Currently Boise City Code requires dogs to be leashed within City Limits, which includes a number of trails and all trailheads in the Camel's Back/Hulls Gulch Reserve and the Military Reserve. Idaho Fish and Game also requires that pets be leashed on trails in the Wildlife Management Area except for hunting dogs during hunting season. To learn more about City of Boise's Dog Off-Leash Parks/Areas visit Boise Parks and Recreation page. There is one Open Space Dog Off Leash Area within a flood retention basin in Military Reserve near the Mountain Cove Road / Shaw Mountain Road intersection. The future of dogs off leash in a growing recreation area like the foothills is not clear, but responsible dog owners can help be part of the solution by following established regulations, always having control over their pets and sharing the need for these practices with other trail users.
The following trails require you to have your dog on-leash at all times (all are clearly signed):
Outside of Boise City limits on public land, dogs can run off leash if they are not disturbing wildlife or causing a safety concern with other trail users. In these "Controlled Off-Leash" areas, dog owners still must carry a leash and waste bag with them, and their dogs should not be further than 30 feet away at any time. Common sense and respect for others will go a long way in keeping this option available to you and your pet.
Now that you're all set to head out and practice your Responsible Dog Owner techniques, here's a few suggestions for you and your dog.
Our Foothills offer unique recreational opportunities for dog owners and their pets. The attached link – collaborated on by the Idaho Fish and Game Department and the Utah Fish and Game Department, provides some useful information for keeping your pet safe while traveling in wildlands throughout the state. Learn more at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/trap.
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