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  Benefits to Dogs  

Studies have shown that dogs that exercise and are allowed to run freely are not as aggressive towards people as dogs that are under-exercised. Allowing dogs to have an off-leash area socializes dogs. It brings them in contact with other dogs and causes them to be less aggressive in each future encounter with dogs. Off-leash Dog Parks improve the mental state of dogs. Many dog owners report that after a visit to a Dog Exercise Park their dog is less agitated, more relaxed and in general nicer to be around.

  Benefits to Dog Owners  

The benefits enjoyed by dogs are also benefits to dog owners. A well adjusted, less aggressive dog is more enjoyable and easier to handle for the owner. In addition, there are benefits of Off-leash Dog Parks to owners alone. Research shows that benefits include:

  • Allows people to meet and form the bonds of community.
  • Allows people to have the pleasure of watching their dogs at play.
  • Contributes to the overall physical fitness of people by encouraging them to exercise with their dogs.
  • Provides an opportunity for dog owners to enjoy the outdoors.
  Benefits to the Community  

Dog Exercise Parks also make dogs better members of their communities. By providing socialization and exercise opportunities dogs are less aggressive, reducing the risks of dog attacks. In addition, well-exercised puppies and dogs are less likely to create a nuisance by barking excessively or destroying property. Communities benefit in other ways that do not rest on the improved behavior of dogs. These include:

  • Creates a social hub for communities.
  • Socializes and exercises dogs in a safe environment.
  • Promotes responsible pet ownership.
  • Provides elderly and disabled owners with an accessible place to exercise their companions.
  • Promotes public health and safety.
  • Provides a tool for realistic enforcement of dog control laws.


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