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Proposal to Amendments to Shanganagh Dog Park

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Proposal to Amendments to Shanganagh Dog Park
Issues surrounding Shanganagh Dog Park
1. The current dog park in Shanganagh park is too small for the sheer number of dogs using it, of varying sizes and temperaments. On a number of occasions there have been 25+ dogs in that small area. This amount of dogs forced into an area too small is a recipe for disaster. Fights break out, people get hurt trying to stop them. A larger area with trees and bushes could allow dogs that don't get along to be in the same park but at either end.
2. There is no separate areas for large and small dogs, leaving small dogs in the same area as large dogs which means injuries could occur and small dogs often the worse for it. If there is a separate area for smaller dogs this can be used when required. Currently many spoken with have said they are afraid to use it due to the number of dogs in such a small area and fights breaking out.
3. There is no enrichment in the park - it is just a open area. Dogs being brought here have nothing to stimulate their senses (ie smell, sight, taste, touch) and can become bored and agitated very quickly, meaning fights can break out. Areas to explore, sniff, hide, run through are paramount to a dog's development, it also places obstacles in their way running allowing smaller dogs somewhere to rest when it gets too manic for them. (see point 1)
4. Kids under 16 are using the park with their dogs, often unsupervised, although clearly stated outside that they should not be. Kids under this age are often (and does not necessarily apply to all) unable to sufficiently control their dogs nor do they understand the many facets of dog behaviour. If an issue arose with two dogs a child may be too quick to jump in the ‘save their dog’ resulting in a potentially nasty injury.
5. Families with small children are sitting in the park with their dogs, again even though no children is stated on the sign outside. Again, the potential of serious injury here is significant. Dogs who may not be used to children, or have had bad experiences with children are being put in a position where they will fail. The purpose of a dog park is to let dogs be dogs, the children have a playground at the complete other end of the park.
6. There is no access to water in the park. A large tank or trough placed in the park which people could fill and would also fill from rainwater would help when dogs become overheated very quickly.
On many of the local forums it has been noticed that some park users are having bad experiences with dog owners allowing their dogs off-lead when there is clearly a by-law stating otherwise. This is something that needs to be under control before someone gets hurt.
There is a local requirement for an off-lead area outside the dog park for those who want to ‘walk’ with their dog, not just stand and hope the dogs don't fight. Off-lead areas can be clearly marked and even specific times for off-lead would be advantageous.
This would encourage those who wish to allow their dogs some off-lead time to do so in an area away from children, cyclists, joggers and other dog walks who wish to keep their dogs on lead at all times. A dog that is afraid of other dogs (bad experiences etc) or perhaps a dog owner who is nervous of other dogs off lead can safely utilise the park to walk their dog on lead while some walkers can use the off-lead areas. This works well in the Killiney Hill area where dogs are allowed
off-lead or in Raheny where the dogs may be off lead at specific times. (see point 2). This could ensure the dog warden was not having to waste his time with dog walkers in the park but then they could spend their time actually tackling serious issues such as people who let their dogs wander around Shankill with no supervision and making no effort to clean up after them, people who abuse and
abandon dogs, people who allow their dogs to run riot in the children's play area and bite joggers.
It is important that dogs get regular and proper exercise as dogs who are not given enough physical exercise and mental stimulation can develop behavioural problems and have a build-up of energy and with no means of expending their energy may become too much for their owners and end up in the pound, contributing to the current crisis of dogs in pounds and rescue centres? Not to mention the fact that people would be less likely to rehome dogs if they do not have anywhere suitable to exercise them and that travelling to Killiney is not an option for people without cars since dogs are not allowed on the dart or bus and taxis won't take them? Also travelling to Killiney every day is not a practical solution for people with full time jobs and/or families to look after.
Proposed Changes:
1. An increase to the size of the current dog park is very much needed. If the current area ( red ) could be extended to include the ( blue ) expanded area with a divide for large and small dogs ( green ) with a separate entrance for both.
2. Also the addition of more trees, bushes, seats, and an enrichment area (ie small wooden structures, tyres for climbing, jumping etc) this would go a long way to ensure the continued use of the dog park.
3. Currently many spoken with have said they are afraid to use it due to the number of dogs in such a small area and the potential for fights breaking out.
4. Larger signs stating the all children under 16 are prohibited from the park, including those with adults.
5. Large water tank/trough to catch rainfall for water for the dogs.
Off-Lead Times:
Proposal to have dogs allowed off lead in designated off-lead area only before 11am and after 6pm each day (suggestion). Outside of these times dogs to stay on leads in all park areas. (see point 1 and examples in other county councils)
There are very few bins available within the park areas, both the main park and the fields over the bridge. This makes it difficult for dog walkers, especially those walking multiple dogs, to carry to the ‘next’ bin. I wonder is this the cause of so many dumped poop bags that I see in bushes, hanging off trees etc. There used to be a bin at the entrance to the park from St Anne’s Park estate, which also
merges with the entrance from Castle Farm estate. This bin has been removed which means the next bin, depending on the direction you are walking, is quite a walk away. A bin at the beach entrance would also be useful.
There are a number of other parks in Dublin that currently have these amendments (listed below):
St. Anne's Park, Raheny
In this popular north side park dogs are allowed off leads up to 11.00am each day and for the last hour before the official park closing time . All other times, dogs must be kept on a leash. There is a dedicated ‘Dog Park’ beside the Model Car track, where dogs may be let off the lead at all other times. Dogs love this park as there's over an acre of woodland, hills and undergrowth for them to explore. There is also an enclosed area for all dogs and a separate area for big dogs. The dog park
is located in the Raheny side of St. Anne’s and the entrance is just off the All Saints Road.
Killiney Hill Park, Killiney
This is a real favourite with dog owners as here your dogs can roam free off the leash and there are lots of little paths for your dog to explore . There are walkways from the car park that go in different directions: those on the right take you through a forest to the top of KIlliney hill with a view of the sea and the Dublin mountains. The left-hand side pathways lead through pine trees to the Dalkey quarry where you can view South Dublin. It's a complete dog-walker's delight!
Fingal County Council
During the period 1st June to 31st August in any year persons shall be allowed bring a dog onto, or allow a dog under his or her control to remain on the beach/foreshore.
(i) under adequate personal control, before the hours of 11.00am and after the hours of 6.00pm
(ii) to be on a leash in all Reserved Bathing Areas (as defined in Schedule 2) between the hours of 11.00am and 6.00pm.
Persons are permitted to bring dogs on a beach/foreshore all other days any time of the day during the months of:
January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November, & December.
Persons in charge of a dog on the beach/foreshore shall ensure the following:-
It is on a leash or under adequate control;
It is on leash at all times in SAC and SPA’s – see Schedule 1;
It is not causing annoyance to any person using the beach or worrying, chasing, injuring or disturbing any animals, birds or other creatures on the beach/foreshore; Removal of its faeces and depositing it in a litter bin or other receptacle which may be designated for this purpose as obligated under
Section 22 of the Litter Pollution Act 1997.
The dog/s must be and continue to be under proper control and be effectively restrained from causing annoyance or danger to any person.
The dog/s are permitted on the beach/foreshore only without a leash during the months, days and times (periods of the day) stipulated below:
June, July, August 6.00pm to 11.00am (i.e. after 6.00pm in the evening and before 1.00am in the morning)
Between 11.00am and 6.00pm during these months dogs must be on a leash in Reserved Bathing Areas.
All other days any time of the day during the months of :
January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November, & December.
Green Dog Walkers is a community based campaign that is a non-confrontational, friendly way to change attitudes about dog fouling. Volunteers wear a Green Dog Walkers armband which signifies that they have “taken the pledge” to always:
*Clean up after their dog
*Wear the armband or put the Green Dog Walkers collar on their dog when walking
*Carry extra dog waste bags
*Be happy to be approached to ‘lend’ a dog waste bag to those without
*Be a friendly reminder to other dog walkers to clean up after their dogs.
The green armband acts as a friendly reminder to please pick up after your dog . All you have to do is sign a pledge form which you can download from, sign and return to the Environmental Awareness Section.
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