- Provides a safe place
for dogs - A dog park is a
safe place for dogs to run off-lease without the concern of being hit by a car
or other hazard.
- Dogs need to run to
stay healthy – Not many people
can run with their dogs on a leash. Veterinarians tell us it’s important for
- Enhances community
safety – dogs who have the
opportunity to use dog parks become better socialized (more familiar and
friendly with other dogs and people) thereby raising community safety in
- Encourages by-law
enforcement – for municipalities
with by-laws requiring dogs to be leashed, an off-leash area encourages
compliance by providing a legal alternative.
complaints –Well-exercised dogs
are better neighbours who are less likely to create a nuisance, bark excessively
and destroy property.
- Social opportunity
for dog owners - Dog parks are a
great place for owners to meet other people with common interests. The love
people share for their dogs reaches beyond economic and social barriers and
helps to foster a sense of community.
- Peer advice for dog
behaviour - Dog owners can also
benefit from the advice and peer support re: problems they might have with their
crime – The presence of
owners and their dogs within a park may help to deter crime and vandalism in
wildlife – Exercised dogs are
less likely to search out wildlife to chase.
- Importance to
seniors & disabled - the use of
off-leash parks offers not only a social avenue, but also a safer way for those
with mobility problems who find it very difficult to walk, much less exercise, a
dog on lead.
- A positive
amenity for those considering a move to Gravenhurst – Canadians love
their pets and pets are now being recognized for their physical and mental
health benefits to their owners in addition to their traditional role as
companions. Having a dog park will add to Gravenhurst’s list of attractions for
those considering a move to the area.
dogs provide a measure of security, both perceived and real, to single women and
elderly or handicapped persons who most often fall victim to crime in
draw for people to visit the Town –
other municipalities report that their dog parks are a draw for people to come
to visit their town, and often these visits mean engaging in other activities
while they are here.
– Staff members at Gravenhurst Veterinary Services are repeatedly asked by
cottagers and visitors for the location of the local dog
- A popular park space for
municipalities – Due to the incredible public response to dog parks, over 40 other
Ontario municipalities have at least one dog park within their jurisdictions,
many have multiple parks. Our neighbours to the south Orillia (and apparently
Midland as well) are currently building their second dog