the maintenance gates. Or, seek help from either another member in the Park or call (215) 672-1000 and ask the Police Department for assistance.
• Close the outer gate behind you and please be sure that it is properly secured. The latch is electronic and should lock on its own, once it has been closed.

 

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