Leaving a bag of crap out in public is what we call a Dick Move.
Leaving a bag of crap out in public is what we call a Dick Move. (David R. Jennings / Staff Photographer)

Dogs and open space

• Not sure if your dog must be leashed? Check bit.ly/dog-regs to find out.

• To be off-leash, dog owners must be certified with a Voice and Sight Tag. Find out more at bit.ly/1SEiZOz.

• Your dog must not be aggressive towards other people or dogs.

• It is illegal for dogs to chase wildlife or livestock.

• You must pick up after your dog — don't leave it by the trail and pick it up later.

• All dogs older than 4 months must be licensed. Visit bit.ly/dog-licensing for more info.

If there's one thing Coloradans love, it's marijuana. If there's two things, it's marijuana and dogs. And maybe hiking. But this is an article about dogs.

Dogs usually have four legs and a tail and ears and are super cute and are better than human companions in almost every way. Fact. (Editor's note: Not a fact. Actually an opinion.)

Dogs are everywhere in Boulder due to the aforementioned fact (Editor's note: Again, that was an opinion, not a fact.) that they are better than people.

CU Boulder does not allow dogs in dorms unless they are service animals. So if you like to have dogs around, that sucks for you. If you have serious doubts that your roommate, who seemingly cannot Wash. One. Fucking. Dish. is capable of caring for another living thing, then this is probably good news for you.


Anyways, there are a lot of rules about having dogs in Boulder, and if you are planning on having a canine bestie off-campus or acquiring one in the future, here's some of what you should know.

Get that bitch a license. Bitches love licenses.

To keep tabs on pets in the community, the city requires that all dogs older than 4 months who call Boulder their home must be licensed. You have 30 days after you move to Boulder to get your pooch licensed (or 30 days after you get your pooch, if you're getting him or her here), and dogs need to wear their license tag at all times to help city officials reunite your dog with you if he or she gets lost.

First step of dog acquisition: Get that bitch a license. Bitches love licenses.
First step of dog acquisition: Get that bitch a license. Bitches love licenses. (Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer)

Getting a license is pretty simple. Your dog must have a current rabies vaccination, and while you're at the vet's office, you can purchase your license, too. You can also mail in a license registration form found on the city's website. For a spayed or neutered dog, a license for one year is $15.

If your pets are still, er, intact, it'll cost you a bit more: $30 for one year.

For more information on licensing, visit bit.ly/dog-licensing.

Go Green (Tags)

Boulder's voice and sight tag program, more commonly known as the green tag program, allows pet owners to walk their dogs off leash by meeting certain standards. Owners must watch a video about voice and sight control, register with the city's open space and mountain parks department and purchase the tags, which cost $13 for Boulder residents and $33 for people who live in Boulder County but not within city limits. Non-Boulder County residents are going to have to shell out $75, but I mean, you moved to Boulder. What did you expect? Renewal fees are a little bit cheaper.

To purchase tags, make sure your dog has an up-to-date rabies vaccination and you have proof of that vaccination.

Keep in mind, though, that not all city and county parks allow dogs to be off leash. Some don't even allow dogs at all.

If you're going to take your pooch out in Boulder, he or she cannot be aggressive toward other people or dogs, according to the city's website, and you must pick up your dog's poop immediately. Don't be a doggie doo-doo derelict. No one likes those people.

For dog regulations in specific areas and trails, check out Bouldercolorado.gov/osmp/dog-regulations-by-area.

Dog parks

Boulder has four dog parks where you can take your pup to play. All city ordinances about dogs are enforced, and you must have your dog on a leash as you approach and exit the dog park.

Boulder dog parks are free and open from dusk to dawn.

The parks are: East Boulder Dog Park, Foothills Dog Park, Howard Heuston Dog Park and Valmont Dog Park. Remember: Dogs aren't allowed on Pearl Street Mall, leashed or not.

Scott Carpenter Pool also turns into a dog park for two weeks in September for Dog Days (Sept. 14 - 27). At the end of the swimming season, city officials close the pool to humans and let dogs swim. As it should always be.

You can also take your dog to the south shore of the Boulder Reservoir during off-season, which is Labor Day to May 15.

Don't be a dick dog owner

Aside from cleaning up after your dog when you're out and about, veterinarian Stacey Adams of Boulder's Natural Animal Veterinary Hospital said you should teach your dog some manners before ever leaving the house.

Make sure your dog comes when called, she said, and if you're not sure how they will behave off-leash, keep them leashed.

If you're hiking, be wary of wild animals and dangerous critters like rattlesnakes. For humans, always ask before approaching or petting another person's dog. On the flip side, if your dog is aggressive, warn passersby or take your dog to obedience classes, Adams said.

If your female dog is in heat, the city's website kindly asks that you leave her at home (out of respect for the other dogs, of course).

Karen Antonacci: twitter.com/ktonacci