In an age where people are becoming more isolated within their homes, and where we talk more through our keyboards than our vocal chords, it has become all the more important to hang on to whatever sense of community that we have left.

A dog park can help, however fulfillment of a number of factors is required in order to ensure a park’s survival. The tips on this page provide some guidelines and some advice that is all too often ignored. Finally, remember, a dog park is about more than individuals, it is about community. A dog park provides owners with a space in their day to relax… and their dogs with the space to have fun. But fun to a dog often involves noise, while a successful environment comprises many communities.

Search for a Dog Park in Your Area

Exercising a dog is a daily concern for dog owners. One of the most popular ways dog owners do this is by taking their dog to the dog park. Whether you have lived in an area for years, are new to a neighborhood or are on vacation, finding the locations of dog parks near you will help ensure that your dog receives enough exercise.

First and Foremost…
It is the responsibility of each individual dog owner to ensure that their dogs are properly trained, under voice command and fully capable of passive interaction with other dogs. A dog’s behavior is a direct reflection of their owners training and ability to control. Poorly trained dogs are not received well in dog parks!

Next…
Ensure that all owners pick up after their dogs. Clearly, it is impossible to watch your dog all the time, however in our experience, responsible owners are never upset by having a fellow owner point out a missed pile. And remember, when problems with non-dog owners arise, health risk to other park users is one of the first items on their list.

Finally…
Set up an informal committee to prevent degradation of facilities offered by the park. Routine checks, repairs and maintenance go a long way to counteract any negative comment by non-owners in the community. Share the workload equally among the committee’s members to prevent park maintenance from becoming a chore for just a few.

Successful Coexistence
Clearly, not everyone is a dog owner or lover, therefore successful coexistence must require a good level of understanding and consideration for lovers and non-lovers alike. In our experience, differences of opinion often get out of hand rather quickly, while resolution sometimes involves the city council. Then, the park is shut down or hours restricted. Prevention is usually much better than the cure, but it does require adult attitudes on both sides!