AHS - Dog Parks & Their Benefits

Dog Parks and Their Benefits The Humane Society of the United States: A dog park is a designated public area where dogs can safely and legally socialize, play, and exercise off-leash. Since the 1970's, many dog parks have been established across the United States. They are becoming increasingly popular thanks to responsible pet owners and community agencies and officials who realize their important role in improving not only the quality of life for dogs, but for all of us. How does a dog park work? A dog park is usually supervised by an association of dog owners whose members can exert peer pressure to enforce the rules of the dog park. The dog park group monitors the park’s use, cleans up, raises funds for amenities, and serves as communications liaison with the city, neighborhood, and dog owners. In some cases, the core dog owner’s group may raise the funds necessary to build the fence, supply pooper scoopers, post signs, etc. However, funding may come from a corporate sponsorship or from the park department, and the government agency providing the land may provide trash containers and pickup, benches, water fountains, and maintenance of the grass. Some dog parks charge a usage or permit fee. How do dogs benefit? In the past the hunting, herding, and guarding roles of dogs provided opportunities for companionship with other dogs and humans, as well as plenty of vigorous exercise. Exercise, in addition to improving the physical health of our dogs, also