Birch Bay Village Paws-A-While Canine Exercise Area

The Birch Bay Village canine exercise area is open to residents and owners who have registered their dog(s) with the BBV Office or Rec Center. 

It is located adjacent to the sports courts, behind the maintenance shop at the east end of the golf course.

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Registration & Fees


To register your dog(s) download and complete the Paws-A-While Canine Exercise Area Application.  Submit your completed application, current vaccination records and key deposit to either the office or rec center to receive your key.


$50 Refundable Key Deposit


  • Dogs must be up to date on their vaccinations, as required by law and current vaccination record must be on file at the Village office
  • Dog handlers/owners are always legally responsible for the behavior of their dog(s)
  • Dog handlers/owners must be at least 18 years of age
  • Children 5-17 years of age allowed when accompanied by an adult; no children under 5 years of age allowed
  • Dogs must be on a leash when entering and exiting the exercise area
  • Dog handlers/owners must remain inside the exercise area supervising their dog with leash readily available
  • All dog handlers/owners must be in agreement with each other to share the exercise area. Permission to enter the exercise area must be granted by handlers/owners with their dogs(s) already in the park. If permission is denied, please be respectful and return another time.
  • Only 2 dogs per professional dog handler are allowed at a time: Limit 5 dogs in the exercise area at one time.
  • Dog -waste must be cleaned up by their handler/owner immediately and deposited in trash receptacles.
  • Any holes made by your dog(s) must be covered/filled before you leave the exercise area.
  • Exercise area open from dusk to dawn.


For the safety of all the following is NOT Permitted:

  • Glass containers or human food (small dog training treats permitted)
  • Puppies 4 months or younger
  • Grooming of dogs
  • Dogs in heat
  • Aggressive dogs*

                *A reactive dog with their handler/owner may use exercise area.  This information MUST be disclosed and communicated to anyone wishing to  enter the exercise area.