The Landscape Guide

16.32 Dog Parks

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Taking a dog for a walk is one of the most popular park activities in some countries. In other countries:

  • dogs are kept as home pets
  • dogs are banned from public parks

The reasons for not allowing dogs in parks are:

  • lumps of dog excrement are unwelcome
  • when not on a lead, dogs can intimidate other park users

The UK is a nation of dog lovers and taking your dog to the park has the almost the status of a human right. Since the 1990s it has been increasingly managed. Owners often asked to carry a polythene bag and use it to collect any excrement their dog leaves.

In France, dogs have traditionally been banned from urban parks.

In the USA, there are special 'dog parks' where owners are allowed to exercise their dogs.