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DOG PARKS FOR DOG LOVERS
If you’re like a lot of dog owners, you enjoy taking your dog to an off leash dog park where they can socialize and make new friends. Dog parks are very popular in our area. They range in size and design but they all share the same principle –to provide a place where dogs can run freely off leash and socialize with otherd ogs. It is important that dogs who attend these parks be under voice command and have a current rabies tag on display.
Here is somehelpful information regarding who should and shouldn’t use dog parks:
· Physical and mental exercise for your dog
· Opportunitiesto maintain their social skills
· Fun for pet parents as well
· Health risks to your dog
· A new environment like this could stress out very young dogs
· People problems when dog owners disagree over your pet’s behavior
Who Benefits Most from Dog Parks?
· Young dogs
· Healthy dogs
· Altered dogs
Who Is Not An Ideal Candidate?
· Unvaccinated puppies
· Females in heat and unneutered males
· Undersocialized, fearful, anxious or aggressive dogs
Ideal Dog Park Features
· Enough space for normal interaction
· Secure fencing and gates
· Cleanup stations
· Water and shelter
· A separate area for small dogs
· Agility equipment
Here are several dog parks you can check out with your pup:
Chattapoochee Dog Park – 4291 Rogers Bridge Road, Duluth
Chattapoochee offers separate areas for small and large breeds. They have doggie sprinkler sfor cooling off and an obstacle course for extra fun!
Ronald Reagan Park – 2777 Five Forks Trickum Road, Lawrenceville
Ronald Reagan has 3 enclosures and a separate dog run. There is some agility equipment, doggie water fountains and shaded area for you and your dog to cool off.
Lenora Park– 4515 Lenora Church Road, Snellville
Lenora Park has 3 areas: one for large dogs, one for small dogs and one for all dogs. There are benches, water fountains and agility equipment also.
Rabbit Hill Park – 400 Rabbit Hill Road, Dacula
Rabbit Hill has lots of trees, shade and obstacles. Separate area for large and small dogs as well as another area just for running. Sitting space for owners in and out of the sun.
Settles Bridge Park – 380 Johnson Road, Suwanee
Settles Bridge has 3 separate fenced area for small dogs, large dogs and a long dog run. Water, agility equipment and covered benches are provided. There are also several paved and unpaved trails for leashed walks.
All of thesep arks are part of the Gwinnett County Park system. To get the complete Dog Park rules go to www.gwinnettparks.com.
And don’t forget – it’s your “doodie” to pick up after your pet!!!
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