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The Eastham Dog Owners' Association Board of Directors and Officers currently have no position on this issue.  Some thought it would be nice to have a dog park.  Others feared that it might lead to an erosion of access to other public recreation areas.

See the results of the EDOA Dog Park Survey of members taken in 2013.

Dog Park Pro and Con List from the Association of Dog Pet Trainers:

 

Dog Park Pros and Cons

The Association of Pet Dog Trainers is an organization that was created to educate its members, the public, and other pet-care related industries in the proper management of pet dogs.  A dog park can be an asset or a detriment to a community. The goal of this document is to provide, in outline format, a compilation of the advantages, disadvantages, and things to think about for communities and/or the individuals to consider regarding dog park development.

Advantages:

        Dog Socialization Advantages

         Excellent source of dog-dog social interaction

         Excellent source of dog-people social interaction

        People Socialization Advantages

         Excellent source of people-people social interaction

      Dog-oriented people can meet and interact

      Doggy play dates can be arranged

        Physical and Mental Stimulation Advantages

         Excellent source of off-leash exercise for active dogs

      Dog parks allow dogs to get adequate physical and mental exercise, thereby lessening destructive and annoying behaviors in general which can benefit society as a whole

        Educational Advantages

         Good opportunity for owners to learn about dogs through observation and provides the opportunity to learn from more experienced owners

         Opportunity for well-mannered-dog advocates to demonstrate how they turned their dog into a well-mannered dog

        Community Advantages

         Dog parks which are designed for dogs only, lessen the chance of owners letting their dogs off-leash in on-leash parks

         No cars, rollerbladers, skateboarders, bikes, etc. likely to be encountered

         More likely to encounter people who enjoy dogs

         Could provide location for community dog activities

Disadvantages:

        For People

         Potential of danger from aggressive dogs

         Potential of danger of physical injury from dog-related hazards

         Potential of lawsuits arising from dog fights

         Potential for parasites

        For Dogs

         Potential of danger from aggressive dogs

         Intact dogs may create problems

         Potential for parasites and disease

         Potential for lack of impulse control and over-excitement

         Not appropriate for small and large dogs at the same time

         Potential for injury

        For the Community

         Some people will not understand the concept and will abuse the park

      Won’t pick up after their dog

      May leave dog unattended

      Allow their dog to indulge in inappropriate behavior

         Some people will not be educated enough about their dogs to know if a dog park is appropriate for their dog

         Potential for noise

         Potential liability issues

Things to consider:

        City, County or Municipality Sponsored Park

         Responsible Pet Ownership – Who will maintain the park?

      Will maintenance cost more than for other community parks?

         Will there be rules and regulations?

      Will there be any type of overseer or park personnel to enforce regulations

         Is there the possibility of a core group of volunteers who will maintain the park and enforce rules & regulations?

        Private Park

         Knowledgeable person/business could charge for admission and establish rules and regulations

        Small Dogs

         Separate hours exclusively for dogs under 20 lbs.

         A separate, fenced area of the park for dogs under 20 lbs

        Costs

         A city, county or municipality sponsored park could have special interest areas dedicated to dogs as is now done with soccer fields, swimming pools or tennis courts

         The park could charge a nominal fee to take care of maintenance costs

        Consider having parks monitored by a core group of park goers to save the city funds 

        Physical design also plays a big part. Separating big dogs from little and providing several gathering spots for humans (tables, shelters etc) and visual barriers helps direct the flow of the dogs. 

        A written and posted set of rules with an 'if....then you must leave' clause is important

        Bringing treats or toys into a park can result in problems (Some dogs will attempt to protect valued resources.  An owner with treats or toys can be a very valuable resource so fights could occur over such objects of desire)

 

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