Dog parks become in demand nationwide. The increasing demands of dog parks moved the hearts of the businessman and government to increase the number of dog parks. Urban areas have an increase demand for leash-free dog parks too. Local leash laws become more restrictive and leaders see dog parks as a breathing space for dogs to frolic and be free for a certain time. But studies have shown that there are health risks seen on dogs that visit frequently on dog parks. Residents have also filed complaints concerning noise and other health and safety risks directed to humans. However, a study has also shown the positive effects of dog parks to community. The findings are as follows.
- The dog park is compared to online gaming communities wherein people gather, meet and talk. Pets are considered avatars, and a bond develops between fellow pet lovers and their pets.
- Dog parks enable them to reach out and get information about local veterinarians, pet groomer and stores, as well as referrals to housing and employment. Some owners have shared information and resources with which they can share to others.
- Some relationships don’t end at the park. Sometimes the dog park serves as the means of someone’s relationship to flourish, a deepening bond between regulars outside the dog park.
- Dog owners sometimes are delegated by the local government to serve on committees to help address issues like overpopulation and maintenance.
The study highlights the increase of social interaction and influence outdoor recreation between residents, and how dogs play a role with these studies. The researchers also recommended that local officials should take steps to minimize peer pressure and judgments the park visitors’ experience. One example could be to hold events wherein dog trainers and behaviorist can educate owners regarding dog care, dog grooming at home, and etiquette upon visiting the dog park. Doing so, may improve compliance to laws regarding dogs on communities.