Do You Know What a Dog Park Needs?
A dog park is a happy place where dogs and their owners can truly unwind and be free! Many pet parents are willing to travel great distances to visit their favorite park, and some even consider proximity to a dog park when relocating. Designing a beautiful dog park doesn't have to be an overwhelming or extravagant experience. Still, it can be a terrific way to express creativity and create something very beneficial for your community. 10 main features should be considered in the planning stage to create a lovely and user-friendly bark park.
1 – Fenced Area
The fenced area allows dogs and owners alike to relax and unwind. It gives dogs the rare opportunity to run off-leash and explore to their heart's content as well as socialize with other dogs. It also keeps dogs and people on the outskirts of the dog park safe. When considering the fenced area, will it be an all-inclusive area or will there will be separate small and large dog areas? What type of fencing to use? Typically, a 4 to 6 ft fence is best equipped with a double-gated entry to allow for easy in and out access and to avoid dogs from escaping. The gate should also be wide enough to allow for wheelchair access. The site should have grass (or turf). Gravel is not recommended as it can hurt dogs' paws.
2 – Locking Mechanism
If your dog park is part of an apartment complex, this may not be such an issue, but if it's part of a subdivision, thought must be given to the gate locking mechanism. Do you want everyone to have access including those that do not live in your neighborhood? Do you wish to install a lock so that only those authorized to use the dog park can enter? Would a keypad with a code or a traditional lock and key be a better option?
2 – Water Fountain
A water fountain is especially vital in the intense Texas heat, but in reality, every dog park benefits from a water fountain for both dogs and humans alike.Not only do people overheat, but as dogs are running free expending their pent-up energy, they need to be able to hydrate properly. A water fountain with a hose attachment so dogs can be hosed down and cooled off, or rinsed off if they get muddy, is a particularly nice feature.
3 – Pet Waste Station
The size of the dog park will determine how many DOGIPOT Pet Waste Stations should be placed throughout the dog park. However, pet waste stations are imperative for the proper disposal of dog waste which will help keep the dog park clean and tidy so dogs and owners can enjoy the space freely, never worried about tracking unwanted residue home with them. Keeping these fully stocked is also essential, just as the regular emptying of the trash containers.
4 – Water Feature
Although not possible in every dog park, a pool is an attractive feature in a dog park and allows for dogs to splash and play, and cool down. Even a kiddie pool can be a great way to provide additional fun for dogs who like to play in water.
5 – Gym/Agility Equipment
No dog park is complete without some exercise equipment. The size of the park with greatly determine how many pieces of equipment will fit and work in the space, but in almost all cases, at least two pieces of agility equipment will fit and provide the much needed physical and mental stimulation dogs look for and need. There are many types of agility/play equipment available, choose the one that best suits your dog park and budget.
6 – Toys
Most dogs love balls, whether they be tennis balls or soccer balls. Providing just a couple of these with a ball thrower that is inexpensive can give yet another stimulus that dogs thoroughly enjoy, and dog owners enjoy participating in. A box to store these in when not in use is a nice feature and will ensure they do not get destroyed when the area is mowed.
7 – Seating area
The dog park is an opportunity for dogs not only to play and run but to socialize with other dogs. So it is for dog owners as they can enjoy this time to relax and socialize. A seating area is a basic need in any dog park and will make for a more enjoyable experience for the dog owners.
8 – Shade
A seating area is essential, and so is shade for that seating area. You may have trees that provide the perfect cover over the bench, but if not, you may wish to consider a shade canopy.
9 – Dog Park Rules Sign
Most people believe they know dog park rules, but it always bears reminding everyone what is expected and what will not be tolerated when using the dog park. Maybe you have rules that are very specific to your dog park? These should be made clear so there is no misunderstanding.
10 – Solar Lighting
Although most dog parks can only be used during the day, there are instances where it is appropriate for the park to be available during evening hours. In this case, solar lighting is a great option.
Designing a beautiful dog park that will be enjoyed by both dogs and their owners is about being creative and giving some thought to the needed elements. Always keep in mind play and safety. And a final thought, although not a necessity, the traditional red fire hydrant that typifies a fun dog park is always a great addition to any dog park!