If you aren't already familiar with the concept of a dog park, it is very simple. A dog park is a designated fenced area where dogs can play and exercise off-leash. So why does Key Biscayne need a park for dogs and their owners? Here are several of the compelling arguments:
Safe Exercise & Socialization for Dogs
A dog park provides a safe environment for puppies and adult dogs to play and exercise safely in an enclosed space. Well-socialized puppies turn into better canine citizens.
Happy, Healthy Dogs
A dog park leads to better exercised dogs. This leads to happier and healthier dogs. Just like humans, dogs need regular exercise.
Fewer Off-Leash Dogs in Fields or Parks
A dog park gives dog owners a designated space to exercise their dogs, which leads to fewer off-leash dogs in community fields and parks. This helps prevent incidents with other park users (such as joggers and small children) and those who may be fearful of dogs.
A dog park helps lead to regularly exercised dogs in the community. Tired, exercised dogs make better next door neighbors and are less likely to bark incessantly, destroy property or jump on neighbors.
A dog park helps build community and lasting friendships between dogs and their owners. Dogs help to bring people together and break down many social or economic barriers.
Access for Elderly & Disabled Dog Owners
The emotional, health and social benefits of pet ownership are unquestionable. A dog park provides elderly and disabled owners with an accessible place to exercise their companions.