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Thread: What Makes a Cool Community for Pooches?

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    Default What Makes a Cool Community for Pooches?

    Hi Cool Pooch Loving Folk ..

    I need some HELP!

    I recently wrote to my local council in regards to the woeful lack of facilities or provisions for pooches in my town (off-leash parks, off-leash beach areas etc etc). I wrote this ages ago, and I don't normally 'whinge' to council, it's just I felt it was a matter that 'could' be addressed.

    Some 2 months later and they want me to come in and talk to them about what to do?

    Ok, so I have a pretty good idea of what I can talk about, but felt that maybe you guys might have some extra tips about what to cover when it comes to how a really pooch loving community happens? Perhaps you have awesome facilities in your town, or maybe some other relevant ideas which might help me? Even something out of the square? I'm practical but perhaps I can instigate something here if i have some good ideas ...

    Would LOVE your help,
    kindly, SH, Lola n' Zep

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    I'm so envious of the Victorians that live near Kepala Park. I'd love somewhere like that to take my dogs. If the off leash parks you're proposing are fenced and have an area for small dogs and an area for bigger dogs that'd be ideal.

    Maybe you could propose a council leaflet drop about responsible pet ownership?

    The thing I'd like more than anything though is for rangers to actually do something about off lead and roaming dogs in my area. I'm sick of having to cross busy roads to avoid them and I'm sick of them ****ting in my garden.

    Good on you for getting involved. I hope you live in my area

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    I would love an enclosed off leash area with benches for the "owners" to sit at, and possibly even a BBQ or two so activities can be planned there.

    In a really cool world, that park would also have a splash pool for the dogs to run around in.

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    1. clean dog beaches that are fenced in - like the beach at brighton
    2. fenced areas for dogs - separated into small dog and large dog areas

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    Yeah...fenced areas.

    We have none of them here in Newcastle. Most of the offleash areas are next to busy roads or our storm water drain

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    I would want fenced, small, large areas, shade and benches, BBq and splash pool.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    I want ours to be about twice as big as it is, and to have no weeds or prickles that make dogs itchy or require expensive trips to vet to remove. If the space is smaller than a cricket oval it gets boring quick and there isn't enough room for dogs that don't like each other to get away from each other.

    Good to have area that is fenced for smaller dogs. I'm not so keen on benches to sit on because owners stop taking responsibility for their dogs. If there must be benches - ones without slats are better because they don't grab dogs feet.

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    Not all owners are well enough or perhaps limber enough to sit on grass so I do feel benches are a good idea.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    I think fenced off leash areas are a must, with a kind of double gate to go in and out of - so you go through the first one, shut it, then go through a second one to get into the area itself. I've never seen them here, but I've seen them on overseas programs and I think they are a fantastic idea, it means dogs can't bolt out when the gate is opened.

    I'd also add a poo bin with bags, so that people can clean up their dogs' messes. And a tap of some kind for water. I wouldn't let my dogs use a communal bowl, last year I had to warn several clients in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs there was a nutter running around putting anti freeze in the dogs communal water bowls. Sadly a couple of dogs died I believe.

    Oh and some shady areas for people and dogs - if it's a hot day neither humans or dogs will want to be standing in full sun.

    I am amazed that a council has actually approached someone about dog friendly areas, I am very impressed!

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    There's one doggy owner where we walk who brings one of those walker things with a seat on it. Works for her and me. I wouldn't sit on the grass in any of our dog parks. Blech. Hadn't really thought about what less able people do with regards dog walking. I knew another old lady who had a go-fer scooter and she took her dogs to the (unfenced) park on that.

    I'm not 100% sure about the fences either (except for separating the big dogs from the little ones where necessary). Again - it means owners pay less attention. I guess if there are busy roads nearby it would be important to have good fences there, but even in the fenced areas dogs are supposed to be "under effective control" eg come when called. Are we trashing that idea when we have good fences - because that's been my experience in dog parks.

    I guess it would be really cool to have a doggy monitor to evict irresponsible owners and their dogs - though the doggy people themselves do a fair job of it.

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