Why do I have to pick up after my dog?

Picking up after your dog, whether on or off-leash is required by Brookline town bylaw, and is punishable by fines and/or removal from the park and the off-leash program. Everyone should bring something with them, such as a bag, for cleaning up, and should pay particular attention when dogs are off-leash. Cleaning up feces is not only the law, it is also the polite, responsible thing to do.

Since all our parks are shared by many users, it is particularly important to remove feces so other users, such as children playing sports or people picnicking, don’t come into contact with these messy, potentially unhealthy remains.

In addition, we ask all users to discard all trash and take other personal items with them when they leave.

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1. How do I register and sign up for the Green Dog Program?
2. Where can I take my dog off-leash and how were the off-leash hours and parks determined?
3. I visited a park during off-leash hours, but the park was closed. Why is this?
4. Why are there no evening off-leash hours?
5. Why doesn’t Brookline have a dog park, so dogs can always be off-leash?
6. Why do I need to license my dog?
7. Why do I need to pay a fee to participate?
8. I visited a park during off-leash hours, but was told my dog had to be on-leash. Why is this?
9. How do I report a violation of off-leash hours or other dog issues?
10. Could off-leash hours or parks change in the future?
11. My usual park is closed for renovations, or due to field conditions. Where can I go with my dog?
12. I’m a dog walker. Can I bring my clients to play and exercise off-leash?
13. Can my friends and visitors bring their dogs to play off-leash in Brookline?
14. Why do I have to pick up after my dog?
15. I saw an aggressive dog in a park. What should I do?
16. What are Green Dog Liaisons?
17. How do I find out more information or make suggestions about the program?