Dogs have no places at a children's playground. I would report, report, report.
I think there should be dedicated enclosed dog parks in each council area, then we wouldn't even need to worry about leashing or not leashing.
I agree with Kimberlygal on this one (shock horror). I grew up in the inner west in Sydney - very densely populated, tiny courtyards, and the amount of people who have massive dogs, rotties, german shepards and those dogs just left there howling all day long while their owners are at work. Park or no park, that seems really cruel to me.
Our dogs have two acres fenced just for them. Just because they have space doesn't mean they dont need attention. We still take our dogs for runs (dog aggressive so we run them around the fields). They get all depressed if we don't. Lots of space does not make a good/responsible owner.
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We have two dogs in a largish yard but we take them to our local dog beach regularly for a huge run and swim. Dogs need access to different spaces to stave off boredom and to keep them challenged.
I don't like dogs in playgrounds, and where we live there are no fenced off leash areas so all parks are off leash but dogs must be on leash near playgrounds or when sport is being played. Dogs should be well behaved and even in a dog friendly area people should be able to expect them to behave around children. I also get frustrated when people don't want dogs around them ever, at all. For us dogs are part of our family and in my view are critical to my children having a happy and balanced childhood. I get that some kids are scared of them but it's often something that can be overcome through familiarity and being around gentle dogs. I've been a dog owner for over 20 years and love what they add to our life.
I have a large space (house) for me and my DH and get plenty of attention with lots to do but if I don't get out of the house I go stir crazy/bored etc. The way I see it is if I wouldn't like to be in the same space 24/7 (my house) why would my dogs like to be in the backyard 24/7.
We use to have quite a large back yard and my dogs were still walked daily but usually quite quick walks we have now moved to a significantly smaller block our dogs still walked daily but on longer walks with access to a creek for swimming and they are much happier now than before. We are currently living in a house with a 450m2 block with 2 working breed dogs. In my experience having the 'plenty of space' is not really that important.
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