Monday, October 4, 2010
Chicagoing: On Chicago Dog Parks
We have mixed feelings about the dog parks. When used responsibly they can be a great place for the dogs to run and release energy. But at the same time, many of the parks have become too popular and overcrowded. The parks themselves are rather small, and sometimes there will be 40+ dogs in there at at time. Given the excitement of being able to run free, the multitude of dogs being met at one time, owners bringing in toys and balls, and tiny dogs romping among bigger dogs this can be a huge recipe for disaster.
Now we have been lucky enough to find a "secret dog park".
So while it's nice to have the option, the dog parks are just a luxury for our dogs. Between our daily walks, and running, they are getting exercise and socialization. If they are especially excited, we also have an option of sending them to Unleashed dog daycare, which is pit-friendly and monitors dog interactions.
I think the city dog parks leave much to be desired. How are the dog parks in your area?