Assigned Dog Area at Park West

Assigned Dog Area at Park West

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Park West advertises itself as a luxury apartment complex that has dog friendly options for its residents. Also, as an apartment complex that caters primarily to university students, there are a large amount of emotional support animals due to the high amount of stress caused by large coursework as well as service animals that aid students with disabilities. Despite advertising itself as dog friendly, however, the residents of park west recently got an email stating that they would no longer be allowed to have their dogs off leash anywhere on property- including the fenced in courtyard that had been previously used to exercise the dogs. In order for a dog to be healthy they must receive at least 1-2 hours of daily activity, in addition to at least 30 minutes of rigorous exercise, more if they are a working breed. If these needs are not met then the animal runs the risk of being unhealthy or developing behavioral problems, a walk around the block is not enough for dogs, especially because it does not provide the socialization and playtime that many dogs require. Due to the busy schedules or disabilities of these students as well as the fact that many of them do not have a vehicle, it cannot be expected of them to take their dogs to the dog park daily, especially because dog parks have the potential to expose dogs to diseases or aggressive dogs.

Since Park West advertises itself as dog friendly, the residents of park west would like to be given the proper means to care for their dogs. We would like to ask that an area of park west be made available for our dogs to run, all we ask for is some sort of grassy, enclosed space for our dogs to run and play. Two good options could be one section of the grassy area in the courtyard or a section of the walking trail that could be fenced up for the dogs to play in. While this is set up, we ask that we be allowed to let our dogs off leash in one of the courtyards as a temporary solution.

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