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 and our membership application and liability waiver. 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.
Want to become a member?
Members must fill out our membership application and waiver, acknowledge both our dog park rules and Pat Miller's article on dog park etiquette, present vaccination records from your veterinarian and copies of dog licenses, and choose one of our subscription plans. Day passes are available as well.
Activation: Monthly and annual passes activate and expire on the first and last days of the month, respectively. New members joining mid-month will be charged a pro-rated fee for the current month plus the standard rate for the following month.
Late renewal fee: Those renewing their monthly or annual passes after the end of the month (e.g. renewing for August after July 31st) are subject to a $5 late renewal fee.
Access Cards: A $15 refundable deposit is required for your access card. Day pass customers will be required to leave a credit card on hold for the duration of their stay.
Monthly: $15, $20, $25 (for one, two, or three dogs)
Annual: 20% off the monthly rate
Day Passes: $4, $6, $8
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 our professional dog training service, Muttley Manners, for help.
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.
Dominant, territorial, and antisocial behavior: 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 ‘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, or we will not tolerate your presence. Again, Muttley Manners is happy to help all dog owners in need.
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.
Fetch: Please be advised that fetching can cause issues in a crowded dog park. This is especially true if your dog has ‘favorite’ toys that he may become possessive over. Do not expect other members to stay clear of your fetch game. Please limit fetch to less busy times in the park.
Fights: Fights will happen in the dog park. Do not reach into fights. Distract, separate, and remove the dogs.
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