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    Default Seeing the end of off lead dog parks in my area.

    Hi I am a dog walker.

    I like to take my dogs to off lead dog parks to be social.

    I notice that many of them are built on land that no one else wants (deep rubbish tips etc) but I have also found recently the councils making ridiculous rules that severely affect the off lead park usages.

    One park used to be an off lead dog haven. Then they restricted it so that you could not walk dogs Monday to Friday, between 8-10 am and 3-5 pm. In theory this is because small children wanted to use the park as a short cut to get to school. NOW they have the same hours on weekends!?! NO valid reason - all it does is stop the people who give their dog one or two walks on the weekend (ie don't or cant walk them during the week) .

    Another parks forbids dogs in the specific off lead dog park area on weekends in total. For all the summer months.

    My main concern about this trend is that it is just accepted. and will increase. Dogs rarely get walked enough and this will not encourage further walking. many people are lazy and wont drive an extra ten minutes if they cant go off lead at their local park. It is a shame that our councils no longer see any benefits in dogs and are just going the safety (insurance premium wise) options.

    Do any of you find a similar thing happening in your area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LovelyDog View Post
    Hi I am a dog walker.

    I like to take my dogs to off lead dog parks to be social.

    I notice that many of them are built on land that no one else wants (deep rubbish tips etc) but I have also found recently the councils making ridiculous rules that severely affect the off lead park usages.

    One park used to be an off lead dog haven. Then they restricted it so that you could not walk dogs Monday to Friday, between 8-10 am and 3-5 pm. In theory this is because small children wanted to use the park as a short cut to get to school. NOW they have the same hours on weekends!?! NO valid reason - all it does is stop the people who give their dog one or two walks on the weekend (ie don't or cant walk them during the week) .

    Another parks forbids dogs in the specific off lead dog park area on weekends in total. For all the summer months.

    My main concern about this trend is that it is just accepted. and will increase. Dogs rarely get walked enough and this will not encourage further walking. many people are lazy and wont drive an extra ten minutes if they cant go off lead at their local park. It is a shame that our councils no longer see any benefits in dogs and are just going the safety (insurance premium wise) options.

    Do any of you find a similar thing happening in your area?
    My area doesn't even have off lead parks

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    Cruickshank park?

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    The dumbest off lead hours I've ever seen at a park was 11pm to 7am, at a park near Frenchs Forest, Sydney. You don't want your dog off lead in the dark - cos if it craps - you can't find it.

    I only ever saw that park being used for dog walking - and a bit of surfing on a very soggy concrete cricket pitch, and there was 100% non-compliance among the dog walkers. Ie lots of dog walkers in the daylight - not one dog on lead. And they were pretty good about picking up after their pooches. There was loads of crap still out there, and I figure - that was the after dark dogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mymatejack View Post
    Cruickshank park?
    Yes, but these restrictions are now happening at a few other parks in Melbourne.
    Bruce is a "dog walker in inner west Melbourne" & sells "Healthy Dog treats." My dog Archie approves of these things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LovelyDog View Post
    Yes, but these restrictions are now happening at a few other parks in Melbourne.
    I believe that the off leash hours have applied to weekends for many years now? Although like you I can understand the weekday restrictions with kids coming and going from school, I guess they like to keep it as a park for all, so those who wish to use the park without dogs coming up to say hello have certain hours to do so. I don't go there much as a I prefer the beach, but I think Cruickshank park is an awesome dog park with a pretty good standard of dog owners. I can't say i'm aware of many other dog parks in the area ... I'm always interested in hearing about others though, especially one's that don't have any snake risk during the warmer months?

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    I wonder what the fall out will be, from such closures.
    For a lot of dogs, this is their only socialising outlet off leash.

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    i have none near me so i use a well fenced paddock and i asked the owners if i could use it he loves seeing the dogs play he even lets our horses use it too what a nice man too
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    The park near my mother is an off lead park. They have a fenced enclosure with play equipment for small children to play. Everybody seems to coexist with kids, dogs and sports on the weekend without any apparent problems. The locals soon tune anyone that puts this harmony in jeopardy.

    I am glad I live on a farm although snake season is a challenge.

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    Lol fun fact there are over 70 breeds of poisons snakes here in australia but only 20 can kill you lol
    lol I live on an acre and a bit but I walk up to my local country club and they love dogs up there they leave out buckets of water for the dogs To use and we love it up there best thing is there's a big fenced yard a cross the road it's open to every one and its so green lol
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