A dog park is a public park, often located within an existing park. As the name implies
a dog park offers dogs an off-leash play area where their humans can enjoy a
park-like setting & the opportunity to socialize.
Dog parks offer a wealth of benefits to dogs, their humans & the community as a whole.
An enclosed, off leash play area allows dogs to exercise safely. For example there is no risk of running onto a busy road or interfering with & possibly intimidating people who are not comfortable around dogs.
A daily walk is usually not enough for a dog to work off energy. In a dog park they can run, play fetch or tug & interact with other dogs. This allows them to be more relaxed at home & potentially less destructive due to anxiety or boredom.
An off-leash dog park allows a dog to become ‘socialized’; meaning that the dog sees other dogs & people as friends to play with instead of a threat. A well socialized dog is less likely to be over-protective of its human.
Dog parks are also a good way for owners to meet other people with common interests. The love people share for their dogs can help foster a sense of community. Park users also benefit from the opportunity to ask questions of other owners & find solutions to problems they might be having with their dog.
It is important to say that while at the dog park, you should always keep your dog supervised just as you would a small child. While generally they provide a safe environment, there can be issues. But overall a well maintained off leash dog park is simply a great idea. Do you have one near you?
CEO Olivia ❤