I recently read a letter in the the Detroit Lakes paper from a couple that bemoaned the fact that the city was (finally) going to build a dog park. They didn’t like the park near them, and didn’t want to drive or walk to the city park so that their kids could play ball.
So let me tell you why a dog park is good – for humans.
- At dog parks, pets serve as a safe way to meet new people and engage in conversation. Normally shy, socially awkward people come to life when talking about their dog.
- You learn a lot about people based on how they treat their dog and how their dog interacts with people and other dogs. Kids can learn ways to better train their dog (adults too) simply by interacting with experienced dog owners.
- Dog parks provide a place for owners to get information about local veterinarians, groomers, shelters, and more. Let your dog run and play and network!
- Relationships made at the park are oftentimes extended outside the park. It’s a community of like-minded people, and you might find that you have more in common than being a dog lover.
So the advice I would give to the family opposing the dog park is this. Get a dog. And bring the whole family for an afternoon at the park. You might just enjoy yourself!