Comment 86767

By DowntownInHamilton (registered) | Posted February 26, 2013 at 07:01:35

Just wondering: is that area an off-leash zone or no? I know that the city has just recently converted some parks and walking areas into off-leash areas, and was wondering if this had happened there. I would hope not as that's not a great area for a dog to be uncontrolled.

We take our dog on a leash everywhere, except when at a fenced-in area that is an off-leash area, or, on some weekends, at fenced in green spaces at a school. If we see another dog owner there, we will put the leash on, approach, and see if their dog is OK with our dog, and if so, let them run together. Dogs are pack animals and need to run and play with some of their fellow dogs every once in a while. The key is to find the right places.

Sidenote: I totally agree with ViennaCafe's comment about the current sad state of dog parks. The one nearest our house, on Dundurn, is a muddy mess this time of year and we can't take the dog there without having to hose her off once we get home. If there was some space with a mix of grass, gravel/concrete walking paths, and maybe some of that mulch-like stuff they use at playgrounds, it would be a bit better. That, and some stuff to take the dogs through (small plastic tunnel, zig-zag cones, maybe a nice area to throw a ball, that kind of thing). Maybe somewhere for the owners to sit while the dogs run? Maybe adequate lighting at night? Maybe a fully fenced-in area so the dogs don't run out of the park?

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