The Park is Closed Until Further Notice

The Lansing area's premier dog park

Since our inception, Joey's has set out to change the way dogs live. Much of our efforts are focused on educating owners about the benefits of a diet based in quality animal proteins. Diet is a huge part of the equation, no doubt, but it's not everything. Without proper exercise, true health and wellbeing will continue to elude our canines. Dogs were born to run free; enter Joey's Pet Outfitters Dog Park in Williamston, just east of Lansing, Michigan.

At Joey's we are proud to offer the residents of Williamston and Greater Lansing a dog park that is unlike any other. Williamston is a small Mid-Michigan community with a lot to offer in terms of dining, shopping and entertainment. Joey's Dog Park is proud to be a part of the community's lively atmosphere and a sanctuary for both dogs and their owners.

Everything about our dog park is designed to create the ultimate experience for your dogs. Part of that design includes our dog park rules. Please read these carefully before making your first trip. The more dog owners adhere to these guidelines, the better the environment will be for dogs and owners alike.

"Dog Park Etiquette" Article by Pat Miller

Membership is Currently Closed

Attendees for all functions are required to: fill out our membership application and waiver; carefully examine and acknowledge both our dog park rules and Pat Miller's article on dog park etiquette; present vaccination records for distemper (CDV), parvo (CPV-2), adenovirus (CAV-2), and rabies from your veterinarian and copies of dog licenses.

Park Hours

Our automatic gate is programmed to roughly track sunrise and sunset on a month-to-month basis. Please note that the closing times are the latest that you can enter the park. Though you're welcome to remain in the park after the posted closing time for entry, we ask that you please exit the park before dark. Thank you!

Times are as follows:

January 7:45am - 5:30pm February 7:30am - 5:45pm March 7:15am - 6:00pm April 7:00am - 7:30pm

May 6:45am - 8:00pm June 6:15am - 8:30pm July 6:15am - 8:30pm August 6:45am - 8:00pm

September 7:15am - 7:30pm October 7:30am - 6:30pm November 7:30am - 5:30pm December 7:45am - 5:15pm

Preparing for the Dog Park

Leashed dogs vs. unleashed dogs: Leashes should only be used for entering and exiting the park, or for emergencies. Leashed dogs may feel cornered and react defensively.

Off-leash doesn’t equal out-of-control: Just because you can drop the leash, doesn’t mean you can let your dog go nuts. If you don’t have a reasonable level of control over your dog, please consult a professional trainer.

Not all dogs want to play: Herding dogs, in particular, are often focused solely on their owner and their respective ‘job’ (usually fetch). Older, shy, or fearful dogs may also need space. Sure, lots of dogs love to get rowdy, but some simply want a place to cruise off-leash. At our Lansing dog park, we respect this. Please, help accommodate them.

Call off your dog from any situation that may escalate: Also, do not allow yours and other dogs to crowd the entrance to the dog park or trap dogs in the corner areas of the fence. Dogs that feel trapped or cornered can be very dangerous.

If your dog can’t be called off, you don’t have control: You must have control of your dog at all times. Dogs are not to be left to work things out. They are the handler’s responsibility.

Dominant behavior, stealing toys, excessive barking: Jumping on people or dogs, charging, ambushing, stalking, bullying, mounting (humping), and barking incessantly are destructive behaviors. Dogs who consistently behave in this manner often have owners in denial. It’s not 'playing, ‘cute’, or ‘affectionate’.

This behavior is highly likely to cause serious problems at a dog park. Do not tolerate this behavior in your dog, and address it before attending the park. You must also address it right away while at the park, or we will take steps to address it ourselves.

Rough Play: Dogs often love to get rowdy, and just because two dogs are playing rough doesn’t mean there’s a problem. This is true even if the dogs are significantly different in size. However, there are big differences between wrestling and mounting, chasing and stalking, or pouncing and bullying. Growling is also generally normal.

Recognizing play: When dogs play, their movements are, well, playful. Play is generally identified by haphazard, silly movement or behavior. Watch out for overly-visual, predatory behavior. If your dog is ‘locked in’, or persistent despite another dog’s protests or corrections (yes, it’s justifiable for dogs to make fair corrections), then please call your dog away.

Fights: Fights will happen in the dog park. Do not reach into fights. Distract, separate, and remove the dogs.

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