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There is an increasing issue of members of the Dog Park not cleaning up after their animals. When the Sequim Dog Park Pals and local citizens proposed the idea of the Dog Park, your group assured the Citizens Park Advisory Board that you would be “self policing” of Park users.
Dog parks give dogs an opportunity to socialize with other humans.
Dog parks give dogs an opportunity to socialize with other dogs.
Dog parks allow dogs to get strenuous exercise, something not easy to do in an on-leash situation.
Dog parks have a positive effect on their owners
A growing number of dog owners take their pets with them when traveling.
According to a national
survey, nearly all pet owners say companionship, love,
company and affection are the number one benefits to owning
a pet. Fifty-nine percent say pets are good for their health
and the health of their family and help them relax. Forty
percent say that owning a dog motivates them to exercise on
a regular basis. It is universally agreed that pet owners
are health conscious, like to look their best, like to
exercise with their pet, are happy and maintain a well
The benefits of allowing dogs access to public
open space are not self-evident and warrant closer examination. It
is important to understand that they apply not only to dogs and
their owners but also to the wider community as well as to those
responsible for urban animal management.
That dog owners are as
legitimate as any other special interest group, and that
their needs should be taken as an integral part of the
city's decision making process.
That integrating dog activities with other park users allows for a more efficient and equitable distribution of resources, whereas separation and restrictions concentrate potential conflicts into isolated areas, increasing the likelihood of overuse.
That dogs allowed to exercise off-leash - running with other dogs, catching a ball, chasing a Frisbee, or working at obedience training - are happier and healthier dogs.
That exercised dogs make better next door neighbors than under-exercised dogs. Puppies and dogs that get enough exercise through vigorous play are less likely to create a nuisance, bark excessively, destroy property, or learn anti-social behavior.
That in an era when people are often reluctant or afraid to approach or converse with a stranger, off-leash exercise areas bring people together and create a greater sense of community.
That unduly restrictive access policies are inequitable and likely to be counterproductive in managing conflicts between law enforcement and the large number of citizens who own dogs. Further, punitive leash laws generally result in non-compliance. If dog owners perceive an ordinance to be harsh or unfair, it may elicit a defiant rather than a compliant response. On the other hand, if dog owners understand the reasons for restrictions relating to access and accept them as reasonable, they will be more likely to comply voluntarily.
Website Last Updated: October 7, 2010
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