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Establishing a Dog Park in Your Community
by Kristin Nichols | October 14, 2014
There are safe, legal and enclosed dog parks all throughout the United States, allowing well-behaved puppies and dogs to play together off-leash. However, not all communities offer these safe places for dogs to play. Many people, like yourself, are working to establish a dog park within their community, not only benefiting their own pets, but all the other dogs in their area.
Benefits to Dog Parks
- Enclosed place for puppies and dogs to play safely
- Prevents off-leash dogs from being bothersome to other community residents and park users such as joggers, small children, and those who may be fearful of dogs.
- Presence of dogs and their owners help to deter crime and act as a form of neighborhood watch
- Dogs who are able to get exercise at parks are happier and healthier
- Dogs and puppies who are exercised at dog parks are less likely to be a nuisance, bark excessively, destroy property, jump on passers-by, etc.
- Dogs help to “break the ice” and bring people together, creating a greater sense of community
How To Establish A Successful Dog Park In Your Community
- Contact neighborhood dog owners and dog-related clubs, associations, and organizations in your area. Distribute notices with relevant dog run information.
- Organize community residents to contact your community representatives, parks department officials and media, favoring the idea of establishing a dog park in your area, and asking for their support.
- Write and e-mail all local newspapers with several reasons that a dog run will benefit your community.
- Turn to local veterinarians and community leaders for endorsements.
- Encourage others in the community who support the idea of a dog park to attend community board and community affairs meetings for approval.
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