Fenced leash-free dog park for the City of Guelph

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There are no fenced in places to bring our dogs in Guelph. Dog parks provide a great place for dogs and their owners to socialize and get exercise.

Many people are owners of dogs that are unable to let off leash due to a number of reasons; whether it be a puppy who is still training, or a breed in which the instinct to explore is natural. This doesn’t mean that these dogs don’t deserve the socialization and exercise that a fenced leash-free dog park can offer. Dogs that are well-socialized tend to show less aggression and are more relaxed. Plus, fresh air and exercise are key to keeping your dog healthy.

Dog parks don't just benefit the dogs themselves. Pet owners that have had the opportunity to visit a leash free park will tell you that it's a great place to meet other people and to develop friendships and bonds. It also helps people to get outside and encourages them to get some exercise with their dogs.

The community of Guelph could also benefit from a fenced leash-free dog park as well-exercised dogs are unlikely to nuisance bark, as some dogs do when they're bored and have no stimulation. Having a designated dog park also helps to encourage pet owners to use it, thus reducing or minimizing conflicts with other recreational parks.

I am asking the City of Guelph to construct an environment for our pets to exercise and socialize that is safe from traffic and other obstacles. According to the Canadian Animal Health Institute, approximately 41% of Canadian households include at least one dog, and in an animal loving city such as Guelph – I would guess that this percentage, and the number of dogs who could benefit, is even higher.

Please support me in asking the City for a fenced dog park in Guelph.



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