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  • DO HOMESCHOOLED DOGS NEED THIS?

    Filed at 6:09 am under by dcobranchi

    In my local paper this a.m.:

    Merit: For a committee of Fayetteville dog lovers and for the Fayetteville-Cumberland County Parks and Recreation Department, which have nearly completed work on the city’s first dog park.

    The committee raised about $20,000 toward the project, which will fence in a large area where dog owners can let their pets run free for exercise and socialization.

    5 Responses to “DO HOMESCHOOLED DOGS NEED THIS?”


    Comment by
    Nance Confer
    August 16th, 2008
    at 9:45 am

    It’s not the dogs that are the problem. It’s the stupid owners.

    If you are having a dog-get-together at the local park, and there isn’t a $20,000 fence to keep your dog away from the kids, keep the frigging leash on the dog if he won’t stay with you.

    $20,000 seems a bit steep but maybe dog owners are just not capable of keeping their animals where they should be.

    Which is away from me and the toddlers.

    Nance


    Comment by
    Karen
    August 16th, 2008
    at 10:58 am

    It’s also about keeping the kids away from playing dogs. I could say the same about parents keeping their toddlers away from my on leash dogs as well, Nance – again, it’s the not so responsible person looking after them.

    Dogs’ play usually involves lots of running, bumping and wrestling. Not something you want small children in the middle of. The point of a fenced dog park let them run and play.

    $20,000 for dog owners to play is cheaper than the price of many playgrounds, and a lot cheaper than the skate parks. I bet it’s cheaper than basketball courts or tennis courts too. Dog owners are community members too, and this is just another recreation option for park use.

    There are also benefits for the other users of a park as the regulars at dog parks are pretty big on self policing the dog park area. That means clean up and off leash dogs outside the area. Dog owners will also reduce use of other parks in favor of a local dog park.

    That said, I got myself in trouble as an ed major by pointing out that what we call socialization in our schools doesn’t fly in dog training. There is the dog socialization that goes on in class – most dogs just don’t get to spend much time with other dogs and it often does cause behavioral issues. Then there is the other critical part- getting your dog out into the community for a wide variety of experiences.

    Schools forget about that latter part, while most homeschoolers cover both parts really well. My puppies get their people socialization at homeschool events. 🙂 I still use a dog park for doggie socialization though. I know how hard even small dogs playing can barrel into someone.


    Comment by
    Nance Confer
    August 16th, 2008
    at 12:11 pm

    You sound like the kind of dog owner we could use more of around here.

    It’s $20,000 well spent if it makes it safe and pleasant for all of us to enjoy the park.

    Nance


    Comment by
    Karen
    August 16th, 2008
    at 2:45 pm

    Thanks.

    We’re trying to privately raise $34K for fencing for 3 acre dog park here. If it gets raised, the town will let it be put into one of the parks, in an area which has problems with illegal activities. I suspect that had the city just footed the cost of the fence a few years ago, they’d have already made back the money on reduced patrols.

    To put the fencing into perspective, the park we’re trying to get this into is undergoing a $6.5 million dollar renovation. The new playground is going to cost $2 million. I expect the skate park will be on par with the one in the next town over which is getting $100K in state aid. The horseshoe and bocce courts will cost more than the dog park fencing and will probably see less use.


    Comment by
    COD
    August 16th, 2008
    at 7:09 pm

    This is the best dog park anywhere.
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